I am currently working on a number of strategies to improve the extent to which the school is engaged with its communities – as well as improve the effectiveness of what we currently do. In essence, I would like the school to reach out to its communities much more – in order to make sure that the school is a much greater part of the communities that it serves.
This is important in the period ahead, when we will have to work much smarter with much less in the way of resources. It is also important since it is in everyone’s interest to have our young people develop as responsible citizens, and to do this we need to work together.
One way in which we are moving forward is to work towards becoming a Rights Respecting School. This is an award from UNICEF for schools that embed the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child into their work. It is not simply a charter for young people to demand their rights. It is a mechanism through which young people and the adults around them understand the rights to which they are entitled – and the need for them to act in a way that respects the rights of others.
More info can be found at: http://www.unicef.org.uk/rrsa
I welcome suggestions from users of this site/forum on ways in which our school can work better with its communities, through this site as well as directly to me at the school: firstname.lastname@example.org