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Themes of equality and respect are high profile throughout life at Cockshut Hill.   British values are celebrated and treasured across all manner of provision in school.  Assemblies and curriculum areas promote the inherent global rights of children.  Cockshut Hill students are encouraged to be tolerant of all and embrace the opportunities that being a multicultural school can offer. We actively promote the Unicef articles and our 4 main pledges.

 

In 2018 we became only the second Secondary School in Birmingham to be officially recognised as a GOLD Rights Respecting School by UNICEF.  The respectful manner in which students and staff interact was highlighted by UNICEF inspectors as being a strength of the school.

Articles of the Month

SEPTEMBER – Return to Education

 

Article 28 – The Right to Education Every child has the right to an education. Primary education must be free and different forms of secondary education must be available to every child.

Rationale:

We have chosen this article as we need to celebrate the cultural diversity of our school. We must continue to recognise the contributions of everyone in society, including all from African or Caribbean heritage. No one should be treated differently because of skin colour or culture.

NOVEMBER – Anti Bullying Week

 

Article 19 – Protection from violence, abuse and neglect: Governments must do all they can to ensure that children are protected from all forms of violence, abuse, neglect and bad treatment by their parents or anyone else who looks after them.

Rationale:

We have chosen this article as bullying, of any kind, is not acceptable. There are millions of words in the word, lots of ways to communicate with others but the manner in which some young people may communicate has to be challenged. Let’s make, not break, someone’s day. It only takes one kind word.

JANUARY – Holocaust Memorial Day

 

Article 37 – No child should be tortured, sentenced to death, imprisoned unfairly or treated in a cruel or inhuman way.

Rationale:

We have chosen this article as a reflection of what terrible things have taken place across the world and still do today. These acts can never be accepted and work to eradicate them must continue.

MARCH – World Book Day

 

Article 29 – (goals of education)
Education must develop every child’s personality, talents and abilities to the full. It must encourage the child’s respect for human rights, as well as respect for their parents, their own and other cultures and the environment.

Rationale:

We believe, to succeed you need to READ. Part of out Literacy program.

May – Fair Trade

 

Article 6 – Every child has the right to life.
Governments must do all they can to ensure children survive and develop to their full potential.

July – End of the Academic Year

 

Article 31 – Rest, play, culture, arts

Every child has the right to relax, play and take part in a wide range of cultural and artistic activities.

OCTOBER – Black History Month

 

Article 2 (non-discrimination)
The Convention applies to every child without
discrimination, whatever their ethnicity, gender, religion, language, abilities or any other status, whatever they think or say, whatever their family background.

Rationale:

We have chosen this article as we need to celebrate the cultural diversity of our school. We must continue to recognise the contributions of everyone in society, including all from African or Caribbean heritage. No one should be treated differently because of skin colour or culture.

DECEMBER – Health and Well-being

 

Article 2 – Health Care – ensures that every child has the right to the best possible health.

Rationale:

We have chosen this particular article as the global pandemic still plays a major role in our lives being less ‘normal. We have been used to changes to our daily lives over the past few years but we need to continue to follow the guidance so we are protected in school as well as keeping our families safe. The past few years have also been harder for our well-being, so we must speak out for support and use this support to make positive progress.

FEBRUARY – LGBT+ History Month

 

Article 13 – Every child must be free to say what they think and to seek and receive all kinds of information, as long as it is within the law.

Rationale:

Promoting respect and inclusive behaviour to all members of society, as a Trust we believe in, ‘Strength through Diversity’.

April – Ramadan

 

Article 14 – Freedom of thought, belief and religion.

Every child has the right to think and believe what they choose and also to practise their religion, as long as they are not stopping other people from enjoying their rights. Governments must respect the rights and responsibilities of parents to guide their child as they grow up.

Rationale:

We have chosen this article because the cultural diversity of our school is what makes us so special. Ramandan is a very sigificant month for our Muslim students and we, as a school, alter aspects of our school to try and accommodate their needs.

June – World Refugee Day

 

Article 22 – (refugee children)
If a child is seeking refugee or has refugee status, governments must provide them with appropriate protection and assistance to help them enjoy all the rights in the Convention. Governments must help refugee children who are separated from their parents to be reunited with them.

 

Rationale:

We have chosen this article as we support, as a school, those who have been forced to leave their home countries to seek refugee from oppression. We want to make them feel welcome, help them to heel and shine in a way which they never thought possible.