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Reward, celebrate and share home school achievements.

Powered by Sonar Awards, our digital badge and certification platform, we are pleased to offer schools and their families a set of free Home School Awards, specially designed to support during these challenging times.

What are digital badges?

Digital badges give all pupils the chance to be recognised for the great things they achieve every day. During a typical school week, pupils are often rewarded for their achievements, progress, values and behaviours – whether that be merit points for good behaviour, a certificate for completing a challenge or a weekly Headteacher’s award.

Digital badges are a new and innovative way of celebrating and rewarding achievement in and out of school. Pupils store badges in their own secure digital backpack. These can be easily shared with family, helping to build communication between parent and child, whilst reinforcing the link between home and school. Digital badges can be collected and can sit alongside traditional qualifications and accreditations.

What types of Home School Awards are available?

To start with, we have created a set of 12 Home School Awards which can be awarded by both parents and teachers. As we gain feedback from more participating schools, we may extend this offering to include a wider range of achievements. The available badges are below, including the suggested criteria for awarding:

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Perseverance with a Challenge

Recipients of this badge will have shown perseverance by, for example:

  • Engaging with a difficult or challenging task 
  • Not giving up when faced with something difficult or challenging 
  • Trying new strategies 
  • Overcoming difficulties 
  • Attempting to solve problems before asking for adult help 

100% Attendance Online Lessons 

Recipients of this badge will have attended 100% of the week’s online lessons as provided by the school.

Timely Submission of Work

Recipients of this badge will have shown punctuality by, for example: 

  • Submitting written or digital work on time 
  • Completing required work in the given time 

Staying Focused During Online Lessons

Recipients of this badge will have shown that during online lessons they: 

  • Engage fully
  • Pay attention
  • Are not disruptive
  • Stay on task
  • Participate if asked

Excellent Engagement During Online Lessons

Recipients of this badge will have shown that during online lessons they:

  • Arrive promptly to sessions
  • Ask relevant questions
  • Answer teachers’ questions
  • Work well with others during outbreak sessions
  • Show interest in the learning
  • Participate fully

Working Independently

Recipients of this badge will have shown independence by, for example:

  • Working independently 
  • Not requiring constant adult support 
  • Staying focused without frequent reminders 
  • Attempting to solve problems before asking for adult help 
  • Choosing their next task/activity on their own  
  • Signing in to online lessons without reminders/help 

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Creative Cat 

Recipients of this badge will have shown creativity by, for example: 

  • Doing something creative at school 
  • Doing something creative at home 
  • Doing something creative during play/outdoors 

Works Hard Whale 

Recipients of this badge will have worked hard, for example: 

  • On school work 
  • At a project 
  • Doing household chores 
  • During online lessons 

Busy Bee

Recipients of this badge will have shown independence by, for example: 

  • Completing work without adult support
  • Playing by themselves or with siblings
  • Quietly getting on with work
  • Keeping focussed on school work

Helpful Hippo

Recipients of this badge will have helped somebody: 

  • In their household 
  • Whilst at school 
  • During a remote learning session 

Behaving Badger

Recipients of this badge will have shown good behaviour: 

  • Whilst at home 
  • Whilst at school 
  • During remote learning sessions 

Focused Frog

Recipients of this badge will have shown good focus by, for example: 

  • Concentrating during online lessons 
  • Getting on with school work 
  • Working independently 
  • Engaging well during online lessons

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Responsibility

Recipients of this badge will have shown responsibility by, for example: 

  • Doing household chores 
  • Looking after family pets  
  • Getting on with school work independently  
  • Looking after the environment (e.g. recycling)  
  • Completing an agreed task 
  • Volunteering to help others  

Courage

Recipients of this badge will have shown courage by, for example: 

  • Accepting change  
  • Talking about their feelings  
  • Being honest  
  • Being brave 
  • Trying something new  
  • Doing the right thing  

Gratitude

Recipients of this badge will have shown gratitude by, for example: 

  • Giving/saying thanks  
  • Seeing the good around them  
  • Appreciating things they have  
  • Complimenting others  
  • Looking for positives  
  • Working through jealousy  
  • Listing the things they are grateful for 

Patience

Recipients of this badge will have shown patience by, for example: 

  • Waiting for someone/something without getting agitated/angry 
  • Taking turns with a sibling  
  • Working through challenges without giving up 
  • Learning a new skill  
  • Staying calm  
  • Appreciating some things take time  

Resilience

Recipients of this badge will have shown resilience by, for example: 

  • Dealing with challenges in a positive way 
  • Giving things a go and trying their best 
  • Bouncing back after a set-back  
  • Looking for positives in a situation 
  • Being able to solve problems and overcome challenges

Kindness

Recipients of this badge will have shown kindness by, for example: 

  • Looking after a family member 
  • Doing something charitable 
  • Putting others first 
  • Sharing and/or taking turns 
  • Thinking of others  
  • Performing a Random Act of Kindness 

Awarding A Badge

Your school will have provided a link to a web form where you are able to enter your child’s details and select the digital badge that you wish to award. Watch our video on how to issue a badge:

 

The platform then sends an email to your children (or their parent/carer), where they can claim their digital badge. Children are then able to view their badges in their digital backpack webpage. Watch our video on receiving and sharing badges.

 
Click here to issue a home school award

FAQs for parents and carers

How long will I be able to access and award these badges?

Our goal is to provide schools and their parents with this tool during the current lockdown period.

We will initially make the badges available until end of March 2021.

Can I award multiple badges?

Absolutely – you can award as many badges as you wish. Perhaps your child could work towards a target of achieving X number of badges per week to earn a reward at the weekend?

NB: Be sure to make this achievable and realistic (don’t promise a puppy, for example!).

My child does not have an email address, how can I award them a badge?

Don’t worry – simply collect the badges via your own email address. If/when your child does get their own email address, you will be able to transfer any badges you have been collecting on their behalf to their own digital backpack.

What if I have more than one child, using my email address?

Badges are issued to individuals and have their names on them. If/when your individual children do get their own email addresses, you will be able to transfer any badges you have been collecting on their behalf to their own unique digital backpacks.

FAQs for schools and teachers

Can we send to multiple students at once?

Absolutely – if you upgrade to the full Sonar Awards platform, you will be given your own school platform and will be able to import all of your student and staff details to make awarding badges even easier. Contact our Sales Team to find out about our special offers.

Can we use our school logo?

Yes, if you upgrade to the full Sonar Awards platform, you will be able to add your school’s logo to the full range of pre-loaded badges or you will be able to create your own set of badges using the Badge Maker tool. Contact our Sales Team to find out about our special offers.

Can we create our own badges?

If you upgrade to the full Sonar Awards platform, you will be able to take advantage of the Badge Maker tool to create your own set of badges. These can be used alongside our full range of pre-loaded badges. Contact our Sales Team to find out about our special offers.