Rights Respecting School (UNICEF)
What is a Rights Respecting School?
We are working in partnership with Unicef on our journey to becoming a Rights Respecting School. Unicef are helping our school staff to talk to children of all ages about the big issues facing the world today, from refugee crisis to climate change.
There are three stages to the Rights Respecting Schools Award. It's transformative and rigorous approach means the journey to the highest stage can take up to four years.
Together, young people and the school community learn about children's rights, putting them into practice every day. The Award is not just about what children do but also, importantly, what adults do. In Rights Respecting Schools, children's rights are promoted and realised, adults and children work towards the goal together.
There are four key areas of impact for children at a Rights Respecting School; wellbeing, participation, relationships and self-esteem. The difference that a Rights Respecting School makes goes beyond the school gates, making a positive impact on the whole community.
Children are healthier and happier
By promoting the values of respect, dignity and non-discrimination, children's self-esteem and wellbeing is boosted and they are less likely to suffer from stress. A child who understands their rights understands how they and others should be treated and their sense of self-worth is strengthened.
Children feel safe
The Rights Respecting Schools Award give children a powerful language to use to express themselves and to challenge the way they are treated. They are also able to challenge injustices for other children. Children and young people are empowered to access information that enables them to make informed decisions about their learning, health and wellbeing.
Children have better relationships
Both with their teachers and their peers, based on mutual respect and the value of everyone's opinion. In a Rights Respecting School, children are treated as equals by their fellow pupils and by the adults in the school. Children and young people are involved in how the Award is implemented in the school but are also involved in strategic decision-making;in decisions about their learning and in views about their wellbeing.
Children become active and involved in school life and the wider world
This builds their confidence to make informed decisions. They have a moral framework, based on equality and respect for all that lasts a lifetime, as they grow into engaged, responsible member of society. Children and adults develop an ethos and language of rights and respect around the school. Rights and principles of the Convention are used to put moral situations into perspective and consider rights-respecting solutions - this all has a huge impact on relationships and well-being. Children and young people get very involved in raising awareness about social justice issues, both at home and abroad. They become ambassadors for rights and take part in campaigns and activities to help bring about change.
Within school, we will be learning about all the rights our children have, including the right to an education, the right to have a name and the right to express their views and feelings. We will also have the opportunity for children to be part of an effective group to make a difference within school, supporting in assemblies and promoting the different rights around school.
If you have any questions about Rights Respecting Schools, please speak to Mrs Murphy in Key Stage One.
Follow these links to help with understanding Rights Respecting Schools and how the community can be involved.