Recognising the children for excellent effort, super learning and behaviour that meets or goes beyond our expectations is very important to us. In acknowledging these things we aim for the recognition to be as immediate as possible and for it to be given in most cases by class staff who are working with the children. We have done this as the children have repeatedly said to us in various pupil voice discussions that these two aspects are really important to them. Although these aims remain very important to us, we want to regularly evaluate what we do in this area and the impact it is having.
As well as pupil voice telling us that recognition should be as immediate as possible and usually from those who the children work with, we have based our recognition systems on the research of Paul Dix. There is a link to his website for further information and a video clip.
Recognition systems at Wath CofE Primary School
· Staff greet the children at the start of each day to support positive relationships.
· Children around school are recognised through positive praise from adults as adults look for best conduct first. For children in KS1 and Year 3, this is made really clear to the children and families through Dojo points.
· In each class, we teach the children behaviour through our three main behaviours of fantastic walking, focused listening and kindness.
· Children going over and above our expectations in these areas or other aspects of learning or behaviour are celebrated on their class recognition board.
· Some of the children on the recognition board will receive messages home or staff will have individual conversations with their parents/carers to recognise them further.
· Class staff will nominate stars of the day or stars of the week based on their recognition boards so that children can be recognised more widely by their peers. Staff in each class decide what this recognition will look in discussion with the children so that it motivates them and matches their age.
· The Headteacher and other senior leaders look for daily heroes around school and send Dojo messages to families to recognise their excellent learning behaviours or conduct.
· Class teachers in KS1 and KS2 nominate a hero for their class every two weeks based on their behaviour or great learning. The Headteacher celebrates this with each child individually and telephones their families to celebrate it with them.
Recognition systems and the future
· Each term we carry out pupil voice to discover what the children value about our recognition systems and what they would like us to improve. Last term, we added a system for whole class recognition when the class group had shown great learning or great behaviour. We also survey parents each year so that their views help shape our systems.
· This year, we are working on using the Christian Values of love, hope, peace, joy and forgiveness to give the children a deeper understanding of positive behaviour.