We are a proud to be UNICEF Rights Respecting School. In March 2017, we achieved the Silver Level and we are working towards Gold! This means that we place the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) at the heart of all we do. A rights respecting school teaches children and young people that they have rights under the UNCRC. 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 their school run.
What could this involve?
- Learning from each other through peer education;
- building positive relationships;
- help to create a school environment where people work together to reduce conflict;
- learning about your 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.
Every class has developed their own charter based on the UNCRC. The School Council ensured that the charters were using the correct format and were presented to a high standard.
Click here to see our class charters.
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