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“a RIGHT blether”: A useful framework for ethos?

2010-03-24_2227Cast your mind back to the early stages of CfE, and you may remember that the ethos and life of the school as a community is described as the starting point for learning. But it’s not an easy thing to monitor and develop. That’s where A RIGHT blether, an exciting new development from Scotland’s Children’s Commissioner, Tam Baillie, could help.

Tam’s hosting a series of events around the country to launch a RIGHT blether.  It’s a Scotland-wide project aimed at involving thousands of children of all ages – early years to 18 – in informing his work over the next four years.  Yesterday’s Edinburgh event featured a contribution from CfE architect Professor Brian Boyd, who explained how conversations of this type not only underpinned CfE, they also helped promote cognitive development.heavy

Tam explained that the strategic aims were to:

  • raise awareness of UNCRC
  • safeguard rights
  • develop involvement and participation

Through a RIGHT blether, children would be able to:

  • participate in votes, in various settings, with resource packs available
  • create using words, photos, art or drama to tell him about their RIGHT brilliant thing – an example from their school or community where their rights are being respected
  • meet Tam on his Commissioner’s Tour, either in person or on DVD
  • vote throughout November 2010 on issues that most affect them, such as their homes, their learning environment in clubs or school, their neighbourhood and county
  • celebrate the 21st anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child this November

If you’d like to find out more, visit http://www.arightblether.co.uk or contact David Gilmour, Lisa Shine or Sheila Laing.