Rights Respecting School Award
We are proud to announce that we are now a Unicef recognised Rights Respecting School. We achieved Level 1 of the award in July 2017 and are now working towards Level 2.
A Unicef Rights Respecting school puts the Convention on the Rights of the Child at the heart of the school’s every day practice. In the Convention, there are 54 articles which explain what children’s rights are. Articles 1-42 relate specifically to what children and adults can do to ensure all children’s rights are met. These rights will be learned, taught, practiced, respected and promoted by the whole school community. Articles 43-54 relate to how the Government will ensure these rights are met.
What do we do as a Rights Respecting School?
- Each class creates their own Class Charter. Children choose the five most important rights they believe should be respected within their classroom and explain how they will respect these rights.
- The Article of the Week is displayed in every classroom and shared in our weekly newsletter to ensure all children and parents are aware of the rights and understand them.
- The difference between wants and needs is discussed in school so that children respect children’s rights appropriately.
- Assemblies remind children of their rights and how we can respect them in our everyday lives at school.
- A committee of Change Ambassadors promote children's rights and work towards making our school a better place. There are 4 teams in the committee:
- Faith and Friendship
- Healthy Living
- Eco Team
- Attendance Monitors
- The teams meet on a fornightly basis and monitor the progress made towards achieving the next stage of the award.
- Rights Respecting Citizens are announced weekly in Celebration Assemblies. These are the children who demonstrate good knowledge of children’s rights and how to respect them.
- Teachers embed children's rights and global issues within the curriculum. This encourages our children to become global citizens who are fully aware of their rights and explore the rights of other children in the world who unfortunately are not able to access all of their rights.
- We take part in a range of local, national and international fundraising activities and explore where the money raised goes and how we can make a difference in the world.
If you are a parent who would like to join the Rights Respecting Team, please speak to our main office, Mr Nicholson, Mrs Gray or Miss Sarmiento. The Rights Respecting Team meets every half term to discuss the progress made towards becoming a Level 2 Rights Respecting School.
For more information on the Rights Respecting journey, please visit the Unicef UK website.
“The Rights Respecting Schools Award is a Unicef UK programme that aims to put children’s rights at the heart of schools in the UK. We work with thousands of schools across the country to embed children’s rights in their ethos and culture to improve well-being and develop every child’s talents and abilities to their full potential.”