The Gold Award Rights Respecting Schools Award
Here at St Thomas More we are happy to say that we have achieved the 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 ambassadors, as they have made this achievement possible!
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 UNICEF ambassadors from Year 3, Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6. They meet weekly to organise upcoming events and work on the school maintaining its Gold Award.
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.
Each term, the UNICEF Ambassadors award a child from each class with a UNICEF certificate 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!
THE UNITED NATIONS CONVENTION ON THE RIGHTS OF THE CHILD
– THE CHILDREN’S VERSION