Burford Primary School
Courageous Advocacy at Burford Primary School
At Burford CofE Primary School we show Courageous Advocacy in many ways. Here are some of the ways we have shown it and continue to show it.
- Young Leaders Award – We take part in this bi-annually, as children travel through our school they will participate in KS1 and KS2. We use it to support us to look at needs both within our school and the local community and to see what difference we can make. So far we have organised, packaged and delivered Christmas Hampers to local residents. This was so successful in the first year we did,it during lockdown (we also sang Christmas Songs onto a cd for them to listen to and made it onto ITV News!) that we continue to do it every year. We have now got local businesses involved with donations too. We saw a need at our local hospital for an area for staff and patients to relax, so we re-painted the benches that were already there, asked for donations of plants from local companies and planted it up. We had a lovely opening ceremony where staff and patients came to watch the relaunch of their quiet area. We have learnt about perseverance and how we can support ourselves and others when things are tricky, so improving ours and others lives.
- Global Goals – Through our Eco Club and as part of our curriculum we have looked at the 17 Global Goals and how we can support them. It can be from as simple as saving energy and the earth’s resources by turning off light switches to ‘Saving our Seas’ and trying to reduce plastic. We wrote to a local company who made litter pickers and asked if they would donate some to us, as we saw a need in our local community. They sent us everything we would need to keep our local community clean, tidy and litter free.
- Our Year 5 children have taken part in the #WeWill project with a local High School as part of Youth Social Action and became Digital Leaders. They learnt how to support other children and families with Online Safety. They organised a workshop for parents about online safety, as well as keeping children safe online. They also organised an assembly for all children within the school on this important area and recently reported to staff their concerns about a possible online safety issue they had heard about, to protect another pupil. The Digital Leaders set up laptops in school for other classes and support staff with computing within our school.
- We are training some of our older children to help support any issues on the playground and at lunchtimes – training them to mediate between other children and so supporting all our children’s mental health and wellbeing, as well as giving all our children vital skills for the future.