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Fearless FOUR explained!

March 21, 2019

In 2017 we asked parents, children and staff what they liked about our rewards, and what they would change if they could. This enabled us to design, trial and deliver what would become the Fearless FOUR as you see it in centres today!

Fearless four

We looked at research from many notable educators and education researchers including John Hattie, Guy Claxton, James Nottingham, Carol Dweck, Angela Duckworth, the Sutton Trust and the Education Endowment Fund. Combining all these elements together helped us to create a motivational and impactful system that works for our members.

How does Fearless FOUR support my child?

Over the last 10 years, educational research has shown that praising the thinking process is academically more effective than praising a correct answer. For children, this means celebrating how they work towards the answer, rather than only when they get something right. We use the Fearless FOUR to make those thinking and learning process more visible and engaging for your child.

By earning lizard cards for each of the Fearless FOUR values, it helps your child to take small steps towards big academic goals.

Fearless Learning Habit – helps your child work on something that is unique to them, and which will make them a more effective learner.

Overcome Challenges – supports your child to keep trying when they find something difficult, building their resilience to harder work as they go.

Understand and Convince – stretches your child and helps them to clarify their thinking so that they can work confidently and independently, as well as being able to prove that their answer is correct.

Respect – rewards your child for working with and alongside others – an important quality for school as well as any stage of life.

You will notice that all of these values can be used in any situation, whether at sports practice or while doing homework. This isn’t an accident! We wanted what we teach children at Explore Learning to help your child succeed in any scenario, and to help them become lifelong Fearless Learners.

Certificates for mastering new topics

We reward your child with certificates based on the number of topics they have mastered with us, as it’s so important that we celebrate the academic progress that they are making! This helps your child see the long term benefit of good learning habits every day, and be proud of what they have achieved so far. If you haven’t already, book in a parent’s meeting with us so that we can review this with you.

If you have any questions about our new Reward and Recognition Scheme, please get in touch with your centre team.

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