The Silver Award Rights Respecting Schools Award

Here at St Thomas More we are happy to say that we have achieved the Silver Level of the Rights Respecting Schools Award in June 2017 after lots of hard work.

The Silver Award is granted by Unicef UK to schools that show good progress towards embedding children’s rights in the school’s policy, practice and ethos, as outlined in our four standards and in our Expected Outcomes at Silver Level.

Well done to all of our pupils, expecially the UNICEF ambassadors, as they have made this achievement possible!

"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.”

Please watch the video below to find out more about the award.

We have UNICEF ambassadors from Year 3, Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6. We meet weekly to organise the upcoming events and work on becoming a rights respecting school.

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.