Frequently Asked Questions
How is Pupil Reward Points different for primary, middle, secondary and special schools?
The primary / middle school user interface for students has bigger text and buttons, more colour, an exciting font, animations etc. The secondary school user interface is more grown-up and there is more information on-screen at once. Special schools may prefer to use the primary school interface for younger students and the secondary school interface for older students. Both interfaces have accessbility features such as being able to change font size and the option of using access keys for navigation.
What rewards can pupils spend their points on?
If you would like the advantages of having an electronic rewards system but without the rewards, we can "turn off" the rewards.
Alternatively, schools can decide what rewards pupils can spend their points on. There is no definitive list of rewards to choose from and no limit to the number of rewards you can make available. Your school can decide how many points each reward is worth and we provide a budgeting tool that can help your school stick to its rewards budget.
There are many ways to keep costs to a minimum such asking local businesses to donate rewards (a football club might donate a signed football, for example) and offering rewards like "jump the dinner queue" etc. We can provide letter templates to send to parents and businesses, and we are happy to give advice in this area.
How is Pupil Reward Points different from other reward systems?
- No need for scanners or plastic cards. We do not incur postage and packaging costs. This means that your subscription to Pupil Reward Points is better value than other reward systems.
- The school has complete freedom over the rewards it chooses - your school keeps its rewards budget and can set up its own rewards shop.
- Pupil Reward Points was made by a teacher, for teachers.
- Continually improved by feedback from its users - it is user-friendly, anyone can use it.
- A different system for primary, middle, secondary and special schools.
- Highly customisable to your school's unique circumstances - we will remove features, change existing features or even add new features.
- Instantly access up-to-date reports on student achievement (individually, by groups, by date etc).
- Colourful graphs and charts in order to see trends, not just numbers in tables.
How can I award points when I don't have a computer in front of me?
Teachers can print out top-up vouchers, which can be exchanged for points. This allows points to be given to a pupil at any time - for example, you may be walking between classrooms or be out on the school field. Each voucher contains a unique code, which the pupil can enter at a later time to redeem their points.
Alternatively, staff can download our Android app to award points via their mobile phone.
How easy is it to use?
It is very easy to use and most people can use it without any training at all. Even so, we provide free training resources (for staff and for students) on how to use Pupil Reward Points. If necessary, we can provide inset training for a morning, afternoon or after school.
Is it secure? What about data protection?
Pupil Reward Points has been developed to be as secure as possible. Even if a pupil uses a teacher's computer when they are not looking, the teacher will be able to see and undo any points that have been awarded using their account.
The data sent between SIMS and Pupil Reward Points is kept to a minimum and all sensitive data is encrypted before being sent. The school retains ownership of its information and it will not be passed on or sold to any third party. As legally required to do so, we are registered with the Information Commissioners Office and have informed them of how we use schools' data.
Is it reliable?
Yes, Pupil Reward Points has undergone extensive testing and is currently operating with no problems. Your Pupil Reward Points administrator can download daily backups to ensure that all data is kept safe.
Does it work with SIMS?
Yes, Pupil Reward Points can read data from SIMS relating to pupils, staff and classes so that all information is up-to-date. It is even possible to for the reward system to read attendance data from SIMS and automatically reward good attendance.
Does it work with other MIS software?
Yes, as long data can be exported to an Excel / CSV file, we can send daily updates to Pupil Reward Points to ensure that your data is up-to-date.
Can it work without SIMS?
Yes, each school has an administrator area where students, staff and classes can be changed manually. Small schools may prefer to do this rather than integrate their MIS software.