Rawmarsh Community School

Gold/Silver/Bronze Standard

The pyramid highlights all the rewards that are given to students throughout the year and what they recieve.

It also highlights what the standard of award with Gold being the highest level of award that students can achieve across a full year. At the end of every year the pyramids are populated with the students who have received the stated awards.

Intra Year and Inter form Incentive League

Students are now grouped in tutor based on attendance/effort and behaviour within school. They will be in one of the following tutor groups, Challenge, Support or Inspire. They will be competing weekly and termly against others within their tutor group and across their year groups for weekly/termly prizes.

Each Year Team runs an incentive league using the forensic analysis of data on a week to week basis. The Year Leader will analyse how many CFCs, CFPs, late marks and what the attendance of each form was during the week. The forms are also set personalised targets from the Year Leader to meet each week.

Pupil/Star of the Week

In some year groups each week form tutors nominate a ‘Pupil/Star of the Week’ who receives an early lunch pass and phone call / text home to parents and guardians. This can be for a number of reasons from sport, academia, effort etc.

100% Attendance

Every Term students with 100% attendance for that full term are invited to have their photo taken as a whole group, this is then displayed around the school. Students receive a letter home praising them on their attendance and also receive a small prize.

Awards Assemblies

The Awards Assemblies take place at the end of each academic year and celebrate the success of students from year groups 7-10. The assemblies celebrate the achievements made by our students over the course of the last 12 months both in and out of school; in particular those who have excelled in subject areas, improved their effort or demonstrated outstanding effort consistently. The assemblies also celebrate attendance and endeavour.

Effort Ranking System

The effort rank will be displayed around school for students who have been ranked number 1 for the longest amount of time. In addition students who are number 1 in the effort rank will receive letters and phone calls / texts home. Students who are recognised for outstanding effort and improved effort have photo rewards that are sent home to parents.

Gold, Silver, Bronze Award

Three times a year students are given credit scores based on effort, attendance and punctuality. There are a total of 90 credits available for students with students achieving full credits receiving the Gold Award. With each award students receive a certificate and a gold, silver or bronze lapel pin that can be worn with their uniform. It is the responsibility of Year Leaders to determine which students are deserving of the Silver and Bronze Award.

Attendance Awards & Golden Ticket Scheme

Each month there is an attendance award presented to the forms with the highest attendance. This is a running league system that allows tracking of each form throughout the year. This information feeds into the Year Leader incentive leagues, end of year awards assemblies and students can see their forms running position each month. In addition, students who require additional intervention have been identified for the golden ticket scheme that encourages students to visit the attendance office daily recording their attendance. If they can do this for an entire month they receive financial incentives.

Year Leader Microforms

Each Year Leader uses data analysis to identify a cohort of top down and bottom up students who will receive micro mentoring on a weekly basis. Within this provision students receive regular target setting and monitoring. When students are working well they receive additional benefits such as morning breakfasts and they buy into a point scoring system which enables students to move up and receive higher incentives as they progress.

Year 11 Rewards Passport to the Prom

In Year 11 students have a ‘Passport to the Prom’ which they use to record progress on a weekly basis. Students who are successful in meeting targets, academic achievement, consistent effort and attendance can win rewards specifically linked to the prom at the end of the school year.

Cause for Praise

Our simplest and possibly most effective method of praise. When a student has gone above and beyond the usual high expectations we set staff complete a cause for praise which is shared with HOY, FT and as often as possible parents.

Praise Points

Were introduced to reduce the impact of CFPs awarded for ‘behaviour’ and for students who ‘had a good lesson.’ Student perception was that most CFPs were handed out to students who did not necessarily deserve them and whilst data suggests this is incorrect praise points remove the bias. They work as follows:

  • Effort – each excellent effort receives 1 praise point, coasting 0, requires significant improvement -1 and poor -2.
  • Cause for Praise – each CFP is equivalent to 1 praise point.
  • Cause for Concern – each CFC is equivalent to -1 praise point

BBC Newsday

Each year high performing students who are meeting our high expectations are invited to apply to be part of our BBC Newsday which links in with the national initiative. Groups of students are taken to Salford Quays to visit the studio and complete a number of activities during the day in school.

Tenner Challenge

All students in year groups 8-10 are invited to take part in the national initiative the Tenner Challenge. During this students raise money showing their entrepreneurial skills and decide how this money should be spent.

Leadership Lunch

Every half term all year groups and tutors nominate students in their tutor group who have gone above and beyond for that half term, displaying the rawmarsh way. These students are invited to a “leadership lunch”, during second break the cafeteria is closed to all other students and those nominated/invited are able to attend with a friend to receive a free lunch enjoyed with the Senior Leadership Team and their HOY/SPMs.

Faculty Leader Rewards

Each faculty has their own approach to rewards that recognise outstanding student achievement. These are displayed around school and include initiatives such as the Humanities Golden Book Award for presentation.

GCSE Presentation of Certificates Evening

At the end of each year past students are invited back for the presentation evening. During the event all students receive their GCSE certificates and the Year 11 Awards Assembly takes place. The awards recognise exceptional achievement in subject areas throughout the year. There are also awards for attendance, overcoming barriers, consistent all round performance and the Headteacher award for KS3 and KS4.

Positive Phone calls

All staff in every department are encouraged to make regular “positive praise” phone calls home for those students who they teach who have gone above and beyond in lessons that week, displayed the rawmarsh way and who are regularly working with high expectations.