Academic Celebration and Support Policy BISC Secondary School

Rationale

  • The celebrate and support students in their learning
  • To develop in students the recognition that there is a correlation between engagement and attainment.
  • To support the development of growth mindset practices in the school.

Effort Grades Commendation System

The following applies for years 7-10.

When reviewing grades and reports tutors should look at the engagement grades given in order to celebrate those students who have been making an excellent effort in the majority of their subjects. Student engagement will be celebrated through a commendation system involving the awarding of house points by tutors and letters/emails sent home by tutors and members of the SLT. The approach is outlined below. This will be used when reviewing grades whenever there is a cycle of academic grades.

Teachers can at any time commend students for excellent engagement.
Head of Secondary Letter/email home to parents
» 20 1s covering Engagement, Progress and Behaviour for Learning » No 4s
Tutor Letter (email home) home
» 15 1s for Engagement, Progress and Behaviour for Learning » No 4s

Effort Grades: academic support card

The same philosophy applies: we need to support students whose engagement, progress and behavior for learning is assessed to be poor. So students with poor engagement, progress and behavior for learning grades need to be placed on an academic support card and parents informed.
» If a student has 10 or more grades at 3 or 4 then the student needs to be placed on an academic support card by the tutor.
» If a student has more than 20 or more grades 3 or 4 grades for effort the student needs to be placed on an academic support card by the Head of Secondary.
At each stage of the process parents should be informed by email and then a follow up email once the report is complete. If the report is completed but to an unsatisfactory standard then the next level of support operates. So the level of academic support could move from tutor to Head of Secondary.

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