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Rights Respecting & Values
Bell Farm School has participated in the Rights Respecting School Award since 2005. This initiative underpins the school’s aims to provide a values led curriculum. The children learn about their own responsibilities through learning about their own rights and the rights of others, as set out by the UnitedNations Convention Rights of the Child (UNCRC).
The UNCRC provides the foundation for our class charters which are written at the beginning of each school year when children join their new class. A class charter is a set of rights, actions and responsibilities agreed by all the children and all staff in each class. This provides a strong and clear framework for everybody to base their behaviour and relationships upon.
The UNCRC provides a clear set of values. The articles, well supported by a programme of 22 monthly values, have been developed with the full involvement of our school community, and are explicitly upheld by both children and staff.
The UNCRC and Rights Respecting Schools Award provides a coherent values-led framework from which our children learn to make good decisions about their attitudes to learning, the forming of positive relationships, their entitlements to be safe, to participate and have their opinions heard. Children learn about their responsibilities to their own school community, the local community and their place as global citizens.
What have been the main benefits for the children of Bell Farm School?
- Behaviour and relationships are good.
- The children use the language of RRSA when solving problems with their behaviour and relationships.
- Children articulate positive attitudes about our diverse society.
- Children are confident to express opinions and do so in a respectful way.
- Children understand their place in our communities and their role as global citizens.
- It has enhanced the equality of learning and teaching by providing purposeful connections within the planned curriculum.
- It has successfully supported the governors and staff with their commitment to meeting the needs of ‘the whole child’.
UNICEF says “The RRSA provides a coherent values framework which enhances school leadership. It shapes the ethos of the school and unifies what can often be seen as a range of disparate educational initiatives and government priorities in all UK jurisdictions, the global dimension, SEAL (Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning), sustainable development, and community cohesion.
Pupils develop a stronger sense of the need to act for global justice.
The universality of the UNCRC provides a clear link between building up their rights respecting school and the need for children’s rights to be realised everywhere.”
Values at Bell Farm
Bell Farm is a Values-led school following a planned programme of 22 values over a 2 year cycle. These values, and the related UNCRC articles, are displayed around our school and used as a focus in our assemblies. Alongside our Rights Respecting agenda, they support our children in making good choices both in their learning and around our school throughout the day.
Our values underpin everything at our school, from the way we talk to children right through to the way we shape the ethos of our school.
Our 22 Values:
|September 2016 Belonging||September 2017 Respect|
|October 2016 Friendship||October 2017 Happiness|
|November 2016 Freedom||November 2017 Honesty|
|December 2016 Peace||December 2017 Love & Humility|
|January 2017 Honesty||January 2018 Hope|
|February 2017 Simplicity||February 2018 Trust|
|March 2017 Understanding||March 2018 Thoughtfulness|
|April 2017 Care and Compassion||April 2018 Appreciation|
|May 2017 Confidence||May 2018 Quality|
|June 2017 Co-operation||June 2018 Fairness|
|July 2017 Responsiblity||July 2018 Courage|
This same set of values is followed by other local schools and we take part in shared values events, such as arts projects and music events.