Pupils to be rewarded for exam success

A North West school is offering its students free motoring, but only if they do well in their exams next year. GCSE students at Middleton Technology School have been given an added incentive to do well after it was decided to award free driving lessons as a reward for hard work.

The school approached local instructor Phil Stevenson who was more than happy to get involved and he will now give tuition to pupils who get at least a C in five of their exams which include Maths & English. The lessons are worth £60 and will be the start of what will be many happy years on the road. Teachers had previously rewarded the students with book tokens but they decided to change the incentive and give the youngsters a much more meaningful reward.

The school say it does not matter how many students qualify for the free driving lessons after the exams are taken in the summer, all those who qualify will be given the vouchers. They will be able to ‘cash in’ the vouchers as soon as they turn seventeen and have organised a car insurance quote and a provisional driving licence. The school set up the partnership with Mr Stevenson, who runs his driving school in and around Middleton knowing he has fifteen years experience of helping learner drivers pass their tests, and he hopes that the majority of students will stay on with him after they complete their free lessons. It gives the children an incentive to do well and it does not cost the school very much money as Mr Stevenson sells the vouchers at a high discount.

Ian Jenkins, the school’s assistant head teacher, said “The promise of help with driving costs has already spurred on our students. We expect a high number of them will receive free lessons for their outstanding results and progress in GCSE Maths and English. We hope to continue this incentive in the future and enjoy giving students rewards for all their hard work. They are a brilliant incentive, and will help get the students achieving rates above the national average, in fact amongst the best the country.”

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