Unicef Award

About The Award

Willowbrook has been working towards the Level 1 of the Rights Respecting School Award (RRSA). We are pleased to say, after being assessed in July that we successfully achieved Level 1 and are now a Rights Respecting School. The award recognises achievement in putting the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) at the heart of a school’s planning, policies, practice and ethos.

We are very proud of all the children who have been an essential part of getting the award, including our school council, community steering group, and all the children who were involved in the assessment day. They demonstrated their mature and responsible behaviour by articulating clearly all the work we have been doing on global citizenship and the Universal Rights of the Child.

By gaining the award we have taken steps to enable our school community to help improve the well-being and develop every child’s talents and abilities to their full potential. A rights-respecting school not only teaches about children’s rights but also models rights and respect in all its relationships: between adults, between adults and pupils and between pupils. It adds to the school’s commitment to develop the whole child.

Our community steering group that included members of the local community and children from our school council. This group helps to steer the work the school is doing towards the award.

The process of applying for the award has made us look outwards and to us becoming global citizens. The children have been getting involved with charities and their community to help improve the lives of themselves and others. Please look through the links to the right to see all that we have been doing.

We are now looking forward towards the Level 2 award, which will mean looking further at our commitment to being Global Citizens and working with other schools to help them achieve Level 1.

Academy Aims
The whole of the school was committed to gaining the award and consequently implemented many new things over the last couple of years. The award has become central to the school’s thoughts and plans for the future. We have implemented curriculum and planning changes to help our children know their rights and responsibilities and to allow them to become global citizens. It has also been part of the school development plan and policy changes within school.

We aim to continue our work towards the Level 2 award and further engrain the idea of global citizenship and rights and responsibilities into how our school operates.
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The school has put the CRC as part of the base for all topic planning within school. It is also part of our PSHCE curriculum and part of other curricular areas where we appropriate. Please look at the links to see example of planning, children’s work and photos of how we implement the CRC as part of our curriculum.

The CRC is the basis of weekly assemblies. The themes are covered either by senior leadership, teachers or by class assemblies. There is link to see examples of some of these assemblies to the right.

- Click here to view some examples of how the rights are incorporated in our topic planning
- Click here to view our PSHCE planning
- We have done weekly assemblies linked to UNICEF. Click Here
- Examples of Children's work

Global Citizenship

  • About Global Citizenship

    At Willowbrook we have been learning about global citizenship – what it is and what that means for us. For us being a global citizen means that we are part of and have a responsibility to our school, wider community, country and the rest of the world. We have been trying to meet this definition through class assemblies, what we learn, working with charities and getting involved in our local community. Please click on the links to the right to learn more about how we have done this and to listen to our school song on being global citizens.

  • Our Global Citizenship Song

  • Charity Work

    Over recent years the school has raised money for different charities. These include the NSPCC, Diabetes, Children in Need, Comic Relief and Rainbows. The children have shown real commitment to helping the lives of others, in particular children who are less fortunate than themselves.

  • Community Work

    The school has a commitment and responsibility to our community. The school council have been passionate about this and have come up with many ideas of how we can get involved and help. So far this year different year groups have:
    • Sang at the local community centre
    • Litter picked around the local area
    • Made cakes for the elderly
    • Made and delivered food parcels
    • Visited and sang at the local old people’s home
    • Been involved in a local art project to bring all the local religions and cultures closer together
    • The school aims to further get involved and help the lives of people in our local community.

  • Celebrations

    At Willowbrook we celebrate all the major religious festivals such as Christmas, Eid, Diwali and Vaisakhi. We do this in celebrations assembly where every year group contributes something and shares what they have done with the rest of the school. In addition we celebrate any national and international event such as the Royal Wedding, World Cups and the Olympic Games.

Rights And Responsibilities

The school believes that every child in the world should have the rights outlined in the Convention on the Right of a Child as a minimum and has made this part of our curriculum and school policies. In each classroom the charter is displayed so that people can read it. As well as this each class has made their own charter which they feel applies to them and you can see each charter on the link to the right.
Throughout the school there are posters outlining our rights and responsibilities as well as different articles from the convention which we feel are particularly important and relevant to our school.

Convention on the Rights of a Child

Here are a few examples of how we are meeting different articles from the convention:
  • Article 31 – The right to rest and play – The school meets this right by our large grounds and investment in play and sport’s equipment. We also many clubs in which children are actively encouraged to join. Furthermore we have a sensory room within school in which groups of children can relax and enjoy.
  • Article 29 - Your education should help you use and develop your talents and abilities – The school meets this right by our enrichment policy. The school believes the education of our children should have as much enrichment as possible. Each new topic that is taught aims to include at least one enrichment trip or activity. In addition each subject leader arranges free enrichment each term for the children who are gifted or talented in that subject.
  • Article 30 - You have the right to practice your own culture, language and religion - or any you choose – The schools show this by celebrating each religious festival in a celebration assembly in which all year groups contribute. We also actively encourage all people to share their cultures with the school so that the children can experience as many different things as possible.
  • Article 12 - You have the right to give your opinion, and for adults to listen and take it seriously – The schools shows this by having an active school council and eco-warriors.
  • Article 29 - Your education should help you use and develop your talents and abilities. It should also help you learn to live peacefully, protect the environment and respect other people – The school shows this through having a broad, balanced and exciting curriculum that respects and values all of the different beliefs and cultures.

These are just a few examples but you will see around school many more examples of how we are committed to the convention – look out for the blue and red posters! Click Here To View Pictures Of The Class Charters

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