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Getting Life Ready and our Praise System

By Emma Pritchard, AHT Getting Life Ready and Remarkable Community/ Teacher of Geography

Our ‘Getting Life Ready’ initiative has been launched in to our praise system this September.  Students across all key stages will receive ‘Praise on a Postcard’ for one off remarkable achievement, progress, community involvement, effort, attendance and resilience.  These postcards are worth 25 house points, and whatever rewards you, as parents choose!  Getting Life Ready merit stickers will be awarded and placed in the student planners to help students develop all the GLR skills.  Once a full set of merits is collected students will receive a GLR Commendation in recognition of ongoing development of this important skills set and approach to learning.  GLR Commendations are worth 50 house points.  GLR is now the foundation upon which we will build remarkable learners and remarkable future citizens.  You can find our GLR poster in the student planner; teachers reference and signpost the skills in lessons and students will become adept at recognising in themselves their own strengths and areas for improvement.  Our marking strategy, SIT marking, is crucial in our efforts to ensure progress.  Students need to reflect on strengths and improvement tasks, seek assistance if needed through collaboration with other students and staff, perhaps be resourceful enough to help themselves and show resilience by taking on board feedback and making necessary changes.    

With regard to well-being, our tutor sessions on ‘Happiness’ this term aim to engage students in research results highlighting ‘what makes a happy life’.  Relationships are important, feeling like you belong, feeling like you are supported and knowing where to go for help all feed our sense of happiness.  I hope the students are able to take ideas from their tutor sessions and reflect on how they apply to them personally.