Haresfield School is a Church of England School and as part of the Gloucester Diocese we use the ‘Values for life’ resource in Collective Worship and throughout the curriculum, especially in PHSE. This aims to promote Christian values and understanding throughout all aspects of school life. Taking a value from a Christian perspective we explore it using Bible stories and stories from different religions to illustrate it.
Value this term
Our value we are looking at this term is Respect.
Christians believe that we should show respect to God for creation of the world and all living things. We should show respect for one another at school and to adults in our community and respect for our belongings and the things that belong to others. We will be learning about treating others with respect even if we do not agree with the way they behave or the things they say.
We will be helping our children to understand the concepts of respect, encouraging and developing respect for themselves, each other and their belongings across the whole school by providing opportunities for children to reflect on how we show respect, how we earn respect from our friends and who in the wider world is respected and why. We will also be thinking about how we should show respect for the world and care for the animals that God created.
We have a Home school Values resource that gives parents more information about the value for the term, some stories to share, puzzles and an idea for a craft activity to bring back into school.
UNICEF & Rights Respecting Schools Award
We explore the UNICEF Rights for Children Charter alongside our Christian Values. We are working towards the Stage 1 Award of the Rights Respecting School Award and considering how we can, as a whole school community, incorporate its elements into our practice.
In relation to the Value of Service we are focussing on Article 5 and 18 – parental guidance and responsibilities of parents and other adults and Article 28 – children’s right to an education. Our responsibility is to keep these Articles.
Rights Respecting Schools Award
UNICEF UK is pioneering an initiative in UK schools called the Rights Respecting Schools Award (RRSA). The award scheme started in 2004 and is running in more than 1600 primary and secondary schools in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. UNICEF UK’s RRSA initiative helps schools to use the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) as the values framework.
A values framework for schools
The RRSA provides a coherent values framework which 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 CRC provides a clear link between building up their rights-respecting school and the need for children’s rights to be realised everywhere.
What are the benefits?
When the principles and values of the CRC are introduced and reinforced throughout school life, children and the wider school community benefit.
As schools implement the RRSA standards they enable children and young people to make informed decisions and to grow into confident, active and responsible citizens.
The pattern emerging from self-evaluation by schools and local authorities, by RRSA education officers and assessors and by external researchers is consistent for all types of schools in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
The main areas of impact are:
- Improved self-esteem and well-being
- Improved relationships and behaviour (reductions in bullying and exclusions and improved attendance)
- Improved engagement in learning
- Positive attitudes towards diversity in society and the reduction of prejudice
- Children and young people’s enhanced moral understanding
- Children and young people’s support for global justice
- Children and young people become more involved in decision-making in schools
Parents have also reported support for the values and principles of the CRC. This is based on the beneficial impact they see on their children when they adopt rights-respecting language and behaviour.