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Awards and Certificates

Awards and certificates provide a tangible acknowledgement of positive behaviour. A printed award is so much more powerful than a few words of praise. An award or certificate will provide a lasting reminder of that praise and a clearer understanding of the positive behaviour that deserved the recognition. Some of the awards below have space for photographs. Use these to capture the good behaviour and provide a model of what they need to continue to strive to achieve. Try to give awards and certificates regularly to boost the child's confidence, self-esteem and resilience. All children in a class should have an equal chance of an award not just those who are most able or least able.


Active Listening Award

Active Listening Award

This award is useful for reinforcing good listening rules and rewarding children who are beginning to achieve this. You may also be interested in the Give Me Five poster on the listening resources page.



Perfect Week Award

Perfect Week Award

Give this award to children who achieve a learning or behaviour target consistently all week. This certificate can work really well for those children on reward charts as an additional boost and recognition of their success.


Reading Award

Ready For Learning Award

This reading award is used to reinforce reading behaviour in emergent and reluctant readers. It can be awarded for reading practice in school and to support reading at home.


Ready For Learning Award

Ready For Learning Award

Use this resource to acknowledge children who are always ready for the start of learning tasks and to reinforce the behaviour in those striving to achieve this.



Special Person Award

Special Person Award

Use this Special Person Award to boost self-esteem. The class or group should discuss what they like about the chosen person. They can then decide five traits or talents to record on the certificate. The chosen person should be absent during the discussion which usually can be done in around five minutes.


Taking A Risk With Learning Award

Tidy Unifrom Award

This award is used to help develop perseverance and resilience in learning.


Tidy Uniform Award

Tidy Uniform Award

Use this resource to acknowledge pupils who take pride in their school uniform.


You may also be interested in the following pages:

Class Responsibilities

Reward Systems