Rewards at St. Dominic’s
We have consciously chosen to offer a variety of reward to our pupils and students. This is because they come to the school with a variety of needs and starting points meaning that a range of shorter and longer-term rewards and levels of privilege appropriate to age and stage captures the vast majority of pupils and students. Some of our young people are ‘quiet achievers’ and will manage their behaviour on a long term basis. Some struggle day to day and we need to make sure that there are rewards that motivate all.
For those pupils and students who are struggling to achieve rewards in place, an Individual Behaviour Support Plan (IBSP) is put in place to further personalise rewards and enable the individual to be successful.
Range of Rewards
Golden Time and Golden Assemblies (KS2)
Across the school day, pupils work towards gaining POINTs in line with the whole school system. Visual POINTs trackers ensure pupils are aware of what POINTs they have achieved and what they need to focus on to achieve 5. Pupils select a reward activity and collect their POINTs across lessons to ensure they are on track for ‘Golden Time’ sessions before lunch, and then again before the end of the school day.
Pupil’s engagement, achievements and progress are celebrated through weekly Golden Assemblies where they are awarded certificates for specific subject areas. Social awareness, friendship skills and positive decision-making are also celebrated through positive slips, and certificates for being ‘People Smart’ and ‘Self Smart’.
Parents also contribute to the celebration of success at weekend Golden Assemblies, by sending in ‘WOW moments’. These are examples of positive achievements at home.
POINTs is the system used to model and reward behaviour for learning in lessons. Points are awarded in every lesson for:
- Polite – Respect and Consideration for others
- On Task – Willing to work including Homework
- In on time – Ready to work with the right equipment
- Never give up – Keep on trying
- Talk it out – Sum up your lesson
At the end of each half term all the POINTs, are counted towards a reward.
Rewards work as follows:
- Bronze (85%) – Wear own clothes for one week
- Silver (90%) – Wear own clothes and an afternoon off time table.
- Gold (95%) – The above plus spend 60p at the village shop.
- Platinum (99%) – All of the above plus a trip to the cinema, bowling or a £5 gift voucher.
All rewards are given on the last week of every term. All pupils know that POINTs are out of how many lessons they have been to, so if they are unable to attend lessons due to illness, appointments etc., it will not affect their overall points tally.
Following consultation with the Student Voice, it was agreed that pupils who gained six gold awards over the year would be given the platinum award in the summer.
In 6th form, a similar system to POINTs of acknowledging and tracking behaviour is used in lessons. Although it is similar to POINTS, the 6th form felt strongly that they should be assessed differently and therefore we use the acronym REWARD.
- R – Respect and attitude
- E – Equipment
- W-work to level
- A – Assessment and editing
- R - Ready to work
- D – Deadline
Therefore, each student is given a score out of 6 for every lesson or session which allows them to work towards a certificate and a voucher at the end of each half term.
Positive Slips (Whole School)
Any member of staff can give positive slips in lessons and unstructured times to recognise and reward the following positive behaviours:
- Above and beyond work – work that is extra special
- Showing support – being supportive of a peer or member of staff, especially if they are finding something challenging
- Respect – showing an attitude of respect to peers and adults
- Responsible – showing an attitude of responsibility with a given task or taking on extra responsibility
- Safe – doing the right thing by making safe choices
Friday Afternoon Reward Activities (KS2-4)
Friday afternoon reward activities are based on work completion. We look at the ‘on task’ point for each lesson to determine work completion. If pupils complete all their work during the week they can take part in a chosen reward activity during lesson five on Fridays. If work is not completed in lessons, pupils have the opportunity to attend catch up or take the work home if this is a strategy that works for them. Every effort is made to ensure pupils complete the work required, however, if they don’t, they will do a catch up instead of their chosen activity on Friday during lesson five. Once the work is complete, they may join in with their chosen activity, time permitting.
Behaviour Reward Trips (Whole School)
Pupils and students can access termly reward trips. This system is in place to reward consistently good behaviour, specific positive behaviours and reduce negative behaviours. It works on a blocks system in which pupils and students can lose blocks if they get negative slips and gain blocks if they get positive slips.
Individual Behaviour Support Plans
If a pupil or student is struggling to access any of the reward incentives in place, personalised rewards will be put in place with short-term review through an individual behaviour support plan (IBSP).