Right Respecting School
We are proud to celebrate that we are a Gold Rights Respecting School!
In October 2020, we received our Gold Rights Respecting Accreditation. For our Gold Award we have evidenced that Rights Respecting is embedded throughout our school and our wider community. At Bridgelea, we value working with our families and community to improve our children's access to activities and involve everyone in their child's education.
Attached to this page is the Gold Accreditation. Please feel free to read this.
Our next steps are :
1. Involving parents and carers more in understanding children's rights and helping children to access their rights.
2. Continuing with pupil voice, especially in teaching, learning and assessment.
3. Developing more work around global citizenship
We will be sharing our journey to sustain gold and work on the above development points to continue to support our children and families. Please keep checking on our twitter and Class Dojo for regular updates!
We have planned lots of exciting activities for you to join in with over the next 12 months. Some of these were delayed due to Covid-19.
At Bridgelea we do lots of different activities to teach children about Rights and ensure that their Rights are realised by dutybearers (adults in school).
Every class has a Class Charter that is developed with the children. The children vote for 3 Articles that they want to focus on respecting the Rights for. They earn raffle tickets for respecting their own Rights and other children's Rights in school. Here are some examples of Class Charters :
See below for some things the children have achieved over the past 12 months :
Children have learnt about the ABCDE of Rights. ABCDE of Righs mean that :
All children have Rights, children are born with their Rights, Rights cannot be taken away, they do not have to be earnt and all Rights are equal. Have a look at some posters the children have made :
Above is a poster, Junior has made independently - well done Junior!
Article 12 Squad is a group of our children that work with adults to realise the rights of the other children in school.
They do lots of exciting things. Over the past year, they have :
Attended a Climate for Change Conference at the GMEX Centre.
Have supported the children's votes to make bug hotels.
They have worked really hard to promote recycling of paper at Bridgelea. We are also starting to recycle plastic to promote us being more environmentally friendly.
What is a Silver (Rights Aware) School?
It is granted by Unicef UK to schools that show good progress towards embedding children’s rights in the school’s policy, practice and ethos, as outlined in the RRSA Strands and Outcomes.
To achieve Gold: Rights Respecting, schools will be assessed by a Unicef UK RRSA assessor who will look at the whole school’s rights respecting work. (See Silver Report Attached)
Achieving Silver: Rights Aware means there is evidence that:
- The school is explicitly embedding the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in its policy, practice and culture
- We are promoting knowledge and understanding of the Convention throughout the school community
- We are putting into action and developing the plans outlined on your Action Plan for Silver, which we submitted to achieve your Bronze: Rights Committed
- We are beginning to see the positive impact of these actions on children and young people, staff, and on the school’s ethos, practice and environment
- Children and young people are beginning to see themselves as rights respecting global citizens and advocates for fairness and children’s rights, both locally and globally
Progress towards the RRSA tends to happen organically and every school will work in a slightly different way. What we are aiming for is:
- Teaching and Learning about rights: for the whole school community through training, curriculum, assemblies, topics, focus days/weeks, displays
- Teaching and Learning through rights: by modelling rights respecting language and attitudes, and making strategic decisions that involve students
- Being ambassadors for the rights of others: developing as rights respecting citizens
Bridgelea pupils and staff have worked together to create an Ethos, Vision and Values which bring together a desire to understand and work with all the members of our community though and for the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
We aim to provide an enriching diverse curriculum that develops Global Citizens. We use assemblies, theme weeks and a variety of visits and visitors to support this curriculum offer.
Through the School Council all children have the opportunity to express their views and be heard. Classrooms display charters devised by the pupils which explain the articles the children are working on that term.
The Rights that the pupils have chosen, through pupil voice are:
You have the right to give your opinion, and for adults to listen and take it seriously.
You have the right to find out things and share what you think with others, by talking, drawing, writing or in any other way unless it harms or offends other people.
You have the right to choose your own friends and join or set up groups, as long as it isn’t harmful to others.
You have the right to the best health care possible, safe water to drink, nutritious food, a clean and safe environment, and information to help you stay well.
You have the right to food, clothing, a safe place to live and to have your basic needs met. You should not be disadvantaged so that you can’t do many of the things other kids can do.
You have the right to a good quality education. You should be encouraged to go to school to the highest level you can.
Your education should help you use and develop your talents and abilities. It should also help you learn to live peacefully, protect the environment and respect other people.
You have the right to practice your own culture, language and religion – or any you choose. Minority and indigenous groups need special protection of this right.
You have the right to play and rest.
You have the right to help if you’ve been hurt, neglected or badly treated.
Have a go at playing some of these games on Kahoot https://create.kahoot.it/pages/7f83df94-7463-4393-b77a-f908a574c136 You have to sign up but it is free to sign up! Try some with your child at home!