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The Role of Children in the Rights Respecting School Award Process

Children and young people play an active role in their school becoming rights-respecting. The RRSA provides a framework for pupil participation based on the Convention. Adults are encouraged to work with children and young people in an inclusive way to ensure their views are heard and valued in decision making which affects them. There is recognition of the emerging capacities of children to play an increasingly informed and active role in the life of the school.

In a rights-respecting school, participation runs like a thread through all aspects of school life. For children and young people, knowing that they have the right to be heard in decisions which affect them boosts not only their sense of security but also their self-confidence. This opens the way to developing and applying the skills, language and concepts that allow them to realise their rights and to advocate for the rights of children everywhere.

From September 2017, there will be a system of Change Ambassadorship, and ambassadors will have specific roles and responsibilities. All Ambassadors will be part of the Snaresbrook Primary ‘Change Ambassadors Team’ .

The ‘Change Ambassadors Team’ .

  • Article 12 Ambassadors (School Council, school improvement, pupil voice/surveys)
  • Reading Ambassadors – (Library Club, Debating Society, Reading Buddies, Outdoor Literacy (incl. running an outdoor library)
  • Planet Ambassadors – (Eco duties, global citizenship duties, working on the Eco Schools Award, food waste, developing an ‘eco garden’, gardening club, sustainable travel)
  • Faith and Friendship Ambassadors – (Charity work, helping to manage the playground and lunchtime buddies, Inspire Awards, communicating with children in our link school)
  • Panda Ambassadors (Attendance and punctuality monitoring, gate duties, Panda Club (walking bus), identifying pupils for attendance and punctuality awards, motivating pupils and parents to improve attendance and punctuality, working with office on related issues)
  • Health & Safety Ambassadors (First Aid Club, Safeguarding duties, updating the Safeguarding Notice Board, promoting good health , Fruit Club, supporting the E-cadets).

Each team will appoint a Head Boy or Head Girl and will work with a named member of staff to carry out their roles effectively and safely.

All ambassadors will:

  • have a teaching responsibility
  • be asked to show visitors around the school
  • be involved in planning and delivering whole school events
  • report their activities via the school website and newsletters
  • meet with governors
  • be advocates for the rights of the child
  • be involved in school assemblies
  • take the lead in securing our Level One Rights Respecting Schools Award

Panda Ambassadors

Panda Ambassadors have an important job to do in school. Our role is to encourage children to attend school every day and be punctual. That is why we also call ourselves Punctuality Pandas! You may have seen us in the playground wearing our Panda costumes, handing out stickers to children arriving before the start of the day. We have also been supporting Mr Ford and Mrs Hedges in thinking of ways in which we can reward children who have 100% attendance. Please look out for us in the playground and come and say ‘Hello’. You may get a sticker!

Health & Safety Ambassadors

Hello! We are the Health and Well-Being team and our job is to keep you safe at all times.

What we do
Lately we have been patrolling the corridors making sure you are outside at all times. We also teach Y1 and Y2 all about staying safe and how to be healthy. We have been discussing ideas about sufficient ways to improve the already spectacular school. If we see you inside we would politely ask you why you are there. Next we would escort you to the place you have to go.

Why do we patrol
We patrol to keep everyone safe as if there is a fire you would be outside rather than inside. We also help as the teachers go on their break so if you are inside and something falls or you hurt yourself no one would -know.

Who are the Health and Saftey Team: 
Neha, Amy, Olivia, Krishni, Ferzana, Fateha, Aleeza, Ambar, Ciprian, Ambar, Lilly, Nielle, Shahna, Amira.

Reading Ambassador

As Reading Ambassadors we have achieved many things - such as:

  • The Pyjama Party
  • Book Fair
  • World Book Day
  • Cleaning up the library and helping in the library

And we are currently working on Year 2 reading buddies on Monday break times. 

At the end of the year we (reading ambassadors) want to influence reading across our school and make sure that the reading corners and the library are in good and tidy conditions.

Faith & Friendship Ambassador

We are the Faith and Friendship Ambassadors and our role is to celebrate the different children’s faiths and backgrounds in the school. As Faith and Friendship Ambassadors we are on a mission to make our school a happy and friendly place! For our Faith role we are teaching children about our different religions such as Hinduism, Christianity and Islam. For our Friendship role we are showing how to be a good friend and helping those who are lonely. Our head children are Lamia and Sophia. Our head adult is Ms. Hodgson.

What we are working on:

  1. Friendship tree. A place for lonely children to meet a friend and have a happy playtime.
  2. Outdoor library. Borrow a book and read outside in the sunshine!
  3. Helping children who find playtimes difficult.

Planet Ambassador

We have produced a video to tell children and adults about the air pollution around our school. We are hoping that adults will watch our video on the school website and try to drive to school less and think about other ways to travel to school. We also met with the Edible Playground team and made some designs to show them what we would like our playground to look like.

We are currently creating a set of rules for children to follow when using the edible playground. In the summer term, we want to recycle more around the school, particularly plastic and we also want to stop wasting energy. In our Ambassador meetings, we are thinking of ways to achieve these things.


Article 12 Ambassador - School Council

Hi, my name is Millie and I am in 6BF. I am the chair of the School Council. The following report is about the events that the School Council are working on this term. At the start of the School Council year we held a Fair Trade Café that was very successful. Due to the success of this café at Christmas, we held another one and at the end of this we had raised £268 to spend on school improvements. We have started work on a Friendship Bench and an Outdoor Library in collaboration with the Faith and Friendship ambassador group. We are also in the process of buying footballs for each year group to play with at break and lunchtime. At our weekly meetings, minutes are taken by Manaal, I then collect these and compile a termly report. At our last meeting Mr Batley informed us about the School Council course he went on (The Smart School Council) and how the School Council will make exciting, new changes for the better. The school council are looking forward to an amazing summer term where many more projects will be put into action. We are hoping to make improvements to the KS2 toilet area and more equipment for the playground, such as a life size chess set, to make it a better and more educational place to play.

Digital Leaders

The Digital Leaders have been part of the after school Code Club. Through the Code Club we have been learning additional skills to expand our knowledge of coding. In addition to this, we have been discussing possible ways in which computing can be improved at Snaresbrook. We are currently working together to raise awareness of online safety in the school and at home. The Digital Leaders will play a big role in promoting online safety during the Safer Internet Awareness Day at Snaresbrook in the summer term. We are really looking forward to it! ​

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