Rewarding Students at Wath Academy
At Wath academy we believe firmly that students who are consistently meeting or exceeding our expectations, should be rewarded for doing so. We have an electronic rewards system, known as E-praise. The system is linked to the school website in the Learning Platform section.
Each student has their own account, which contains information about the points they have received, who has given the points and what they have been awarded for. They can login to the system from home using the same username and password they use to access the school computer network. When students login to E-praise they will be able to view their “dashboard”, which gives a summary of key information
Below is an example of a student dashboard:
Earning Reward Points
Students can earn E-praise points by completing homework. The system works in conjunction with the homework software Satchel One, that is used within the academy to set, track and assess homework. When a student completes a homework task it will be assessed as submitted and this will generate an E-praise point.
Another way to earn rewards is by demonstrating exceptional commitment to one of the school’s Key Drivers during a lesson, which prompts the teacher to add them to the 'reward board'. The teacher will then add this to SIMS, which will generate an E-praise point for the student.
At certain points throughout the year there are special events, which give an opportunity for students to gain extra rewards. These include: Key Driver awards assemblies for Academic Year Leaders where nominees and winners are given additional points, and World Kindness Day, where students showing particular kindness towards others are awarded extra points by staff members who witness it.
Losing Reward Points
Whilst the priority is to accentuate the positive in respect of rewards, it is also important for students to understand the consequences of negative behaviour. This is reflected in the E-praise system, where points are deducted when a student fails to meet expectations in regard to behaviour and attitude to learning. If a student receives a detention, either for being removed from a lesson due to poor conduct, or for misconduct during break or lunchtime then points will be deducted from their account. In addition, if a student fails to submit a piece of homework this will lead to a point being deducted.
Golden ticket events
At the end of each half term the Academy will hold a Golden Ticket event to celebrate the achievements of students. These events involve giving students access to exciting activities in a session, usually in the last week of the half term. Students gain access to the Golden Ticket event by spending 50 of their E-praise points. Only students who have enough points will be able to participate in this reward activity. This gives students an extra incentive to work hard and meet expectations.
Activities so far have included: Inflatable assault course, total wipe-out activity, e-sport tournaments, indoor sports (air hockey, table tennis, table football), laser tag, climbing wall, trampolining and cinema experience. The Academy is looking to extend the range of activities over time.