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Teesdale 2017-324

New rewards system

At Teesdale we pride ourselves on a highly effective rewards system that acknowledges and celebrates the achievements and successes of all our pupils. Students will be recognised and praised for their academic achievements, progress, contributions to the school community, behaviour and attendance.

We strongly believe that pupils should be regularly and fairly rewarded for their achievements, to not only celebrate pupils’ successes, but to also inspire and motivate young people to achieve their very best and become confident, independent learners. This vision, in turn, raises standards and improves behaviour and attendance.

Outlined below are the various methods used across the school from Year 7 through to Year 11.

Achievement Points

It is an expectation that students should: (No achievement points will be awarded)

  • Have all the relevant equipment for lessons
  • Work hard and make progress in lessons
  • Complete all Homework that is set
  • Arrive on time

To gain achievement points:

  • Hand in an outstanding piece of classwork / homework (1pt) Subject Teacher
  • 100% attendance each half term (5pts) Given by Director of KS
  • Perform exceptionally well in an extra-curricular or enrichment activity (1pt) Given by Director of KS
  • Students that have excellent ATL in all subjects (5pts) Given by Director of KS
  • Subject awards end of half term (5pts) Given by Head of Subject (1 male & 1 female per year group)

Teachers will only give achievement points when the quality of work/performance is exceptional in relation to a student’s progress.

This not only encourages healthy competition amongst our pupils, but also motivates and inspires them to go above and beyond the norm in becoming successful learners.

Subject Pins

These will be awarded every half term to two students in each year group (1 male & 1 female). These may be worn on their blazer.

Subject pins
Subject pins

Postcards Home

Postcards are sent home to our pupils and parents to recognise and praise a pupil for a particular achievement, act or effort. The exceptionally positive feedback from pupils and parents alike, suggests that this method of rewarding our pupils is highly valued and appreciated by all. All subject teachers, as well as the pastoral teams, use postcards to celebrate achievement and pupils really value receiving postcards as they provide them with a physical reward as recognition of their hard work, effort and commitment.

Achievement Assemblies

Achievement Assemblies are held termly and are an excellent opportunity to celebrate achievements in a formal, high profile manner. Through analysis of our Rewards system, individual subject nominations and attendance records we use Achievement Assemblies to praise and recognise the whole term successes of pupils who have consistently and continuously pushed themselves to achieve well. These are led by the House Mangers.

There are a wide range of categories that students are recognised for in these Achievement Assemblies. These include rewards for attendance, rewards for excellent contribution to the school through enrichment, rewards for subject achievements and rewards for the number of achievement points achieved by form.

End of Year Celebration Evening

The Celebration Evening are another high profile event within our rewards system. Celebration Evenings commend our nominated pupils for going the extra mile in one or more subjects or within the school community as a whole. Pupils can be nominated for an outstanding academic or sporting achievement, for achieving success against the odds or for making an exceptional contribution to the wider school community. This prestigious event is an opportunity to formally invite parents along to join us in commemorating their child’s successes and achievements. The evening includes an award ceremony hosted by the Senior Management Team, Directors of Key Stage and Head of Subjects. This gratifying evening is concluded with drinks and nibbles and a chance for staff, parents and pupils to chat informally. This part of the evening is welcomed by many and completes a fantastic evening celebrating the outstanding achievements of our students.

Whilst it is not expected that all students will be invited to this event every year, it is our aim to ensure that all students, within a year group, receive an invite at least once during their five years in the main school from year 7-11. These Celebration Evenings continue in the Sixth Form, where students have a further opportunity to showcase their talents.