Incentives aid pupils

Offering incentives to pupils to ensure they turn up to class prepared is working at a Palmerston North high school.

Four Freyberg High School pupils were given notebooks, donated by Lamberts Business Systems, yesterday as rewards for positive learning behaviour.

Principal Peter Brooks said the incentive was offered to help ensure pupils were engaged at school.

"We do lots of things, but they need to be at school to learn and do well academically," he said.

"They come because they like to play sports, or be in a production, or sing. But what about looking forward to then going to science?"

Getting pupils to concentrate on their classes by thinking about a reward at the end was one way of keeping them engaged, he said.

While only four notebooks had been given out, Mr Brooks said it would help provide motivation to other pupils.

"They see this and think ‘I would like that', so they get working."

Year 11 pupil Lincoln Ainsworth said it was a great idea, and gave extra motivation during National Certificate of Educational Achievement Level 1.

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