What is it?
Yesterday we launched our NEW behaviour reward scheme – ‘We’re Going for Gold’. The scheme aims to be an effective way to promote positive behaviour in your school and classroom, with a concept that everyone can get behind… Going for Gold!
As well as the pack that you would use daily (the medals and display board), it contains additional resources that you can use to promote the scheme around school and even at home – with the help of certificates, praise postcards, posters and much more.
If you’re unfamiliar with this type of approach to behaviour management then it can be a little bit daunting so, as promised, this blog post aims to share the DOs and DON’Ts in setting it up and using it on a daily basis.
You can check out all the resources associated with this scheme here
Setting it up
Unfortunately, my display board for the office has STILL not arrived! So I’ve had to get creative and use illustrator to mock up how your display board might look when you’re underway with using the scheme.
As you can see, the board is a dedicated space to ‘We’re Going for Gold’ – if you’re struggling for space and have a big class then I would recommend using the smaller medals. If you’re lucky enough to have a large display board then go for the big medals – there’s nothing worse than an empty looking board.
The display needs to be set up in the classroom – it’s important that you and your pupils can access the board during lesson time so think about space (don’t be tempted to put it somewhere cramped where chairs are pushed up against walls etc).
I would recommend using the banner and border to add colour and definition to the display but of course that’s entirely up to you.
Either underneath or above each medal there will need to be a name card for each child – you can either write these out yourself or let the children write their own names onto them. If you’ve used the larger medals then you will need the larger name cards (printed 20 per page). If you’re using the smaller medals then use the smaller name cards.
From personal experience, I would recommend stapling the name cards to the display board – if you’re in KS2, they’re very good at swapping the names around if the cards are only tacked to the board.
Now for the fun part – each child will require 1 gold medal (make sure they are laminated so that they don’t get damaged). The medals will need to be attached to the board either above or below the name tags. Use either: blue tac, Velcro or magnetic tape on the back of the medals so that they can easily be removed from the board.
Laminate several privilege, consequence and warning medals and again attach either: blue tac, Velcro or magnetic tape to the back (make sure you’re never short – it’s better to have too many than not enough).
How it works
The whole point of ‘We’re Going for Gold is that everyone starts on the same level – everyone starts on ‘GOLD’. Throughout the day they can earn a ‘PRIVILEGE’ medal by showing exceptional behaviour, or they can lose their GOLD medal by being given a WARNING (silver or yellow medal) or a CONSEQUENCE (bronze or red).
A CONSEQUENCE should only be given after a WARNING – never jump from GOLD to CONSEQUENCE!
How often you reset this is entirely your call. Pupils could start afresh every morning and afternoon, once a day or every week. Again, from personal experience, I found everyday to work best (for a moderate to challenging class). If you very rarely experience poor behaviour in class then you probably could get away with resetting it once a week.
It’s important that the children feel the slate is wiped clean and everyone is back on the same level. If you keep children in a negative state (CONSEQUENCE) for too long, you could find this leads to continued patterns of bad/negative behaviour.
Giving out Privileges/Warnings/Consequences
Once you have discussed and chosen privileges and consequences and written up rules or expectations together make sure you put them on display so that you can remind pupils as and when required.
The most important rules when using ‘We’re Going for Gold’ are CONSISTENCY! CONSISTENCY! CONSISTENCY!
It’s no good using the scheme sometimes but not others or making up your own consequences – you need to stick to what’s agreed and always follow through with what you say.
If a child requires a warning then address it sooner rather than later. You can either walk over to the board whilst teaching and swap the medals for them or hand the child the medal and get them to swap it themselves.
A consequence is given out after a warning so you’ve got to be tough, once they’ve had their warning they know what comes next.
As well as losing their medals, don’t forget they can also earn them back. Remind them to ‘Go for Gold’ and if their behaviour improves then let them have their GOLD back.
Getting your class/school on board
How successful the scheme is, all depends on you. The more you involve pupils from the start and get them excited about ‘Going for Gold’, the better the outcome. If you’re going to run this throughout your whole school then a whole school assembly on ‘Going for Gold’ is an absolute must!
Why not get the kids to create school slogans, songs, raps, poems, posters, the works – all about ‘Going for Gold’?
As a class, sit down and introduce the display once it’s up. You can then talk about what they think ‘Going for Gold’ means and how they can do this. Write down ways to go for gold using our rules poster. You’ll also need to decide appropriate privileges and consequences together – these could change week to week and be displayed on our posters.
Make sure you hang one of our ‘Class charts‘ by the board that can be updated daily. It’s a good way to make sure children aren’t swapping medals around…especially when cover staff are teaching them.
You can also use this to aid writing certificates and praise postcards for those pupils who are consistently good but sometimes get forgotten.
Our teacher log is designed for staff eyes only and can help you monitor any patterns in negative behaviour that might be occurring. Is there a particular time or lesson that sets a pupil off? Is it someone they’re working with during that lesson? This can then be shared with other staff members if needed.
So have fun!
We really hope you enjoy using the scheme and have found this introduction to ‘Going for Gold’ useful but if you do have any questions about the scheme then please do get in touch via out blog or website contact forms.
If you’d like to order the pack (printed and laminated) or any of the individual resources from the pack then you can do so here