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Courageous Advocacy

Courageous Advocacy

At Townlands C of E Primary Academy we have a strong emphasis on encouraging our pupils to become courageous advocates, not just locally, but nationally and globally.

We educate our pupils to understand that it is important to help others when we can, irrespective of who people are or where they come from. We teach this through the teachings of the bible and learning about other courageous advocates for example modern day courageous advocates – Sir David Attenborough, Malala Yousafzai, Princess Diana, Marcus Rashford.  Through our Christian vision and values and through carefully planned opportunities within our curriculum, we ensure that the children have opportunities to discuss significant issues, to challenge injustice and to engage in activities that can bring about change.

“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.”

Proverbs 31:8-9

We believe that it is important for our children to appreciate their role as part of a local, national and global community; to take responsibility and understand their impact and influence in the world. As part of this we are working towards our Global Neighbours accreditation through Christian Aid.

We support a range of charities locally, nationally and globally. In recent years we have carried out a range of different fund raising activities to support many good causes, some of which include:

  • A local food bank, Hinckley Food Bank (via Bankuet)
  • Comic Relief & Children in Need - Whole school fund raising projects to help children in our country and around the world who are less fortunate than ourselves.
  • The Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal
  • Sport Aid
  • Red Nose Day
  • Save the Children
  • Lawrence House
  • Age concern
  • Dahlicious Dress-Up Day
  • Christian Aid


Our school community and curriculum actively embraces a responsibility for the world in which we live and together we consider the wonder and fragility of our environment, the actions we take, and the impact these actions may have on the well-being of everyone. These are some examples:

  • The Rotary Club – Young Writers Competition and Young Photographers Competition (annually since at least 2014/15). Global organisation
  • Links with the local care home (Christmas carols)
  • Earl Shilton in Bloom
  • Strong PTA with community events such as Christmas and Summer Fayres, discos and film nights
  • Achievement of the Diana Award for anti-bullying through peer mediation and school of the term for our anti bullying ambassadors in 2014, 2016 and 2018.

Developing links with schools locally, nationally and internationally (to learn about the similarities, differences and how we can help support/develop each other through these).

Examples of courageous advocacy by members of our school can be found on a display in school.  Here are a few examples of what our school community have been up to.

Joshua and Lucas (Year 1&2) organised their own litter pick one evening after school in order to help their local community in Hinckley and were featured in the Hinckley Times

A year 6 pupil grew her hair and then had it cut to make wigs for people living with cancer.

Thomas in Year 2 collected and delivered food to those in need during the pandemic.

A parent made Christmas cushions to sell and a percentage of the profit was sent to the local children’s home.

During the pandemic a parent made food parcels for the local community and delivered Easter eggs to children in the community.

Mrs Hawskley went to work with a school in Nepal and took stationery with her to donate to the school.