Unicef and Rights Respecting Education
UNICEF is the world’s leading organisation working for children and their rights. In 1989, governments worldwide promised all children the same rights by adopting the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (also known as articles). These rights are based on what a child needs to survive, grow, participate and fulfil their potential.
At Great Binfields we have an embedded ethos which fosters the values promoted by the UNCRC. These help our pupils to grow into confident, caring and responsible young citizens both in school and within the wider community. By learning about their rights our pupils, your children, are also learning about the importance of respecting the rights of others. The Great Binfields pupils are encouraged to reflect on how their behaviour and actions affect those around them, this allows us to build and maintain a positive and safe learning environment for all, both in the classroom and around the School site.
Through our Rights Respecting Education, we are also fulfilling our requirements to actively promote the 'Fundamental British Values', as outlined by the Prevent Strategy. We believe that these values are not only British, but are fundamental to other countries and societies around the world. There are four values in total:
Democracy; The Rule of Law; Liberty; Mutual Respect and Tolerance of those with Different Faiths
As part of our curriculum the children explore the different articles and discuss the issues that arise from them. This is then enhanced through assemblies and special days such as our 'Love of Days'.
We place great importance on the pupil voice and have an active school council. There are two representatives from every class (except EYFS) who attend fortnightly meetings and work on projects that impact the school. The representatives from Year 6 then campaign to be the chair or vice chair and the whole school vote for who they feel would be the best person.