Our school is part of the Global Neighbours accreditation scheme and in July 2018 we were awarded the Bronze Award for our global citizenship work. (Please read our Bronze assessment report below.) We have also applied for our Silver Award and we are waiting for our assessment. The Bronze Award reflects the work the children have undertaken to improve their knowledge and understanding of global issues.The accreditation scheme celebrates schools that are helping pupils learn about global poverty and the Christian responsibility to tackle it, as well as giving them the tools to play a confident part in creating a fairer world. Our world is increasingly connected and our hope is for our children to grow as responsible global citizens who care about issues such as the environment and access to healthcare. The children have especially enjoyed learning about how to support with safe water and how many millions of children do not have access to even a clean glass of water. We have also been learning about how we can help our environment by reducing our use of plastic. We are now a plastic straw free school which is saving over 500 plastic straws being used EACH WEEK! Our ECO group are actively seeking ways of reducing the use of plastic milk cartons...watch this space!
Christian Aid’s Global Neighbours accreditation scheme is first and foremost about children: their needs and aspirations, their character, and their hopes for the world in which they are growing up.
Theirs is an increasingly globalised and interconnected world in which everyday lives and local communities cannot be fully understood without reference to a wider global picture. On the one hand, it is full of wonder and the possibilities and opportunities afforded by technology. On the other, it is marked by division, extreme inequality, injustice, and poverty, conflict and environmental crises. We know it to be near impossible to shield children from such issues. Even the youngest in our schools bring with them knowledge of injustice, disadvantage and conflict, gleaned through the media, and often, direct personal experience. With that very partial knowledge, they also bring into school a complex set of questions, concerns and emotions.
The good news is that our school can provide a much-needed safe space and structure in which children can begin to make sense of the world they are encountering and explore their place within it. It aims to nurture the values, attitudes, understanding and skills so our children may realise their hopes and aspirations for a more just and sustainable world in which we live well together, at local, national and global levels.
The Global Neighbours scheme supports any aspiring school to:
• develop global citizenship/courageous advocacy
• advance the spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development of its pupils
• strengthen its promotion of ‘fundamental British values’
• enhance its religious education (RE)
• promote critical thinking across the curriculum
• strengthen links with the local community