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Norton Primary Academy Shows its Right to Respect Others

11th Feb 2015

Norton Primary Academy Shows its Right to Respect Others

Norton Primary Academy in Stockton, which is sponsored by the Northern Education Trust (NET), has been awarded the RRSA Level One accreditation as a ?rights respecting school?.

The accreditation demonstrates that the school places rights respecting values at the heart of everything it does to develop a caring, respectful, inclusive ethos and an environment that nurtures the future prospects of every child, enabling them to be the best they can be.

The assessment, which reviewed the extent to which the values and principles of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) have been placed at the heart of policies and practice within the school, also looked at how these values underpin leadership and management, how the whole school community learns about the CRC, how children are encouraged to uphold the rights and how they are empowered to become active citizens and learners.

Each class has developed its own class charter underlining their commitment to upholding the rights and there are colourful displays around school documenting a wide range of rights related activities the children have undertaken. The report states: ?the leadership team have invested time and resources into becoming rights respecting and take risks to advance the culture of respect for diversity within the school.?

Susan Dawson, principal, is very pleased to have received the accreditation and is keen to take the academy up to Level Two. She said: ?Pupils? motivation, self-belief, independence and ability to reflect have all improved with the rights respecting approach and this can be seen through their engagement in learning where they support each other socially and academically.

?It is wonderful to see how they have developed personally both through their honesty and ability to accept responsibility for their actions. They are better at challenging and supporting each other when they see something that is not right and are more aware of others and injustices locally and globally.?

Ian Kershaw, NET?s chief executive, added: ?We are delighted to hear such positive feedback about the children through this assessment because this kind of work provides a strong basis for their personal development in the future. As a trust one of our aims is for children to feel empowered and involved in all aspects of school life.?

This latest award is just one of many acquired by this inclusive school. As part of its commitment to eradicating all forms of bullying and promoting tolerance and acceptance, last year the academy also became one of the first Stonewall School Champions in the local area to address the negativity surrounding homophobia as well as achieving the Eco Schools Gold Award, Stockton Anti-Bullying Accreditation and the International School Award.

Northern Education Trust is passionate about making a difference for children. A multi academy not-for-profit education trust, it was established in 2012. With an ethos of only sponsoring schools by invitation, NET now sponsors 18 academies throughout North East and North West England. With the wellbeing of the child at the heart of its policies, its goal is to drive school improvement through the highest standards of leadership, ethics and governance.