Cockshut Hill School wins respect award

Cockshut Hill School has been accredited as a Level 1 Rights Respecting School.

They started the journey in the summer of 2016 forming an action plan to become Rights Respecting. The school chose to underpin its vision for improvement around the award strategically planning its practices around elements involved.

At the heart of the award lie the principles and values of the UN convention on the rights of the child and the school works hard to promote this to stakeholders.

On Thursday, May 18, the school welcomed two inspectors to assess its progress as a Rights Respecting School.

After a meeting with senior staff to outline the whole school approach to embedding its rights respecting ethos, the inspectors went on to meet the student group responsible for driving the work towards the award in school.

The group spoke passionately about why they felt the award was important to them and the impact they felt it had had in school.

They told the inspectors all about the film they had made about the plight of refugee children for the OutRight campaign and their pride in their work being shown in parliament.

The students took the inspectors on a tour of the school, where they presented the way the school keeps children’s rights on a high profile over the site.

A further meeting with a variety of students from across the school followed and then they met with staff from all areas of the school to discuss the impacts of working towards the award.

Feedback from the inspectors was extremely positive, from a rights respecting angle, but also about the school in general.

They cited a clear ethos of respect from what they had seen from both students and staff.

Students had clearly communicated a great understanding of both local and global issues from a rights respecting point of view.

Cockshut Hill School became just the second secondary school in Birmingham to receive Rights Respecting Accreditation and looks forward to continuing its journey into Level 2 of the award.

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