Rewards and Achievement Policy
“To say “well done” to any bit of good work is to take hold of the powers that made the effort and strengthen them beyond our knowledge” Philip Brooks
“I can live for two months on a good compliment” Mark Twain
At Harris Academy Rainham we acknowledge the importance of praise, the thrill of success and the glow of recognition. We seek to promote and reinforce our expectations of students at any given and relevant opportunity. Praise rewards the deserving, can inspire those who from time to time may be struggling and can inspire and motivate the disenchanted. Seeking ways to reward must be at the heart of our teaching.
We will reward whenever possible:
- Formally or informally
- Publically or discretely
We will ensure that students of all ability levels and in all year groups benefit from our rewards processes and that there is a consistent application across Subjects, Key Stages and Year Groups and that there is no inconsistency between teachers. Rewards will be given sincerely and fairly as a means of acknowledging effort, achievement or an action, which is above and beyond the norm.
The rewards system in Harris Academy Rainham links into:
- Caring for others/Contribution to the/a community
- Positive attitude/ enthusiasm
- Exceptional rates of progress or improvement
A variety of methods of rewarding achievement exists at Harris Academy Rainham and these are currently:
- Verbal Praise
- A Teacher commendation to be logged on BROMCOM
- A Middle leader commendation to be logged on BROMCOM
- Commendation via a postcard or email or letter home
- A positive phone call home
- Public display of high quality work
- Acknowledgement through Assembly
- Certificate/Awards at reward assemblies and at prize giving events.
Generally, as a standard part of every lesson we will look for ways to find students doing things well. We will praise them for this. We will ensure that the quiet, compliant student is not overlooked and we will aim to speak to every member of the class during the course of a lesson positively. A positive atmosphere of mutual enjoyment should be evident in every lesson.
Form the backbone of our rewards system and can be given by any member of staff. Every member of the teaching staff is expected to give at least one commendation every lesson. The teacher should give the commendation publically in most instances thus underlining the importance of the reward within the context of the whole school’s vision. Commendations can be given as a sticker, but should always be put on BROMCOM, where they will be accumulated and tracked by the Rewards coordinator. Parents and pupils are encouraged to keep track of the points awarded using our parent portal system.
Within the school, we feel it is important to reward every pupil for maintaining the high standard we expect. Any pupil with 100% attendance, no negative behaviours or lates will be automatically awarded commendations each week; additional commendations are also awarded each term. Awards are given as reward for students with the highest BROMCOM totals at the end of each term. We will use the totals on BROMCOM to select students to participate in a variety of reward activities put on by the school during the academic year.
Teaching and Support staff can also use BROMCOM to send an email to parents to tell them of their children’s achievements as well as send personalised Post Cards and letters to individual students.
Harris Academy Rainham we are working to promote a healthy acceptance culture of positive praise, which is evident throughout all the year groups. It is “cool” within our School to be successful and students receive their honours with pride. The Head teacher meets the nominated ‘Student of the Week’ from the lower school weekly. The Headteacher meets with Student of the Month from the upper part of the school monthly.
Prizes in the form of certificates are also given for 100% attendance.
Each year evenings are set aside to acknowledge the diverse range of achievements of our students. The School Play, Concert, Carol Service and the Sports Awards Evening are some examples of these.