Rights Respecting School
Gold: Rights Respecting is the highest stage of the Rights Respecting Schools Award (after Bronze: Rights Committed and Silver: Rights Aware). It is granted by UNICEF UK to schools that have fully embedded children’s rights throughout the school in its policies, practice and ethos, as outlined in the three RRSA Strands. UNICEF
The Rights Respecting Steering Group is delighted to announce that we have been awarded the Gold Award as a Rights Respecting School. We were assessed at the end of the summer term by two UNICEF ambassadors. Gold is the highest level of the award and it is awarded to schools who are able to fully evidence the points below.
- Embed the rights of the child into school policy.
- Everyone must understand the rights that they and others have.
- RRSA has a positive impact on learning and wellbeing.
- Students should see themselves as Rights Respecting Ambassadors.
The Rights Respecting Steering Group meets on a weekly basis and our aim is to encourage all members of the school community to be kind, thoughtful and proactive global citizens. Below are some examples of the initiatives we have worked on during the past three years.
- Each month we have an Article of the Month. The articles are taken from the UN convention on the Rights of the Child.
An example of the Article of the Month is below.
Article 24—Every child has the right to the best possible health. Governments must work to provide good quality health care, clean water, nutritious food and a clean environment so that children can stay healthy. Richer countries must help poorer countries achieve this.
- Assemblies are linked to the article of the month.
- Rights Respecting activities are delivered during form time. These include topics such as sustainable development, fighting against racism and discrimination, FGM and promoting kindness.
- Science, History and Languages have delivered Rights Respecting starters in lessons.
- We fundraise for UNICEF, Young Minds and many more charities.
- We lead environmental campaigns. We created banners to encourage students to walk to school and to stay safe on the school lane.