We look to celebrate success, and our teachers are always on the look out to ‘catch students doing things well’. We like informal praise, where teachers look to find opportunities to praise students every day as part of their normal classroom practice. We praise and reward children for good behaviour in a variety of ways:
Our House system and House merit scheme
Upon entry to our school, each student is allocated a House:
- Saxons (Green)
- Vikings (Yellow)
- Romans (Blue)
- Normans (Red).
Within each class, we try to ensure a balanced number of girls and boys in each House.
Our House system enables us to have a merit scheme whereby students earn PAWS (Primary school) and Merits (Secondary school).
The House system also enables smooth organisation of internal competitions such as house sports events.
Primary School Rewards (EYFS, KS1, KS2)
PAWS stands for P-Positive Behaviour; A-Academic Achievement; W-Working Together; S-Sport
The children earn PAWS to record their academic and non-academic achievements. Children can be awarded 1,2, or even 3 (in exceptional circumstances) PAWS for a variety of reasons. The system aims to encourage a real sense of pride and achievement as well as fostering a strong community spirit amongst them. The children collect PAWS throughout the year, potentially earning Bronze, Gold, Silver, Emerald and Diamond certificates. Children record all PAWS on their own giant PAW with all PAWS subsequently tallied at the end of the academic year and added to house totals.
1 PAW (Isolated achievement - Kindness, good work, helpfulness)
- Modelling good behaviour
- Great manners (holding doors open, excuse me to get past)
- Showing good behaviour that they normally find difficult (trying hard to sit nicely on the carpet, answer questions, start tasks straight away)
- Sharing (without being asked)
- Following any of the Golden Rules without prompts.
- Following carpet time rules.
- Good homework
2 PAWS (Sustained achievement – good behaviour, achieved target, creative homework)
- Achieving targets and goals set by the teacher (over a period of time)
- Any of the number 1 paw criteria but over an extended period of time (to show the constantly well behaved children that they are recognised)
- Work of a very high standard.
- Persisting with a task they find challenging without adult intervention
3 PAWS (Special / exceptional achievement – Something above and beyond the norm)
- Outstanding achievements that are considerably higher than normal expectations.
Please see the attachment below for more examples how PAWS are earned.
‘Star of the Week’ and ‘You’ve Been Spotted’
In Years 1-6, children gather each Friday to decide on a ‘Star of the Week’. The children vote and the child voted ‘Star of the Week has their name read out in our weekly Celebrations Assembly. The Star of the Week also receives a certificate from their teacher. In EYFS one child from each class is ‘Spotted’ by their class teacher for doing well at something over the course of the week. At the weekly Spotted Assembly the child’s name is read out and a certificate is awarded.
Secondary School Rewards
Students in secondary school are awarded house points for excellent work in class, excellent homework or for making an outstanding effort. Totals are calculated each week and are displayed in the classrooms. House point badges are awarded to students in Celebration Assemblies.
Bronze - 25 Merits
Silver - 50 Merits
Gold - 100 Merits
Platinum - 150 Merits