Rewarding Achievement and Commitment to Learning at SVC
Our students have identified that they value recognition over reward. They speak highly of personal praise and relationship building as the behaviours they value in staff. In our school we have a number of ways in which we like to recognise students’ positive contributions to their learning and the college.
Teachers award Curriculum Credits in lessons to students who show excellence in their commitment to learning either through exceptional performance or significant improvement in relation to their resilience, resourcefulness or reflectiveness in class. 10% of students in each lesson should expect to gain a CC. Curriculum Credits are recorded at the end of lessons on the information system. Students are awarded with postcards home when they achieve Bronze (15 CCs), Silver (35 CCs), Gold (60 CCs), Platinum (75 CCs) and Diamond (100 CCs) levels and by inclusion in a prize draw at the end of each term in their House Celebration Assembly. On reaching 100 CCs the successful student is also invited for tea and cakes with the Principal.
As a way of recognising students who demonstrate responsible, respectful and safe behaviour in lessons and around the college site we award Recognition Cards. These are being awarded to students by any member of college staff for “over and above behaviours” not the basic expectations. Tutors on a weekly basis will award any recognition cards that have been written for their tutees and will celebrate these positive behaviours. The student will also bring the recognition card home for you to see and celebrate.
On a weekly basis our teaching staff are encouraged to make a Friday Phone Call home. We have asked teaching staff every week to make one phone call home in relation to a student of their choice who has worked exceptionally well in lessons that week (for part time staff they may make this phone call earlier in the week, whenever their working week ends) – it’s a lovely way for everyone to start the weekend!
Year 10 and 11 students can earn a ‘Spotlight on Success’ card from a member of the College Management Team during learning walks. As well as this in class recognition each student that has earnt a Spotlight is also entered into a weekly prize draw where they can win a £10 Amazon voucher.
Student achievement and effort is also recognised through letters/ emails home from each subject area praising excellence.
Achievement Boards in each Curriculum area celebrate individual achievements in line with the 5Rs (Responsible, respectful, resilience, resourcefulness, reflective). These are updated termly.
At the Celebration Assemblies run by each House at the end of every term, a broad range of student achievement is recognised and various awards are presented.
House and School Councils
Swavesey believes in giving every student an opportunity to have a say about their school. The whole student body is often given the opportunity to feedback on events through online questionnaires and make suggestions about what the School Council should be tackling via their tutor group reps on the 6 House Councils.
The School Council consists of the House Leaders who meet every half term to discuss and implement ideas that come from the House Councils. They may also form Focus Groups which any student can be a member of to explore particular issues in more depth. For example, at the moment there is a Focus group working with members of staff to provide feedback on how the 5Rs are used effectively in lessons. In the past, students have been involved in making decisions about uniform, use of mobile technology, developing the school canteen and reviewing the rewards and sanctions policy to name but a few.