Achieving at Murray Park School
At Murray Park School, we recognise and value the worth of all our pupils. We believe that every pupil can learn and grow to become young adults that contribute positively to society. We value and embrace the diverse backgrounds of all our pupils and believe that every one of them can achieve success in their own way. We are committed to providing as many opportunities as possible for our students to learn, develop and grow. Equally we are determined to acknowledge and praise all efforts and successes of our students. Our focus is on developing young people to have a positive and growth mind-set that primes them for achieving success throughout their entire life.
We have a strong set of values which have been created by our students. All positive points are based on these values: Perseverance Respect Independence Dreams Excellence
Aims of the reward system:
The objectives for the rewards policy are:
- To raise aspirations and promote a positive attitude towards school life and beyond
- To promote a positive and happy learning environment for all staff and students
- To increase students’ self-esteem through consistent and positive recognition
- To enable and support pupils in developing the skills and attitudes required to meet the challenges of adult life
- To promote consistency across the school when rewarding students for their work or behaviour
- To promote a positive ethos of success and achievement that is accessible to all students
- To clearly describe different stages of praise and rewards the school will offer
- To ensure a consistent and desirable pattern of rewards
- To support pupils in adhering to the school’s Code of Conduct
Pupils at Murray Park School are praised in a variety of ways:
- Formally: Learner of the Week, certificates, reward trips, public displays of work, articles in the school newsletter, etc.
- Informally: verbally in and out of lesson, positive feedback on work, in assemblies, displaying work, contact with parents/carers, etc.
This policy will bring together all aspects of school life; pastoral, academic, extra-curricular and social. Pupils will be recognised in a points based system, designed to encourage and promote opportunities for all pupils to grow. All pupils will earn GO4SCHOOLS Points that will be assigned using the GO4SCHOOLS program and will be regularly monitored, tracked and reviewed. Good behaviour is vital to students’ progress and achievement in school as well as developing personal responsibility in the community. The school has a stepped approach to sanctions which encourages positive behaviour and works alongside the rewards system. All behaviour and reward points can be viewed by parents on their Go4Schools personalised area.
The following table describes some of the ways that pupils can earn reward points:
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The GO4SCHOOLS Points earned by pupils will trigger a variety of reward opportunities ranging from:
- Praise texts home
- Letters and postcards home
- Recognition in assemblies/ newsletters/ school website/ displays and tutor notices
- Small prizes such as stationary/ sweets and Chocolates
- Invitation to the half termly Head teachers assemblies
- Invitation to attend the Governors celebration afternoon
- Tickets for the end of year summer prize draw
- Free trip to the cinema
- Pizza parties and movie afternoons
- Gift vouchers
- Invitation to take part in community competitions
- Invitation to celebration evenings
- Invitation to rewards trips
Other reward opportunities may also be offered throughout the year.
Pupils will be regularly updated with their total GO4SCHOOLS points through tutor time in the mornings. Highest achieving pupils will be displayed, celebrated and highlighted on the weekly tutor notices. Pupils who struggle to accumulate points will also be discretely challenged and encouraged to actively participate.
Staff training will be given on how to implement the reward points on GO4SCHOOLS in order to ensure that the rewards system is fair and consistent.
These are designed to reward students who have demonstrated excellent attendance and behaviour over the course of a term with an opportunity to participate in a specific trip or activity. The venues are selected and the trips organised by a designated Head of Year. Upon receipt of an invitation pupils are still required to pay for the cost of the activity. The criteria under which an invitation will be extended to students are;
- Pupils are chosen by their Head of Year for having fulfilled the criteria of 95% attendance or better in a given term
- A pupil will not have received more than three GO4SCHOOLS incident reports in a given term
- A pupil will not have been placed on any form of pastoral or subject report at any time during a given term
- A pupil will not have been referred to the Internal Exclusion Unit at any time during a given term or will have been served a fixed term exclusion
Pupils are invited to participate in the Rewards Trips by letter which requires a signed parental response.
This is an annual opportunity to invite pupils to a celebration of their achievements at a formal awards ceremony attended by pupils, parents, staff and members of the governing body. Pupils are invited to attend the ceremony in recognition of their achievements and to be publicly awarded. Nominations are made by subject leaders and Heads of Year which celebrate outstanding achievement in a number of areas. The rewards include public recognition at a formal ceremony, certificates, prizes and trophies.
Evaluating the Rewards
The rewards policy will be evaluated in several ways to ensure its relevancy and impact;
- Analysis of points awarded, ensuring appropriateness and consistency
- Data provided from the system indicating trends in groups or individual pupils
- Lesson observations and Learning Walks
- Comparing rewards with attendance and incident information
- Observations during tutor time and assemblies
- Number of pupils triggering rewards
- Consultation with JLT, SLT, staff, parents/carers and pupils on their perceptions of the rewards system.
- Number of invitations issued to the awards evening and the Head teacher assemblies