Rights Respecting School Award

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At present we are working on gaining the Rights Respecting Schools Award. It is being steered by Student Council and involves giving the students in school a bigger voice and greater awareness of their rights and how they are involved in society.

Our class charters are a big part of bringing in our knowledge of the Rights Respecting Schools Award by looking at our rights within school and how they are relevant to class life:

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Recently, Council members helped to run a Student Takeover Day, which saw the school being ran by the students for a whole day! The day revolved around Article 31 of the Rights of the Child:

That every child has the right to rest and leisure, to engage in play and recreational activities appropriate to the age of the child and to participate freely in cultural life and the arts.

and Article 12:

You have the right to an opinion and for it to be listened to and taken seriously.

Student Council created adverts for the various jobs in school and wrote job specifications for them. Packs of application forms were then distributed to every class and pupils in school were encouraged to apply for positions such as Teachers, Dinner staff, Caretaker and Head Teacher. Once all the applications were in, Student Council spent an afternoon shortlisting candidates and allocated jobs to those who were successful. We then met with the successful applicants before the day, giving them their timetables and job expectations. The Student Takeover Day was a huge success and Student Council have taken on board feedback from all of those involved and hope to run something similar again next year!

 

Covering Article 12 – You have the right to an opinion and for it to be listened to – we have created the Your Voice Box to Hope Wood. Student Council introduced this to school with an assembly, explaining that students can use it to communicate with any suggestions they may have, any issues they’re having, anything good happening they want people to know about, concerns they might have and anything else which they would like to share. We regularly share issues which are left in the Voice Box during Student Council meetings and always try to put an action plan in place to address the correspondence.

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This term, we are covering a lot of the Rights of the Child in our extra-curricular and external visits.

Students in Primary were involved in a Commonwealth Games Day in Durham, joining with lots of schools from around the region, celebrating diversity and other cultures. (Article 30 – You have the right to come from a minority group and enjoy your own culture, religion and language.)

 

School had a Science Week, during which classes looked into scientific enquiry, focussing on Plastic Pollution. (Article 29 – You have the right to an education which develops your personality, respect for others and the environment.)

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Some students went to an SEN Big Sing event this term, where they showcased their talents and watched others perform. (Article 31 – you have the right to play and relax by doing things like sport, music and drama.)

 

Purple and Rainbow Class took part in a regional art project linked with the Baltic Art Gallery in Gateshead. They took part in some Art workshops and then went to see their work professionally displayed at the Baltic. (Article 13 – you have the right to find out things and say what you think, through making art, speaking and writing unless it breaks the rights of others.)

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Primary hosted their very own Royal Wedding! (Article 30 – you have the right to enjoy your own culture, practice your own religion and use your own language.)

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School Council created a Young Carers Charter to help our students who have the added responsibility of looking after others in their home. (Article 6 – you have the right to life.)

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The whole school went on a Sports Day to the Beacon of Light, participating in lots of different activities throughout the session. (Article 31 – you have the right to play and relax by doing things like sport, music and drama.)

 

Next academic year, we’ll continue to do more work on our rights and responsibilities. We’ll be having a full day celebrating Universal Children’s Day in the Autumn Term, which will see us cover many articles in the Un Convention of the Rights of the Child. Our Student Council will continue to work with classes to encourage knowledge of pupils’ rights and hopefully we will manage to gain the Bronze level Rights Respecting Schools Award with our ongoing work throughout 2018-2019!