Whole School Charter
The Whole School Charter was developed in meetings with the Rights Champions. They looked at the UNCRC for the basis of the rights they felt were most important in a school setting. There was debate, and some compromise, and they found that it was a rewarding challenge to ensure that the wording of some rights match their original intentions.
When they had finished, it consisted of four important areas. Then it went to teaching staff who agreed with much of it and thought it would be a good idea to add “Our Futures” and to include a right about learning skills that are important for the future.
Our School Governors then also contributed to it, shaping the wording slightly and adding a right about ‘achieving to the best of our ability’ from the Every Child Matters agenda. Then, after further consultation with other school staff, pupils and parents – the first edition of the charter was complete.
Rights Reflecting Forms
On the rare occasions that a child chooses to act in a way which deprives a right of another child in school, it is necessary to ensure that the child reflects carefully about his/her future actions and their parents/carers are informed. Previously, a form called the Logical Consequence Form was issued requiring the child to think about what rule had been broken. On our journey to becoming a RRS we decided to change the wording on the form so it was more right focused, but after the creation of the Whole School Charter, the Rights Champions devised a form called the Rights Reflecting Form.
The Rights Reflecting Form is a new design and it corresponds to the School Charter and concentrates on the right that was not respected and guiding the child to reflect upon responsibilities for the future.
A competition to add symbols to each area of the School Charter on the Rights Reflecting Form has been launched to make the form even more visual for younger children.