Praising Stars

Praising Stars

Each half term, students are issued with a Praising Stars© report that details effort and attainment for each of their subject areas, in addition to highlighting any attendance, homework or coursework concerns. At the beginning of each Praising Stars© cycle, students are classed as an ‘E1 student’ and their actions throughout the cycle period will determine their effort grade by the end of the half term.

E1 – Star students
You always invest in your own learning. You:

are always ready to learn
always listen carefully to teachers and other students
make an excellent contribution to group work and to whole class discussions
work well independently including doing homework which involves extra reading or research
always hand your homework in on time

E2 – Very Promising Students
You almost always invest in your own learning. You:

are usually ready to learn
usually listen carefully to teachers and to other students
usually make a good contribution to group work and to whole class discussions
try to work independently including sometimes doing homework which involves extra reading or research
usually hand your homework in on time

E3 – Hard Working Students
You are positive about learning. You:

generally try to be ready to learn
generally try to listen to teachers and students
generally try to contribute to group work and to whole class discussions
are making progress with working independently and have done some homework which involves extra reading or research
generally try to hand your homework in on time

E4 – Wake-Up Call Students
You are beginning to neglect your work. You:

are sometimes not ready to learn
sometimes do not listen to the teacher and to other students
sometimes do not contribute to group work and whole class discussions
do not work well independently and do not attempt homework which involves extra reading or research
sometimes do not hand in your homework on time
exhibit behaviour which disrupts your learning and that of other students

E5- Target Students
You are in danger of missing out on your education. You need help in valuing your own learning and often block the learning of others. You:

frequently interrupt lessons
slow down the learning
don’t do enough work in lessons
arrive late
distract other students
get easily distracted
refuse reasonable requests
fail to hand in homework

E6- Negative Students
This will not be allowed to persist. You are having major difficulties in managing your own learning and are stopping other students learning. You:

disrupt learning
challenge other students
challenge teachers
truant from lessons
do not respond to being on report
do not improve despite the help we have offered
do no homework

In addition to this, students are issued ‘Praise’ logs on our electronic data system, which is monitored by the Post 16 Mentors and mentor groups compete against each other in ‘league tables’ that chart the amount of praise that staff across the academy. P* Forms are also issued to students for ‘outstanding’ work that goes ‘above and beyond’, exceeding the course leaders high expectations.