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We are really proud to have gained our Silver Rights Respecting Schools award from UNICEF earlier this month. We were visited by one of their assessors who spoke to our Rights Respecting Council and many other children across the school. She looked at our school environment and asked children about their rights, how they are taught about them and what that means at The National and Harrowby. As always, I was extremely proud to welcome her into school and as you can see from extracts of the report below, she was very impressed with our pupils, staff and parents that she spoke to. This award is another acknowledgement of the wonderful community we are building across the schools, a place where we are all proud to belong.


‘Children’s social and emotional well-being is a clear priority. Staff and children spoke extremely positively about the impact of the check-in and connect, regular opportunities to reflect on issues and CALMS.’


‘All children spoken with agreed they felt safe at school. “If you’re safe, you are happy learning,” explained one child. “I would go to a teacher and it would be sorted” stated a child when asked how children dealt with things going wrong. Peer mentors are trained in restorative justice; the restorative approach is linked to articles 3, 12, 19 and 28.’


‘All children spoken with felt their views were taken seriously. “There’s always a teacher who will listen to us” said one child. “Everyone waits until everyone is heard” described another.’


‘The school provides a wide range of opportunities for children to share their views: including a school council, RRSA council, sports leaders and half-termly ‘The Big 6 questions’. Children are elected democratically to groups and non-school council members could describe clearly how they could share their views. They gave examples of the non-contact rule for games, the safer Astroturf in the back playground and changes in the playground usage as where they had made changes. The RRSA council members explained their role as “We try to make the school a better place.”’