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The Fernwood Award is a voluntary, non-competitive programme designed to encourage students to develop their wider skills and participate in diverse activities. There are three progressive levels of the programme which when successfully completed lead to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Award. Students are credited through the normal school rewards system and enhance this through their involvement in opportunities & challenges provided in school and beyond. They are able to plan and create their own programme.
Students are awarded in recognition of their active engagement and endeavour to promote their personal development, learning and contribution to the care of others and the world around them. Participants in the award develop new skills, broader life experiences and a wide range of personal attributes which will stand them in good stead for the rest of their lives. The award demonstrates to future employers and educational institutions that the awardee has a balanced all-round skills-set and competencies to complement formal academic qualifications.
The award shows a willingness for individuals to go “the extra mile” to become Successful Learners, Confident Individuals and Responsible Citizens.
The Award is divided into 6 categories as shown opposite. Students have to successfully acquire points in all categories and a grand points total to achieve the award.
The Fernwood Award is powered by epraise.co.uk an online school rewards system, built by teachers for teachers
“Our school rewards system is designed to motivate students by recognising the great things they do. Students are awarded praise points online, making things a lot quicker and easier than the traditional paper-based school reward systems. It’s not just about saving time though – this system is jam packed with features such as leaderboards, achievements, milestones, certificates, the shop, draws and charitable donations which help make motivating students easy.”