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Rewards policy

Adopted: Summer 2016

Introduction

Excellence can be learned, and achieved through practice and effort. At Jane Austen College we believe strongly that students can achieve great things if they put their mind to it. Our rewards policy encourages students to overcome challenges and develop a growth mindset in order to achieve their goals.

Our rewards are there to acknowledge each individual student’s part in investing in their own education and future.

We also value our college community. Our rewards policy promotes that school community and encourages a sense of identity and belonging through the house system, encouraging students to strive for rewards on behalf of their house as well as on an individual basis.

Rewards are given when a student:

  • Demonstrates significant effort, in lessons or outside of them, including demonstrating creativity and not being afraid to take risks with their learning and get things wrong.
  • Demonstrates excellent progress with their learning and achievement.
  • Demonstrates significant support for another student, perhaps encouraging them to develop their own growth mindset.
  • Demonstrates significant commitment to the college community.

R1 House points

Our staff will stamp a house point in a student’s journal to recognise efforts in the areas above. Form tutors will stamp a house point in students’ journals for every week of full attendance.

R2 Postcards and parental contact

Heads of faculty will send postcards home to recognise effort, progress, and achievement. Class teachers will also make comments in student diaries and/or make phone calls home.

R3 House assembly awards

Heads of house will recognise achievement, including attendance and house points, in weekly assemblies. Student achievements will also be shared via electronic message boards across the school.

R4 College awards assembly

Heads of house will recognise achievement, including attendance and house points, in half-termly assemblies. This will include specific house awards for attitude, contribution, and attainment.

R5 Annual prize-giving

An annual prize-giving ceremony will celebrate those students who have achieved and contributed the most throughout the year. Parents and invited guests will attend and significant achievements will be celebrated.