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The Oscar Romero Award

The Oscar Romero Award

Innovator Level

At this level, the school community is challenged to become fully alive, working to promote social justice awareness in and beyond the school. The school actively changing the culture of its practice and life so that all its members see it as their duty to challenge inequality wherever they see it. The school’s commitment to social justice and awareness is visible and its impact is tangible, measurable and sustainable.

Selection of Evidence

Select targeted exemplars to reflect the comments you have made in your summary statements.

Appropriately name each evidence type e.g. Pay Policy, SoW.

Ensure you load only evidence which can be accessed from your submission.  There is a limit to the size of file which can be added.  Currently there is not the capacity to accept video material except via a YouTube link.

Innovator Level descriptors

1. Strategic

Identify how the School, SLT and Governing Body monitor, challenge and evaluate the impact of the commitment to social justice and awareness

How is CST reflected in the School's Development Plan?  Briefly illustrate the ongoing commitment.

Summarise any INSET for Staff and Governors within the last year which helps them develop, deepen and share their understanding and practice of CST both in and out of the school environment

Ideas that might contribute to this section:

Examples of how Governing Body policies are being used to reflect the impact of CST on decision making e.g. through the Pay Policy, Behaviour Policy, Leave of Absence Policy etc

How has the school through its Development Plan demonstrated an ongoing commitment to CST e.g. the journey the school has been on to develop CST over a number of years

How are Performance Management cycles being used to promote CST e.g. for Headteacher, SLT and individual class teachers

How has the school further developed its promotion of CST e.g is the leader or group actively seeking to engage Parents and others beyond the immediate school community

Examples of visiting speakers, conferences attended e.g the impact of these on changing behaviour and developing awareness in the school and beyond

2. Curriculum.

How is the curriculum driven by the principles of CST?

How is learning about human dignity, justice, fairness and equality embedded right across the curriculum?

Illustrate how the school is developing resources that directly refer to CST to share with other schools?

Briefly outline how students/pupils actively take a lead in evaluating the Schemes of Work and their learning about justice awareness

Ideas that might contribute to this section:

Exemplars e.g from S.o.W or lesson plans 

Exemplars from student's/pupil's own work from a range of subject areas e.g to illustrate the impact of the curriculum or visiting speakers or visits outside the classroom or national or international campaigns including follow up actions on raising awareness of social justice issues

Examples of resources which can be shared with other schools

Evidence of support e.g examples of where support is given to a new member of staff, new Head of Department or Subject Leader to embed CST in their teaching and S.o.W

3. Practical

How visible is the school's commitment to human dignity, justice, fairness and equality?

Demonstrate the school's long term support for a project which aims to alleviate poverty and promote justice and fairness locally, nationally or in the global south.

How does the school empower and celebrate the contribution of student/pupil leadership to the school?

Does the school have an annual Justice Awareness Week?  Briefly outline

Describe how the school works with other schools to promote justice and fairness.

In what ways is the school a source of inspiration and evangelisation?

Ideas that might contribute to this section:

Exemplars/Photographs e.g evidence from the work of students/pupils, activities which show involvement of Governors, Parents and the wider community

Evidence from any project e.g. photographs, videos, newsletter as well as testimonies from recipients of the impact the project has had on their community

Examples of student/pupil led activities and initiatives e.g Student Voice and how this impacts on decision making

Evidence from resources or opportunities to be shared with other schools e.g visiting speakers, organising a conference

Evidence from a Justice Awareness Week