At Carmel Christian School Bristol, we strive to cultivate children success, and one of the ways in which we achieve this is through our effective reward system. Our recent Ofsted report stated that ‘pupils’ behaviour is outstanding’, and we aim to recognise this to inspire our students to continue their good work.
Often, schools will place emphasis on reacting to the bad behaviour from students, and showing no sign of recognition toward their good behaviour. At Carmel Christian School, we place a high emphasis on celebrating our student’s achievements and recognising their effort as well as disciplining them for poor behaviour. The Guardian argues, ‘The key to transformational change in schools starts not by attempting to squash the behaviour of the few, but by celebrating the excellent conduct of the many. Those children who do the right thing deserve your first attention and recognition every time.’ In order to acknowledge the good behaviour and excellent effort of our students, we have an extensive reward system, including verbal and written praise, merits and merit shop, privileges, honour roll, certificates, presentations, and our End of year Awards Ceremony.
A reward system will also motivate students. When goals are completed in the individualised learning programme, merits are awarded. These merits are saved for the termly merit shop where they can be used as currency to buy games, toys and books, all of which are educationally beneficial. This not only recognises their achievement and success, but inspires them to work harder.
Teachingmattersamy.weebly.com highlights, ‘Rewards systems are an effective way in which you can celebrate student achievement and positive student behaviour. The use of rewards within the classroom is a form of extrinsic motivation for students, encouraging them to participate cooperatively in academic and social learning experiences’ (Hoffman, Huff, Patterson & Nietfield, 2009).
At Carmel Christian School Bristol, we believe in preparing our students for successful living, and choose to celebrate their success on their educational journey. To find out more about our reward system, give us a call today.