New Marske Primary School is a Rights Respecting School! Undertaking the Rights Respecting Schools Award enables us to put the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child at the heart of our schools planning, policies, practice and ethos. Our rights-respecting school not only teaches our children about rights but also models rights and respect in all its relationships: between pupils and adults, between adults and between pupils. New Marske Primary School is working towards becoming a UNICEF accredited Rights Respecting School. We have already achieved recognition of commitment and have now gained level one in the 2015-2016 academic year.
The RRSA feeds into New Marske Primary Schools promotion of British values in the following ways:
Each year the children decide upon their class charter and the rights associated with these. All the children contribute to the drawing up of the charter. The RRSA steering group meets termly.
Children have many opportunities for their voices to be heard. We have a school council which meets regularly to discuss issues raised in class council meetings. There are two representatives from each year group who has been voted in by their class.
The Rule of Law
The importances of Laws, whether they are those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout the curriculum, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through school assemblies. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from and to the Police and Fire Service help reinforce this message.
Within New Marske Primary pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for young pupils to make choices safely, through provision of a safe environment and empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our PHSE lessons. Whether it be through choice of learning challenge, of how they record, of participation in extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, pupils are given the freedom to make choices.
Mutual respect is at the heart of our values. Children learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community treat each other with respect. This is extended out into our local community through Out Reach activities and links with local council members.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
Assemblies include stories and celebrations from a variety of faiths and cultures. Our RE, PHSE programme and RRSA teaching reinforce this. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school.
Article 12 (Respect for the views of the child): When adults are making decisions that affect children, children have the right to say what they think should happen and have their opinions taken into account. Children are given the opportunity to take part in open and honest discussions with staff members as part of an active school council and RRSA Steering group.
Article 15 (Freedom of association): Children have the right to meet together and to join groups and organisations, as long as it does not stop other people from enjoying their rights.
New Marske Primary has a strong identity and children actively represent our school at sporting events. Children also have the opportunity to join in a wide range of extra- curricular clubs.
Article 24 (Health and health services): Children have the right to good quality health care the best health care possible.
Our younger children take part in a tooth brushing programme.