Re-think the 'Project Hero' scheme & reward children for hard work instead of attendance!

Re-think the 'Project Hero' scheme & reward children for hard work instead of attendance!

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Mamma Bear started this petition to St. Luke's CofE Primary School Bradford

Schools are required to produce pupil attendance figures, and these are then used by Ofsted as one indicator of a school’s performance, with low attendance rates allegedly pointing to an under-performing school. Many schools aim to boost pupil attendance by operating reward-based schemes, which commend pupils who have achieved 100% attendance throughout the year. These schemes also effectively penalise those pupils whose attendance, for whatever reason, has been below target.

 

However, the only way a pupil can achieve 100% attendance is by being lucky enough not to fall ill that year, or by struggling into school despite illness, putting their own health, and potentially the health of fellow pupils and staff, at risk. These are not things that we believe should be rewarded.

 

Similarly, if a pupil has not achieved 100% attendance, it can mean that they have been unlucky enough to fall ill, but, once ill, have acted responsibly for their own health, and that of others, by staying away from school until they are better. These are not things that we believe children should be punished for. 

We call on St. Luke's CofE primary school to abolish or re-think their Project Hero scheme 

Here in school

Every day 

Ready and 

On time. 

This is basically an incentive scheme for children to attend school and be punctual. The treat for having 100%attendance last term is a trip to Chester zoo!! So all the children who were LUCKY enough not to fall ill last term are allowed to go but those who were unfortunate enough to fall ill are not. Over 10 schools in the Bradford district were closed for deep cleaning over the last few months due to the Noro virus spreading like wildfire.  5 out of 6 people in my household caught this bug, 3 of them were my children and the others were myself and husband. My youngest was LUCKY enough not to catch this so she can go to the trip...my other 2 can't. Why? Because they caught the bug! This is on no way their fault, they attend school when they are well, they are pleasant, well behaved, have great manners and are good friends to other children but instead of being able to go on a trip to Chester Zoo they are rewarded with things like keyrings/pencils etc.

Also I don't think it's fair to be penalised for being late to school considering the amount of building works that are going on outside the school. The building of 700 houses  a shopping complex q new roundabout and  a new road being built into the new houses (literally yards away from the schools entrance) is taking it's toll on the traffic. Large work vehicles /trucks, cranes etc all drive on the only (narrow) road that leads to school. Apparently school have had talks with the construction company and they have promised not to allow the vehicles on there during the school run times yet most mornings my children are late as I am stuck behind a construction vehicle outside school during the school run time!! It's ridiculous! How are my children meant to adhere to this project hero scheme if we can't even get to school due to this??

Please re-think this whole thing, including the incentives such as bouncy castles etc for 100% attenders. It's not fair to punish a child for being ill.

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