Unicef Rights Respecting Schools
We are a ‘Unicef Rights Respecting school'. This means that we teach our children about their rights and the rights of children all around the world, including their right to education, as well as how they can support the rights of others. In this way, we seek to empower our children to ensure that their rights are met in our school and enable them to help us make our school a better place to learn.
The Unicef Rights Respecting Schools Charter, which is at the heart of our provision in this area, can be found here.
As part of our work to involve children in decision-making in the school, children in all year groups can volunteer their time to become a member of one of our Change Ambassador Groups. Ambassador Groups work on themes they decide on each year. Themes may include: Reading Ambassadors, Playground Ambassadors, Eco Ambassadors and Family Homework Ambassadors.
At Stepney Park, we seek to ensure that children's voices are heard in a number of ways. We have an elected school council, members of which speak to the children in their classes and use the feedback from this to work with senior leaders to help improve the school. We also regularly ask children for their opinions and ideas on aspects of the school, for example through questionnaires and in assemblies and leaders use focus groups to discuss specific areas of interest. In addition, our weekly Discussion Time in class gives teachers opportunities to act on suggestions and address concerns raised by the children.
With support from the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families and other organisations, we complete regular surveys on children’s wellbeing. These surveys are used to give a more general picture of children’s wellbeing but can also be broken down into classes and year groups. This information is shared with Senior Leaders and Governors and informs decisions made in school.