Praise at Launceston College

Pupils’ motivation and positive attitudes to learning as important predictors of attainment. The development of positive attitudes can also have a longer-term impact on how pupils approach learning tasks in later stages of education. – OFSTED – School Inspection Handbook

The purpose of praise is to reward students for behaviour that we wish to see at Launceston College and to encourage behaviour and attitudes that ultimately contribute to an increase in student progress and achievement.

How students gain praise

As well as verbal praise and feedback within lessons, students can be awarded with House Points. These are issued by teachers and support staff via the Class Charts app. Students and parents can see any House Points awarded via their child’s app (if you require your child’s access code for Class Charts please contact your child’s tutor).

One House Point will be issued via the following categories:

Good work
Good work ethic
Good contribution
Good attitude
Good attendance
Representing the College
Representing the House
Supporting others

There is also a category for Excellent Work which is worth three House Points. If a student is awarded this category then the teacher will write a small note explaining what it was for.

Rewards

The collection of House Points is rewarded in three ways:

Individually – students collect House Points to help contribute in attaining their house colours each year

Tutor Group – rewards and prizes are issued at a tutor group level

House – House Points are a major contributing factor in winning the House Cup each term.

Individual – Colours

· Colours are issued at the end of every term

· The last house assembly of each term is a colours assembly focusing on praise

· Students receive a colours badge which they are allowed to wear on their uniform

· Students may only win their colours once a year

· Students are also issued with a colours certificate with a certificate for their Record of Achievement

Year 7

Colours are issued to four students from each tutor group (2 x male, 2 x female) at the end of the Year 7 residential. Reasons are decided by the group leader but are generally for helpful behaviour, good teamwork or improvement / growth over the course of the residential

Christmas – Years 7-11

Colours are issued to two students per tutor group as nominated by their tutor for ‘x-factor’ reasons. Colours also issued to tutor reps and students with KS4 leadership positions. Colours are also awarded to the two students with the most praise in each tutor group.

Easter – Years 7-10

Colours are issued to two students per tutor group as nominated by their tutor for ‘x-factor’ reasons. Colours are also awarded to the two students with the most praise in each tutor group.

Easter – Year 11 & Summer – Years 7-10

Colours are issued to two students per tutor group as nominated by their tutor for ‘x-factor’ reasons. Colours are also awarded to students who have 100% attendance or 0 sanctions across the year. Colours are also awarded to the two students with the most praise in each tutor group.

Tutor group

House points are not only designed to reward individual students but are also used to recognise the success of a tutor group or house. This encourages a sense of belonging in students and encourages them to work together and support one another.

Tutor group rewards share success across a number of students and is a very visual way of recognising good behaviours.

Praise rewards for tutor groups will be issued each term with one tutor group from every year winning each term. The reward at Christmas this year is advertised below:

House

House points for students in each house are totalled together and contribute to winning the House Cup each term.

More information on Class Charts is available here – https://www.launceston-college.cornwall.sch.uk/class-charts/