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					RIGHTS RESPECTING SCHOOL AWARD:
STEERING GROUP GUIDANCE FOR PRIMARY SCHOOLS
Creating a Steering group is the first, most important step towards
becoming a Rights Respecting School. A school must have a Steering
Group to achieve the Award. The size of the Steering Group, where and
how often it will meet is decided by each school, but it should have
regular meetings, at least once every half term, which are all set in
advance during the action planning process.

THE PURPOSE OF THE STEERING GROUP
The Steering Group leads, guides and informs the activities of the whole school so that it
achieves the RRSA and becomes a Rights Respecting School.

Its work is underpinned by the following principles:

   It has the support of the headteacher, governing body and senior management team
    from the outset
   It has the influence and ability to drive forward changes
   It represents a cross section of the school community
   Ensures that working towards the RRSA is not a ‘teacher only’ initiative
   Involves children beyond the membership of the Steering Group
   It recognises Article 12 of the UNCRC

THE ROLE OF THE STEERING GROUP

   To take the lead in developing and delivering the school’s RRS Action Plan
   To ensure that the whole school is aware of the Rights Respecting Schools Award
   To provide a link between students, teachers, senior management team, governors and
    the whole school community
   To regularly feedback to the school community about progress, including the SMT,
    governors, staff, pupils and parents.

FORMING THE STEERING GROUP

The Steering Group can be:

   a new working group
   a working group or sub-committee of an existing School Council, augmented by
    additional adults and students from within the school community
   developed from another school ‘action group’ e.g. Healthy Schools, Fair Trade, Eco
    School
   a group that meets once every half-term, delegating most functions to working groups or
    sub- committees that meet more frequently




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MEMBERSHIP OF THE STEERING GROUP
The Steering Group must include:

   A high representation of students who represent different year groups and the whole
    school
   At least one member of the Senior Management Team
   Other teachers (with key roles in school, or with a level of knowledge and enthusiasm in
    this area)

The following possible members should be considered:

   A Governor
   A Parent
   A non-teaching staff member
   A member of the local community who is invoved in the school (police, health workers,
    local faith leaders)

WHAT THINGS CAN THE STEERING GROUP DO?
Focus groups

   Hold training sessions about how to run a focus group and present the results to others
    (e.g. SMT, Governing Body, Staff meeting)
   Share and discuss the findings of the focus groups

Action planning

   Be involved in deciding how the focus group findings should feed into the baseline audit
   Decide from the audit results what the priority areas are and what actions can be taken
   Set and agree timescales
   Rewrite the Action Plan and identify any actions needed
   Agree and decide upon actions and who is responsible for them
   Agree and decide how the steering group can monitor and evaluate actions (what
    systems already exist in school?)
   Be involved in the self evaluation leading up to assessment
   Produce guidance and information for teachers, students, parents etc


Other possible tasks

   Work as peer educators on the UNCRC in and out of classrooms
   Record and Collect Evidence
   Keep in contact for advice and support with UNICEF
   Act as the ambassadors for the RRSA and the UNCRC inside and outside school




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