Every year we use our rewards data to create Santa’s naughty and nice list. Pupils whose name gets a high average number of rewards are considered to have been hard working and nice. Pupils with a low average have clearly been naughty !! Obviously, this is really just a bit of fun and not serious.
The press release and list was mentioned in over 250 press articles /radio slots. Including half page in The Sun.
We love it when anyone mentions us – and particularly when its a national paper.
We did some research which showed a massive increase in house systems in UK state schools since Harry Potter. We supply rewards that help drive many house systems.
The story was picked up in a number of places with top billing going to the Daily Telegraph. Thank you them !
We love learning what’s going on in our sector. And occasionally do surveys to take the temperature.
We recently did a fun survey for find out what teachers think of ebooks. TES picked up on the results !
You can the article here in its full glory!
We’ve being doing some research into Sports Day, which we’re excited to say has been picked up by the The Sun and The Daily Mail.
Overall we found Sports Day to be alive and well in UK Schools with 98% of schools having one.
We are, obviously, very interested in rewards. Both the actual rewards and the reward process. 20% of schools only award the winners, 70% award winners and participation, 10% only award participation. The majority of teachers like to reward both winners and participation.
Sports Day policy is a challenge as all Schools have to balance a number of competing goals: They want to help motivate the sports starts of the future (which supports an argument for rewarding winners); they want all pupils to engage in sport and life a healthy lifestyle (which supports participation); and they want to support their school community (which suggests team rewards or competitions). It is a tricky balancing act. The absolute favourite answer was for schools to respond to that challenge with a mixed answer. Rewarding pupils for winning positions, but also rewarding all pupils for participation (with stickers at the event for younger pupils or certificates at the end of the day for older pupils), and ideally run a team event alongside. Those schools with houses passed individual achievement into house points – creating a team motivation.
Every school is unique and the right conclusion differs from community to community but overall the vast majority of teachers consider sports day to be an great part of school life. So the only real losers are the unfortunate 2% (c.500 schools) who don’t have a Sports Day.
It is always great to see a school using our CarrotRewards system being appreciated. Camberley News covered Collingwood College’s Reward System. In the photo is Mr John Bunter (mislabelled as me but I’m not so good looking!) giving out their latest prize.
I am excited to tell you that our postcards have been featured in a QCDA case study! They’ve highlighted them as a great way to remind pupils about their exams.
The postcard they were talking about is below (click on it for full size):
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We’ve used our mystickers.co.uk data to calculate the nicest and the naughtiest kids names in the UK. Over 60,000 pupils over the UK have created online sticker books on mystickers.co.uk using the unique 6 digit codes printed on our stickers, praise postcards and certificates. Pupils collect their rewards to win in our monthly prize – this month they release their inner musician by winning a Playstation 3 with rock band and band in a box!
We’ve taken every first name with over 30 members and calculated the average rewards redeemed. We’ve then ranked them to work out who has the most (the nicest – and on Santa’s list!) or the least (the naughtiest – who need to be nice ALL December!)
Don’t forget this is a Santa’s DRAFT list! There is still a lot of time to be good !
Here’s the top and bottom 10 list:
Below are the full lists. With % Naughty and Nice (assumes the nicest are 100% nice and the naughtiest 100% naughty!
We are excited to have mystickers.co.uk mentioned in a full page article in Sec Ed magazine. See page 14 here.
The article is about how Lynn Gladd at Harefield academy has used an integrated rewards system of both positive and negative rewards to motivate her pupils to good behaviour. For positive rewards she uses our stickers and mystickers.co.uk! See below for some quotes:
“We developed a point system which all the students understand intrinsically. Students get positive and negative points for good and had behaviour respectively. At the end of term, the negative are subtracted from the positive, and we reward the highest scoring students with prizes, which could include a trip, cash, or gifts of some sort”.
“Positive points generate rewards – we use a website (www.mystickers.co.uk) for instance, which allows me to reward the children with codes to type into the website and they can redeem prizes – as well as special mentions in class and recognition of their good work”.
“Students also follow their point each week and they know what points they are getting, so it creates a whole school approach to improving behaviour”.
We’re excited that we’re now on the TES resources page ! http://www.tes.co.uk/article.aspx?storycode=6016717 Henry.