Success takes many forms and it is our belief that success for each child is personal. What may be a small step for one child may be a huge leap for another so at The Ferns Primary Academy, we reward effort – not achievement. We believe instilling the ethos that it is important to strive to be the best you can be and not measure yourself against another helps build resilience, well being and happiness.
As with our behaviour policy, we strive to recognise the positive behaviours and effort our learners make. Recognition of success may take the form of verbal feedback in a lesson – highlighting the positive aspects to build upon.
Success in learning is linked to our Building Learning Powers. Children receive a badge for demonstrating resilience, reciprocity, resourcefulness and reflection in their learning and names are added to the success board during lessons.
We use the Marvellous Me App to communicate success directly with parents. Instead of stickers, a badge is sent home via the app letting you, as parents, know why your child’s efforts are being celebrated. Bronze, Silver and Gold certificates are awarded for achieving 25, 50 or 75 Marvellous Me Badges.
Once a week our school gathers together for a Celebration Assembly. At least one child from each class is chosen by their teacher in recognition of their positive learning behaviour to receive a Celebration Certificate. Children are also encouraged to bring trophies, badges and certificates received in activities outside of school to the assembly so these too can be recognised and celebrated.
At the end of each half term, parents are invited to a Parents’ Celebration Assembly where we recognise the continuing efforts of all the children who have been on the Celebration Bench that half term.