The Gold Award Rights Respecting Schools Award
In 2018 we achieved our first Gold Level of the Rights Respecting Schools Award after lots of hard work.
It was granted by Unicef UK to our school for fully embedding children’s rights throughout the school in our policies, practice and ethos, as outlined in the Rights Respecting Schools Award (RRSA) Strands and Outcomes.
To achieve Gold we were assessed by one of their Professional Advisers who looked at the whole school’s rights respecting work and the impact that it had made through embedding children’s rights into school life. For more information click here.
Well done to all of our pupils, especially the UNICEF steering group, as they have made this achievement possible!
We achieved our re-accreditation once again in June 2022. We even asked the team to consider creating a Platinum award!
What is the Rights Respecting Schools Award?
Please watch this video to find out more about the award.
"The UNICEF UK Rights Respecting Schools Award (RRSA) supports schools across the UK to embed children’s human rights in their ethos and culture. The award recognises achievement in putting the UN Convention on the Right of the Child (UNCRC) at the heart of a school’s practice to improve well-being and help all children realise their potential. The award is based on principles of equality, dignity, respect, non-discrimination and participation. The initiative started in 2006 and schools involved in the Award have reported a positive impact on relationships and well-being, leading to better learning and behaviour, improved academic standards and less bullying.”
What are the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child?
“Rights" are things every child should have or be able to do. All children have the same rights.
These rights are listed in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Almost every country has agreed to these rights.
All the rights are connected to each other, and all are equally important. Sometimes, we have to think about rights in terms of what is the best for children in a situation, and what is critical to life and protection from harm.
As you grow, you have more responsibility to make choices and exercise your rights.
At our school, we have 8 UNICEF ambassadors from Years 5 and 6. They meet weekly to organise upcoming events and work on the school maintaining its Gold Award. The group is called the UNICEF steering group.
In every classroom, we have a UNICEF class charter and display.
As well as individual class charters, reminding children of their rights and how to respect them while they are learning in class, our UNICEF Ambassadors have also designed charters for other key areas around school. These charters aim to promote positive attitudes and behaviours, as well as making sure our RRSA work is prominent throughout the school.
Following on from the success of the class charters which were created at the beginning of the year, the steering group set up playground charters for each playground. Children know that the duty bearers are the adults within the school. Charters help to create a positive class environment and children and adults work together to create them and everyone knows that by signing them the charter is something they have all agreed upon as a class. The Steering group worked with the children on each playground to create the playground charters and introduced them during assembly. They also explained the charters to the lead midday supervisor who then addressed her team.
Ryder's Rights Respecting School Award
Each week, a class is chosen to look after our UNICEF mascot, Ryder, for the week. During this week the class nominate a child from their class to achieve the Unicef award. This child receives a certificate during the achievement assembly for demonstrating some of the rights from the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. An example often used is Article 12 (respect for the views of the child). Every child has the right to express their views, feelings and wishes in all matters affecting them, and to have their views considered and taken seriously. This article is usually demonstrated during our P4C sessions/ PPPB discussions throughout each lesson.
A big well done to everyone who has received the award so far!
Food bank 2022-2023
The steering group have set up a food bank at the front office. We would appreciate any donations, including tins, dried food, pasta, rice, nappies and toiletries.
Half of the donations received will be dropped off at local centres collecting for the people of Ukraine and help will be delivered to families in our local community who need extra support.
We thank you in advance for your generous donations!
Outright Campaign 15th November 2022
This years Outright Campaign focuses on Mental Health. As World Children's Day falls on Saturday 20th November we took part in the Outright Campaign the week beginning 15th Of November. During the week we completed two activities in class.
Activity 1 is based on 'What are Your Rights?'
Activity 2 is based on the right to a healthy life.
Activity 3 is based on what is mental health and well being.
Activity 4 is based on what affects our mental health.
Our steering group wrote a letter to our local MP David Evenett to highlight what we already do in school for well being and what we think the government could do to improve things further for children.
Black History Month 2022
During Black History Month we thought about our own identity and culture and why we are proud of ourselves.
We know that every child has the right to develop their own talents and abilities (Article 29) and the right to practice their own culture and religion (Article 30).
Parliament Week 2021
As part of Parliament week we thought about the issues that are important to us and how we would feel if we did not have a say. We know that in a Rights Respecting School children are treated as equals by their fellow pupils and adults. We know that we can be involved in strategic decision making - The Learning Council helps to give us a voice in school.
THE UNITED NATIONS CONVENTION ON THE RIGHTS OF THE CHILD
– THE CHILDREN’S VERSION