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Rewards and Praise
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. It is ‘cool’ to be successful at Harris Academy Rainham and students receive their honours with pride.
We will reward whenever possible: formally or informally, publicly or discretely, regularly, consistently and sincerely. Praise rewards the deserving, inspires those who from time to time may be struggling, and motivates the disenchanted. Seeking ways to reward must be at the heart of our teaching.
How we reward
At Harris Academy Rainham we reward achievement in several ways including:
- Verbal praise
- Teacher commendations
- Middle leader commendations
- Commendation via a postcard or email or letter home
- A positive phone call home
- Public display of high quality work
- Acknowledgement through our termly awards assemblies
- Certificates or awards handed out at special reward assemblies and at prize giving events
We will ensure that the quiet, compliant student is not overlooked and we will aim to speak positively to every member of the class during the course of a lesson. A positive atmosphere of mutual enjoyment should be evident in every lesson.
Points and commendations
Commendations form the backbone of our rewards system and can be given by any member of staff. Pupils are awarded points for going 'above and beyond' – this may be by attending extra-curricular clubs, representing the school or producing outstanding work, for example.
Commendations can be given as a sticker, but will always be put on BROMCOM (our school management information system), 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.
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 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 postcards and letters to individual students.
Prizes in the form of certificates are also given for 100% attendance. Any pupil with 100% attendance, no negative behaviours or ‘lates’ will be automatically awarded commendations each week; additional commendations are also awarded each term.
Each year we set aside special evenings to acknowledge the diverse range of achievements of our students. These include the school play, concert, carol service and Sports Awards Evening.