Praise and reward at Vandyke

At Vandyke we place a great deal of emphasis on highlighting student achievements, both inside and outside the classroom.

There are three main strands to our system, which are as follows:

Year Group Rewards:

  • Praise postcards from Directors of Year or Heads of Year for excellent and very good reports.
  • Students with excellent progress reports are invited to special chocolate assemblies where we talk about their successes and reward each student with a chocolate bar.
  • Every half term, each year group has an achievers' assembly to highlight students who have had excellent/very good reports and excellent attendance and punctuality
  • Every year we have an annual awards evening for each year group, where students are invited to attend if they have shown a consistent effort throughout the year in their progress reports.  This is an evening where we also celebrate achievement in music, drama, sport, dance, design technology and participation in student voice.
  • Achievement is also assessed by tutor group, for example, prizes are given for the tutor group with the highest number of achievement points, best attendance etc.
  • Directors and Heads of Year meet with students who are making an excellent effort or progress in lessons and this is followed up with letters home to parents.
  • The Head Teacher meets regularly with students from all year groups who are making an excellent effort or progress in lessons.

Subject/Department Rewards:

  • Teachers are reminded regularly to record positive recognition on the SIMS log through a rolling programme that is published in the weekly staff bulletin and on the guidance programme. Staff will be reminded to do this via the weekly briefing.
  • Teachers are encouraged to send praise postcards for excellent pieces of work.
  • Achievement boards are exhibited in each department and these are regularly updated with names and photographs of students performing well in a particular subject.
  • Some departments nominate students for recognition at the annual awards evening.

Tutor Rewards:

  • Tutors look at SIMS log weekly and tell students when they have a praise mention from a particular member of staff or subject.
  • Tutors record these mentions via a tutor group chart with stickers.
  • Tutors complete a praise postcard when tutees have received three praise mentions from teachers on the log.