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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
- 'Belong, Believe, Become' points (see below)
- 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.
Learning behaviours and BBB points
We have a set of learning behaviours (see below) that students are encouraged to display. These are incorporated into our school values of Belong, Believe, Become. Students that display these learning behaviours are rewarded with BBB points. We regularly celebrate students who have achieved BBB points with certificates, postcards and badges.
"How curious are you?"
One of our key learning behaviours is being curious about learning. We feel it is important that students develop a love of learning and are active in their lessons through asking and answering questions and students are regularly rewarded BBB points for doing so.
We also want our students to be curious outside of their lessons and have launched a competition entitled “How curious are you?”. Every Monday a curious question is released via social media and students have all week to think about the question and submit a response to the ‘curious box’ in the library.
On a Friday, student leaders read these responses and select winning entries. Participating in this competition encourages students to display our learning behaviours such as being curious about learning, thinking hard and showing scholarly behaviours outside of lessons and therefore all entries receive 5 BBB points.
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.
Full details of our expectations for behaviour, both inside and outside of the academy, and of our approach to rewards, sanctions, support and intervention, can be found in our behaviour policy downloadable from our Student Welfare page.