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During the 2011 National School Sports Week we developed a reward scheme where students were rewarded for their achievements in PE and School Sport and academic areas of the curriculum based on the 7 Olympic and Paralympic Values. It was such a huge success that as an Academy we decided to use this as our new way to inspire and celebrate our young peoples' success in learning at Emerson Park.
Students are rewarded for their hard work and dedication both inside and outside of the curriculum under the 5 headings of PRIDE. When student  displays such qualities they are allocated a PRIDE point which is recorded and stored against each child on our academy data base. At the end of each Term we hold achievement assemblies where students are presented with PRIDE certificates for the students that achieve the most points in each year group.
Qualities of each PRIDE area 
Personal Excellence                               ‘Independent & Reflective Learner’
Respect & Friendship                             ‘Team Player & Effective Communicator’
Inspiration                                               ‘Creative Thinker, Open Minded’
Determination & Courage                       ‘Take Advice & Use It To Improve’
Equality                                                   ‘Think Of Others’
Personal Excellence                 ‘Independent & Reflective Learner’
  • Assessment on or above target
  • Classroom participation
  • Coursework on or above target
  • Planning ways to improve
  • Set realistic goals
  • Review and evaluate your progress
Respect& Friendship    ‘Team Player & Effective Communicator’
  • Help others
  • Protect the environment
  • Teaching others to improve
  • Work as part of a team
  • Reach agreements with others
Inspiration                               ‘Creative Thinker, Open Minded’
  • Highly creative thinking
  • Use positive role models
  • Model answers to improve work
  • Explore possibilities
  • Persuade others to take part
Determination & Courage                     ‘Take Advice and Use It To Improve’
  • Attending extra-curricular clubs
  • Exceptional effort
  • Overcoming difficulties
  • Ask for help
  • Ask questions
  • Show perseverance
Equality                                                           ‘Think Of Others’
  • Promoting equality
  • Being fair and considerate
  • Keep a balance point of view
  • See things from different perspectives
  • Communicate others’ point of view

How do children win a place on a Reward trip?

The rationale behind the introduction of reward trips is simple; we want to encourage the children to achieve their academic potential.
We consistently commend our students on their behaviour, both in and out of lessons, but also observe that students often do not work to their best in lessons. Students normally comply with expectations on behaviour and may achieve PRIDE points for the positive characteristics they demonstrate, however, all too often, they are not completing work to the best of their ability . In short, we wanted to encourage everyone to work hard in every lesson and to try to achieve their own potential and not simply to be there and receive PRIDE points.
All students are given academic targets when they arrive in year 7. The targets are calculated from their Key Stage 2 test results and Year 6  teacher assessments. We expect students to progress 2 National Curriculum levels in Key Stage 3 and a further 2 levels in Key Stage 4. For example, a child achieving a level 4 at Key Stage 2 would receive a GCSE target of B grade. If they are to do this, they should progress by 2 NC sub-levels each year.
We employ a range of incentives and interventions to encourage students to reach their academic targets. The Reward trips, introduced in 2012 are just one of them. To gain a place on a Reward Trip the student must achieve certain set criteria, which are given different levels of importance but together form the ingredients for academic success. They are as follows:
Progress:         Student must be “on track” to achieve end of year targets in most subjects;
Attendance:      Student must be achieving at least 96% attendance;
 If both the above are achieved:
Student either:
Makes a positive contribution to school life through volunteering, teams, clubs, student voice…..
Is awarded more than average numbers of PRIDE points for positive characteristics.
In the event that a student achieves these criteria but has also a high incidence of poor behaviour the offer of the reward trip will not be made and the student will be notified why not.
To enable and encourage parents to take an active role in the academic development of their children, we have introduced a web-based assessment system, which is accessible from home. By registering their email with the school, parents are able to log in to the school software and see the current academic performance of their child. The data is updated every night and is therefore both accurate and up to date. We know, from the increased correspondence from parents since its introduction, that this has significantly enhance the Parents’ involvement in and influence over the attainment and progress of their child.