What’s the purpose of the Super Ambassadors scheme?
To teach children more about their rights under the UNCRC, and to get primary school children involved in our work to bring positive changes for children in Wales.
What do Ambassadors do?
Schools are asked to elect two Super Ambassadors at the beginning of every year. Super Ambassadors have three jobs. These are to:
- Inform other pupils in their school about the Commissioner and her powers
- Make sure other pupils know about about children’s rights under the UNCRC.
- Do special missions for the Commissioner in their school – these inform the work of our office and have a real impact on our work and on children’s rights in Wales.
Who is the Children’s Commissioner for Wales?
Sally Holland is the current Commissioner.
You can find out more about what the office does here.
How much does it cost?
The scheme and all accompanying resources are free.
How will the scheme benefit my pupils?
Information collated from the Super Ambassadors’ special missions will feed into the work of our office and will inform our contribution to national debates on issues that affect children.
This means that our Super Ambassadors have a direct impact on the work that we do to ensure that children and young people in Wales enjoy safe and happy lives.
In addition, Super Ambassadors will get a chance to develop their communication skills, and develop relationships with Super Ambassadors in other schools across Wales by attending our annual events.
How will the scheme benefit my school?
By becoming an Ambassador school you will become a part of the Children’s Commissioner’s network of schools across Wales.
The Ambassadors scheme provides a lively and interactive way for children in your school to learn about their rights, in accordance with the UNCRC, which underpins the Welsh Government’s vision for education.
The scheme gives your pupils the opportunity to become active participants in school life, a key component of the Welsh Government’s School Effectiveness Framework. It will also fit in with other schemes your school may already be running, and schools are successfully using the Ambassador scheme to support the following:
- PSE Framework
- Estyn Self-Assessment
- Rights Respecting Schools Award
- Development of ‘ethical, informed citizens’ in the new curriculum for Wales
- Healthy Schools Network
- Eco Schools
- Fairtrade Schools
- Restorative Practice
- Education for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenships (ESDGC)
- The new Participation Standards for Wales
How many schools are a part of the scheme?
Last year, over 180 schools took part in the scheme.
Can pupils from special schools or alternative education provision take part?
Yes, we aim to make the scheme accessible to all. Schools that have been part of the scheme in the past have adapted elements of the scheme to suit their own educational setting. If you would like more information or resources, including our UNCRC symbols pack, please contact us.
When can you start being a school ambassador?
Your school can become an Ambassador scheme at any time of the year but we generally advise schools to join at the beginning of the school year.
When can I give feedback on the scheme?
We are always hoping to develop and improve the scheme so your feedback is welcome at any stage. Ambassadors and their teachers are invited to our annual celebration events that take place each year, where they get the opportunity to discuss the scheme with the Commissioner and her team and celebrate their achievements.