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The Oscar Romero Award

The Oscar Romero Award

Participator Level award

At this level, the school will self-assess to see what they already do – how are they living their mission as a Catholic community? Do they already take part in any social justice awareness or promotion activities?

Participator Level descriptors

1. Strategic

Does the school have policy statements agreed by the Governing Body about commitment to challenging injustice? If so briefly summarise.

What does the school do that helps promote Catholic Social Teaching [CST]?  e.g. dignity of the human person, rights and responsibilities, dignity of work and rights of workers, care for God’s creation, preferential option for and with people who are poor.

Does the school have a person responsible for social justice and/or charitable undertakings?

Ideas which might contribute to this section:

An equal pay policy which is fair to all staff and which recognises each individual's contribution.

A community cohesion policy that ensures teachers show tolerance and respect of others, maintain British values and ensure that personal beliefs are not expressed in ways which exploit pupils vulnerability.

A behaviour policy that counts racial, homophobic or religious abuse or assault of a student or member of staff as a most serious behaviour.

A school equality policy that ensures pupils and members of staff have the opportunity to fulfil their potential whatever their background.

Catholic Social Teaching (CTS) curriculum that we teach and the charity work that is carried out.

A Fairtrade policy.

A designated teacher to promote the way the school puts its Christian faith and ideals into action.

Support for particular organisations or projects e.g. CAFOD, a partner school in Africa, a Justice and Peace Group

2. Curriculum

How do students/pupils learn about causes of poverty or social justice issues in the curriculum?

Do students/pupils learn about climate change and living sustainably?

Outline how the school uses any resources from charities that promote justice and fairness in line with CST.

Ideas which might contribute to this section:

Examples of what is taught in the Religious Education curriculum about the causes of poverty or social justice issues e.g Rwandan genocide

Examples of what is taught in other areas of the curriculum such as in English treatment of the poor in literature e.g. 'A Christmas Carol' focusing on the true meaning of Christmas, family and generosity of spirit; 'Of Mice and Men' discussing how and why the rights of women, black people and those with disabilities have changed from 1930s-1940s in America.  Social justice issues in History e.g. Holocaust and using IT to research and develop websites and webpages on justice concerns.

Examples from areas of the curriculum which teach about climate change and living sustainably e.g. Geography and Science.

Campaigns in school which promote living sustainably e.g not wasting water, improving recycling, automatic lighting.

How resources from charities that promote justice and fairness are used e.g visiting speakers from CAFOD who use their resources to teach about different issues and what CAFOD are doing to help with these.

3. Practical

Describe briefly how the school raises money for any of the following local, national or

international charities that support CST.

Does the school engage students/pupils in leadership groups? If so briefly describe.

Illustrate how the school is involved in raising awareness about any justice issue in line with CST.

 

Ideas which might contribute to this section:

How does the school raise money e.g for local charities like Age Concern and international charities such as CAFOD through non uniform days, house/class fundraising days, discos and coffee mornings; events like a Penny Fayre, 'Christmas Jumper Day', CAFOD breakfast

How does the school engage students/pupils in a leadership group e.g a School Council which meets regularly to discuss issues and implement changes around the school.

What activities does the school engage in to raise awareness about justice issues e.g. developing links with a local care home, Charity Week, Fairtrade Fortnight, invitation to outside speakers such as a Colombian banana farmer who has benefited from the work of Fairtrade, or a worker form a charity, etc