British Values and Rights Respecting at Playgroup
Promoting democracy – everyone has a voice and is listened to
Rule of law - being consistent with our rules and boundaries.
Individual liberty - promotes self -confidence and self -awareness
Teaching mutual respect and tolerance - ensuring children have the right to say ‘no’ and be respected for their choices; including world religions and festivals in our planning to teach children about the world in which they live; linking children’s learning so they understand they are part of a much wider world; displaying posters and reading books which show world religions and cultures, blended families, disability, equality of opportunity etc as the norm.
Here are some examples of how British Values are embedded in our day-to-day curriculum at Playgroup:
- We support children to be kind, helpful and respectful of others;
- We help children to be part of their local community;
- We plan to celebrate festivals and mark special days from the world around us;
- We teach the children about compromise – that some of us believe one thing… some of us believe something totally different… but we can all play together in the same house (or group setting) and respect each other = British values – teaching about similarities and differences.
- We support children to work together – where children learn to listen, take turns and value contributions from others. This is a very important part of British values = teaching about shared values and working together towards a common goal;
- We teach children about the world in which they live – the world on their doorstep and the wider world – through books, posters, planned activities, resources, outings and much more;
- We encourage children to listen and respect others…
- We teach children about the world around them and use the seasons, weather, special days etc
- We extend teaching by using online sources of information and support them as they learn to respect others by introducing music, dance, art etc from around the world.
At Dagnall Under Fives We Believe:Article 28. Every child has the right to an educationArticle 29. Education must develop every child’s personality, talent and abilities to the fullArticle 31. Every child has the right to play
The Rights Respecting Schools Award (RRSA) 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. A rights-respecting school not only teaches about children’s rights but also models rights and respect in all its relationships: between teachers / adults and pupils, between adults and between pupils.
Who is the Rights Respecting Schools Award (RRSA) for?
The RRSA is a UK-wide initiative for all children and all those working with or for children in formal education. It is being successfully implemented in all settings – Primary, Secondary, Special Needs and Pupil Referral Units – across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
How does the RRSA link with other school initiatives?
The initiative unifies a range of educational priorities in all UK jurisdictions; the global dimension, SEAL (social and emotional aspects of learning), community cohesion and sustainable development.
What impact does the RRSA have?
A three year qualitative study by researchers at the Universities of Sussex and Brighton found that “The RRSA has had a profound effect on the majority of the schools involved in the programme.”
How is the RRSA funded?
As a registered charity we rely entirely on voluntary donations to fund our vital work for children and their rights. Therefore we charge for regional courses, school visits, local authority support, assessments and other activities. Our RRSA programme does not make a profit – it simply aims to cover our running costs.
RRSA and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC)
The universality of the CRC provides a clear link for pupils between building up their rights-respecting school, understanding their rights and the need for children’s rights to be realised everywhere. Children and young people in rights-respecting schools develop a stronger sense of the need to act for global justice.