Rights Respecting School

IMG_7537-2012-11-30-at-12-26-47We are very proud to have been awarded, by UNICEF, the prestigious Rights Respecting Schools Award (RRS). Respecting individuals and groups rights is at the very heart of everything we do at John Ball. We actively teach our children about the United Nations Conventions for the Rights of Children (UNCRC). This means that our children become knowledgeable about human rights and the responsibilities, we each have, that underpin our local and global communities. By learning about the Convention, our children discover that:

  • They have rights
  • They should be informed about their rights
  • They should be helped to exercise their rights
  • They should be able to enforce their rights
  • There should be a community of interest to advocate young people’s rights

This ethos has helped us to provide an ‘outstanding’, supportive and positive learning environment.

Each school year begins with classes drawing up their own class charters reflecting upon the articles of the UNCRC. Our children learn from a young age that their voice matters and that together we can create a better society for the future. Throughout the school year campaigns are run raising awareness for many fantastic causes and charities. Over the past year we have had clothes collections (for children in Syria), numerous cake sales and a UNICEF fair (designed and run by year 6).

In the classroom we explore rights themes through our choice of class books; during our topic work we research influential historical figures such as Janusz Korczak and Rosa Parks and we explore both our local and global community through our society and international themes in our International Primary Curriculum work. Our Year 5 and 6 team of ‘Rights Ambassadors’ are always on hand during play times to discuss any issues that arise in a rights respecting manner. Along with the Rights Team, Eco Committee and School Council we ensure that our children’s voices are heard. Make sure you look out for our rights respecting discussions that you will find in J-Buzz; that link to our assemblies, and join in with our whole school conversations on rights.

SMCS and the promotion of British Values

Both the IPC and the Unicef Rights Respecting schools have values at their centre. We believe as a school that these values are very much in line with those at the centre of the DfE guidance.

At John Ball we believe that with the correct mind-set and guidance anyone can achieve anything. We have woven the RRS agenda, the SMSC guidance and the PSHE, and RE policies throughout the learner’s journey at John Ball School.

Our aim is to build the foundations for supporting a full and enriching life by providing the skills and knowledge for lifelong learners who are happy, confident, able to collaborate, be independent, understand themselves and others, be hopeful, informed, and achieve their full potential and be ready to fully participate as active citizens of the 21st Century.

At John Ball we underpin our daily provision with the common values and ethos that emerge from aforementioned policies and guidance.

A well designed, efficient learning environment and personalised learning pedagogy are the tools we use as educators to enable this to happen.

Our core values include:

  • respect
  • caring
  • humility
  • responsibility
  • honesty
  • happiness
  • perseverance
  • trust
  • compassion
  • hope
  • justice
  • honesty

Assemblies will be one way that we use to disseminate and share the above values. There will be a value attached to each calendar month and the first assembly of the month will be used to introduce the value for discussion both in the assembly, in class and at home. Assemblies will also provide opportunities to acknowledge a range of religious education festivals to ensure that our learners have knowledge of the major world faiths in our community.

Through our provision for SMSC, we believe that our children should:

  • develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence
  • be able distinguish right from wrong and to respect the civil and criminal law of England
  • encourage students to accept responsibility for their behaviour, show initiative, and to understand how they can contribute positively to the lives of those living and working in the locality of the school and to society more widely
  • acquire a broad general knowledge of and respect for public institutions and services in England
  • develop further tolerance and harmony between different cultural traditions by enabling students to acquire an appreciation of and respect for their own and other cultures
  • encourage respect for other people
  • encourage respect for democracy and support for participation in the democratic processes, including respect for the basis on which the law is made and applied in England

We have a full SMCS evidence grid which is available on request. This shows many of the different ways that we provide the opportunities for our children to develop all of the above.