St Stephen's Church of England Primary School and Nursery

'I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.' Philippians 4:13

Courageous Advocacy

What is Courageous Advocacy?

Courageous advocacy means embodying the Christian values of compassion, justice, and service by standing up for what is right, even when it is difficult.  It means amplifying the voices of those who are marginalised, working to create a more equitable world, and fostering a school community where all individuals feel empowered to speak out against injustice.
At St. Stephen's, we believe that courageous advocacy is essential for creating a just and compassionate world.  We strive to equip our pupils with the knowledge, skills, and conviction to become change-makers, both within our school community and beyond.

How do we nurture Courageous Advocacy?

Culture: St. Stephen's fosters a culture where children feel safe to express their opinions, raise concerns, and challenge the status quo.  Teachers and staff act as allies, encouraging respectful debate and modeling advocacy themselves.

Curriculum Design: When designing our curriculum we ensured that there were opportunities for children to learn about the ‘ows’ of the world. Our curriculum explicitly addresses racial equality (Year 5- Hidden Figures), identity (Year 1- Julian is a mermaid), gender equality (Suffragettes, The Battle for Equality) and the environment (Year 2- We are protectors). Our PSHE syllabus focuses on empowering children to not only be proud of their own identity but also to take responsibility for ensuring that everyone can be their own ‘unique’ self.

Collective Worship: Collective Worship is used to discuss and explore local and world issues highlighting the things in the world that are not just or are not in line with the teachings of Jesus. We use Collective Worship as a way to point out ‘doors’ to our children.

Pupil Leadership: Our school council, Year 6 responsibilities, Faith Council, Anti-bullying ambassadors and peer mediators empowers children to lead initiatives and advocate for change within the school.

Charity Support: At St. Stephen's, we see our charity work as a combination of raising awareness and raising money. Here are some of the charities that we support.