It is through a pupil-centered and inclusive approach based on positive relationships that our pupils learn to understand, self-regulate and improve their own behaviour.
At Wath Central, we believe in a holistic approach; pupil centered and inclusive based on positive relationships. We are committed to creating an environment where exemplary behaviour is at the heart of productive learning. Everyone is expected to maintain the highest standards of personal conduct, to accept responsibility for their behaviour and encourage others to do the same. As members of our community, we adhere to the values of being: ‘Be Respectful, Be Ready, and Be Safe.’
The use of rewards can be effective for motivating most pupils with an aim on focusing positive rewards for positive behaviour rather than punishing inappropriate behaviour. Behaviour that leads to rewarding consequences are more likely to be repeated for most pupils. Our goal is for our children to be intrinsically motivated whereby they are engaged in a behaviour because it is personally rewarding; essentially, performing an activity for its own sake rather than the desire for some external reward.
We currently use the Class Dojo reward system to encourage positive behaviour in school. Children can earn Dojo points by demonstrating one of our school values through actions such as helping others, working hard, being kind to others and making good progress during lessons. We celebrate dojo points in classrooms and with parents and carers too. Parents and carers can view their child's achievements through a home login account. Click here to learn more.
There are also incentives for the children to earn as many points as possible. Dojo points are collected each term and children receive a gold, silver or bronze reward based on their individual scores. Rewards are provided for children who reach each platform, including certificates and different exciting experiences.
Learning Champion Assemblies
We hold weekly 'Learning Champion' assemblies where a child from each class is presented with a special certificate for success in a particular value. We always praise effort as well as attainment and believe this motivates children to be better learners. During the assemblies, each class teacher will speak about the achievement of the individual and the rest of the school celebrates with the child who has been chosen. In addition to the learning champion, we also use this opportunity to celebrate classes with over 96% attendance and those with the highest attendance that week. Finally, additional celebrations take place including for children who have completed weekly reading challenges and Times Table Rock Star battles.
Throughout the year, Wath Central holds a Central Champions Assembly. Class teachers are given a number of categories to consider and choose children who have shown fantastic effort, creative thinking as well as other traits that they have been impressed with. Nominations are kept secret and parents/carers are invited in for a special, surprise assembly where children get to celebrate with the wider school community.
Some of the awards include celebrating:
Excellence in effort
The Governor's Award - Presented by a school governor, this award is for a significant achievement.
An Environment of Celebration
Our school environment is used as a form of celebration to show children and visitors in school, the effort and achievement of different year groups. Within Wath Central, we showcase a range of curriculum areas from a range of year groups to celebrate what children have produced within lessons.
We also like to recognise out of school achievements in our efforts to raise self-esteem and children who have been awarded medals, certificates or other commendations show them in our Assembly. Photos of these are also displayed on our Proud to be Central Board.
In addition to in school, we also share work and achievements through our social media platforms. These include our twitter account (@wathcentral) and our ClassDojo pages.