Pivotal Podcast - Managing Behaviour

Rewards and reward systems – PP38

June 6, 201430 min
Our topic of the week is rewards and reward systems.

Stimulated by a question from a listener, Chris, Paul starts by outlining his suggested 5 key principles of a good reward system:

1. Reward over and above - don't reward minimum standards because that is what you will get, rather reward those who go over and above the required standards

2. It's not what you give but the way that you give it - the system itself isn't  necessarily critical, it's how staff operate it

3. Make the reward system simple to operate - it must be simple enough to fit in with the rhythm of the teaching of the busiest staff e.g. if you have to log into a computer between lessons to use the reward system then you are storing up work for yourself because it doesn't fit in with the pace you need to be working at - this leads to teachers using their own, simpler systems rather than the consistent school one

4. Make the reward system personal  - personal praise which is sincere and rewards students for going ove

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