The Pride in Progress initiative’s aim is to create a College where students can take pride in their individual progress, pride in the progress of others and pride in the progress of our community. It has arisen from the work we have done over this past academic year on re-shaping our values.
At the heart of ‘Pride in Progress’ is a drive to improve the quality of learning for all our students and to ensure that your child is able to achieve excellent progress here at Brixham College.
Ofsted in 2014 stated, “Students’ behaviour is good. They are polite and conduct themselves well both in and out of lessons.” and again in 2017 Ofsted found “Pupils treat each other well and are calm and mature as they move around the school site.”
However, we cannot be complacent; many of our students identify that poor behaviour is rare but does disrupt student learning if it happens. Here at Brixham College we are clear that we will not allow the behaviour of a minority of students to have a detrimental impact on the quality of learning for others.
Therefore, an important aspect of the ‘Pride in Progress’ initiative relates to our Behaviour Policy and a new approach to rewards and sanctions.
‘Pride in Progress’ is neither draconian nor rigid. The organised and widespread use of praise and rewards will ensure the College is a positive environment for all. Teachers must look to recognise, praise and reward all students as a matter of agreed policy. Non-teaching staff will also be expected to formally praise students whenever it is appropriate to do so.
Staff will be introducing ‘Pride in Progress’ to our students over the remainder of this term for implementation in September. To assist you and your child understand the new approach we have created a Parent/Carer Guide explaining how ‘Pride in Progress’ will operate. This can be downloaded here as can an introductory letter here. We have also developed a number of likely questions and answers you may find useful and of course if you wish to ask your own question there is an email link here.
Thank you for your ongoing support in continue to raise standards still further at Brixham College.
Mark J Eager
TEL: 01803 858271