In March, students across the school had the opportunity to put specific rights into practice with a range of events and activities taking place across the curriculum.
In addition to links to the CRC and RRSA in a range of lessons, students had the opportunity to find out about local volunteering opportunities through the Horsham-based Springboard Project (linked with their right to freedom of association), vote for their representative in the Youth Parliament elections (linked with their right to an opinion) and take part in petitions and campaign work to end violence against children led by the RRR (Rights, Respect and Responsibility) group.
Representatives from the school’s RRR group were on hand throughout the week to help deliver the activities to students, and raise awareness of the importance of young people knowing their rights and responsibilities by hosting assemblies. The overall aim of the week was to highlight to students what their rights and responsibilities mean in the real world.
This focus week was just one aspect of the efforts going on across Tanbridge to work towards achieving Level 2 Rights, Respecting School status from UNICEF, the highest accolade a school can be awarded in relation to children’s rights.
Mr Baker, RRSA Co-ordinator, said: “The RRR week was a brilliant opportunity to raise awareness of children’s rights here at Tanbridge House School. The students in the RRR group have been working really hard behind the scenes over the past few months, to develop the updated charters and organise the events taking place during the week, so it is great that they have been able to raise the profile of this valuable work.”
Jules White, Headteacher, added: “As a ‘Rights Respecting’ school, the values and ethos put forward under UNICEF’s articles underpin everything we do at Tanbridge House School. This exciting week of activities further cemented our superb work already completed in this area of our educational provision.”