Clements Primary Academy is a school where children’s rights are at the heart of our ethos and culture, we teach and model rights to improve well-being and to develop every child’s talents and abilities to their full potential. We are working towards recognition as a ‘Rights Respecting School-Gold Award’, an award given to schools on behalf of Unicef UK.
Unicef is the world’s leading organisation working for children and young people and their rights. In 1989, governments across the world agreed that all children have the same rights by adopting the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). These rights are based on what a child needs to survive, grow, participate and fulfil their potential.
Pupils will learn about their rights by putting them into practice every day. A Rights Respecting School models rights and respect in all its relationships.
Gold Rights Aware
Clements Primary Academy has met the standard for UNICEF UK’s Rights Respecting Schools Award at Gold: Rights Aware.
The external assessor reported:
Children discussed very maturely how knowing about rights has improved their lives in school. One child explained, “We learnt that non-discrimination is a right and that has stopped us discriminating against anyone and that has reduced bullying.”
Children were adamant that there was “no tolerance for bullying” and that if something was reported to an adult “it would stop.”
Another child shared that knowing about rights “gives you a chance to feel yourself” improving self-confidence and self-esteem.
Throughout the virtual visit there was evidence of mutually respectful relationships. Children listened well to one another in the focus groups and despite being in two different rooms built on and reinforced each other’s comments supported very amicably by the SLT. The school values are Ready, Respectful, Safe evidencing the school’s focus on improving relationships.
Children’s social and emotional wellbeing is a priority. Children stated, “we have good support at school” and described the “special things in place” to support them like the room for “take 5 minutes”, access to fruit, the Owl class a new EAL learner used an I-pad to translate. Fiddle toys and ear defenders are made available for whoever requests them. Each week children complete ‘I wish my teacher knew’ sheets where they can share any concerns. Staff also described that “Children know that their thoughts and feelings matter to us.”