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Rights Respecting Schools Award

As a Rights Respecting School we promote children’s rights and put them at the heart of our schools’ practice and ethos.  Our curriculum embeds the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child wherever possible helping all pupils to realise their potential and be the best that they can be.  We aim to equip children with the information skills and confidence to become aware of the links between the local and the global and to enable them to become active global citizens.  This involves challenging and supporting children to become critical thinkers, developing independent learning skills and learning about their rights and how to respect them.

The children and staff see the importance of rights and understand that they are central to making our school a wonderful place to learn and grow.  A rights respecting school teaches children and young people that they have rights under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. From this starting point they also learn to respect others rights in all relationships in the community.

The ethos created demonstrates to children the inclusiveness of a rights-respecting school and paves the way to participation in the life of the community. This in turn helps them to learn how to formulate, express and listen to opinions, helping to raise their achievement. This nationwide award scheme promotes the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child as the basis for enhancing teaching, learning, ethos, attitudes and behaviour.

Active child participation is a key characteristic of the award. Being involved in the Rights Respecting School Award [RRSA] means your child can be more involved in decisions about how school is run.

This could involve;

  • Learning from each other through peer education;
  • Building positive relationships;
  • Helping to create a school environment where people work together to reduce conflict;
  • Learning about rights and those of young people all around the world;
  • Developing understanding about social justice and sustainable living;
  • Learning to speak and act for the rights of all to be respected locally and globally.

All around the world children are being denied access to basic things like healthcare, education and safe water to drink. Working towards this Rights Respecting school awards will make our children more aware of their rights within the local community and the wider world. Looking at global aspects will make them realise that other people don’t always have the same benefits that they do.

 

To find out more about this award scheme, visit the rights respecting website. www.unicef.org.uk.

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