Unique scheme to encourage hard work

Edel Foy, Tescos Community Champion, is taught by Sophie Jones and Ryan Johnston how to use the Pupil Reward Points site.
Edel Foy, Tescos Community Champion, is taught by Sophie Jones and Ryan Johnston how to use the Pupil Reward Points site.

Last year Carrick PS launched a new rewards scheme to help all P4 to P7 children in the school to see the benefits of hard work and behaving well.

They were the first school in Northern Ireland to use a specialised computer reward system called Pupil Reward Points - www.pupilrewardpoints.co.uk.

This customised rewards system records and recognises students’ achievements, good attendance, taking part in extra-curricular activities, healthy eating, etc. Students have a login where they can see their attendance, achievements and points.

All achievement information can be accessed by staff at the school, which can be used for meetings and parents’ evenings. Parents can also login to get an overview of their children’s achievements, which improves communication between school and home.

The basic idea is that children earn points and can ‘spend’ these points on various treats that will be displayed on the website at certain values. In order to make this happen they have been supported by a number of local businesses. They are very grateful to those who have been kind enough to donate to their reward system in some way. The following businesses andpeople have supported Carrick: Tesco Lurgan, Funky Monkeys, Maloney’s Diner, McDonalds, Centrepoint Bowling, Kosy Bakery, Craigavon Leisure Centre, Dan ‘The Skipping Man’, Jumping Clay, Lisburn, Mr Fugard, Scholastic Books, Carrick PS Extended Schools, Mr Andrew Davis and William Street Vetenary Clinic. If anyone else would like to support this exciting initiative, either by donating money or prizes, please contact hhamilton344@c2kni.net or they can see more information at www.carrickprimary.co.uk