At Norbridge Academy our children are proud to be members of the school council. Every one of these members are 'Norbridge Champions' and are dedicated to trying their best to make Norbridge the best it can be. School council members should also display all aspects embodied in the Norbridge Learning Code.
The DfE have reinforced the need “to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.”
As a UNICEF Rights Respecting school the principles of equality, dignity, respect, non-discrimination and participation are at the heart of everything we do and these principles underpin the fundamental values.
‘The Convention applies to very child without discrimination, whatever their ethnicity, gender, religion, language, abilities or any other status, whatever they think or say, whatever their family background.’ (Article 2)
Norbridge Academy is a UNICEF Rights Respecting school. Children have many opportunities for their voices to be heard. The school council meets regularly to discuss issues raised in school, staff meetings and class assemblies. The council is able to genuinely effect change within the school. The council members for each year group are voted in by their class.
The Rule of Law
The importance of Laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout the regular school days, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through school assemblies. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws, that govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from authorities such as the Police, Health Service and Fire Service help reinforce this message.
Within school, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for young pupils to make choices safely, through provision of a safe environment and empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety, PSHE/SMSC lessons and class assemblies. Whether it be through choice of learning challenge, of how they record, of participation in our numerous extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, pupils are given the freedom to make choices.
As a Rights Respecting School, mutual respect is at the heart of our values. Children learn that their behaviours have an effect on their rights and those of others. All members of the school community treat each other with respect.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
As a school we place great emphasis on celebrating and promoting diversity with the children. Assemblies are regularly planned to address this either directly or through the inclusion of stories and celebrations from a variety of faiths and cultures. Our RE and PSHE curriculum reinforces this. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school. Children visit places of worship that are important to different faiths.
At Norbridge Academy we will actively challenge pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British Values, including ‘extremist’ views.
Equality & Diversity
The Equality Act 2010 combined nine separate pieces of legislation into one single Act simplifying the law and strengthening it in important ways to help tackle discrimination and inequality.
The Act introduced 9 protected characteristics;
- Gender reassignment
- Marriage and civil partnership
- Religion and belief
- Sexual orientation
- Pregnancy and maternity
As a school we do not prejudice and are fully inclusive and supportive of our whole learning community.
UN Convention on the Rights of the Child
Our school council aims to embody and respect aspects of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, in particular;
Article 12 (respect for the views of the child)
Every child has the right to express their views, feelings and wishes in all matters affecting them, and to have their views considered and taken seriously. This right applies at all times, for example during immigration proceedings, housing decisions or the child’s day-to-day home life.
Article 13 (freedom of expression)
Every child must be free to express their thoughts and opinions and to access all kinds of information, as long as it is within the law.
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.
To view all the rights please follow the link below;
All children from each class are given the opportunity to prepare a speech to explain why they would be an excellent student representative. They perform their speech to their class who then cast their vote on who they think would be the representative. Each class (Y1-Y6) have two student council members who will then attend meetings throughout the year to represent their class and be the student voice for the school.
School council elections will be held on 9th September 2022.
Please see below details of how to become a school council member.
School Council Advert 2022
Meet Our Representatives
Our Student Council Roles
Please check out our twitter https://twitter.com/NorbridgeCounc1
Please take a look at our weekly agendas.
Our Chosen Charity
This year, we will be fundraising for the chosen charity in school: Children's Air Ambulance.
There will be lots of events taking place throughout the year to support this charity and children within our school community.
School Council Planning
Please see below details of the exciting plans our school council will be part of during the Autumn term.
Operation Christmas Child
Would you like to help another child this Christmas?
Read the letter below to find out how you can take part in the Shoebox Appeal:
School Council Planning
School Council Planning
This year, the Student Councillors are working together to gain the reaccreditation of 'Investors in Pupils' award.
Investors in Pupils is a central point of our practice at Norbridge Academy: it helps pupils to develop behaviour for learning and to understand the importance of aspects of school but also to provide the pupils with ownership of things which happen in school.
What is it?
Investors in Pupils is a charter mark which nationally recognises the efforts and contributions made by school.
It empowers the pupils, increases the motivation and helps to increase attainment and progress.
Investors in Pupils at Norbridge Academy:
- Pupils begin to understand how schools work.
- Pupils will become involved with their own education.
- Pupils will begin to take responsibility for all aspects of their school life.
- All supporting adults are involved in the process.
- 'Investors in Pupils' builds on best practice which already exists in schools.
- Additionally, 'Investors in Pupils' provides evidence for Every Child Matters and Ofsted requirements.
What do we do at Norbridge Academy?
1) Each class has a mission statement to say what they want their class to be like.
2) Each class has a handbook which helps to introduce and welcome the new pupils/staff to school.
3) Each class has a class target.
4) Each child has individual targets.
5) Attendance targets and rewards.
6) 'Investors in Pupils' Reps and Student Council to help share pupil voice.
7) Weekly 'Investors in Pupils' meetings.