We are Rights Respecting!

We are so proud to have been awarded the Level 1 UNICEF Rights Respecting Schools award.  Congratulations to the whole school on this fabulous achievement! 

What is the RRSA?

‘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 and young people realise their potential.’ – RRSA

We are currently at the ‘Recognition of commitment’ stage of our journey.

The recognition of commitment stage is about showing that the school has a plan in place to become rights-respecting and that children and adults are working together to develop a whole-school rights respecting approach. The school must show that the headteacher and school leaders are committed to becoming a Rights Respecting School.

How does teaching about children's rights fit in with the aims of the school?

The aim of both Rights Respect Responsibilities and the school is to help children in achieving their potential and become responsible citizens. What is taught in our curriculum helps children learn respect for self, others, critical thinking skills, and informed decision-making.

How can parents support what children are learning about the Convention at school?

Take the time to ask your child what he/she has learned recently regarding children’s rights.

Discuss the ideas learned in class, and try to think of examples from your own experiences, or from the media, of rights being respected or denied.

Discuss how your child or your family can promote respect for rights, or help those whose rights have been violated.

Ask your child’s opinion on children’s rights.

As with most things, the learning of rights, respect, and responsibility begins at home. Children often learn what they see and hear. By becoming involved in your child’s learning and showing an interest in who he/she is and what he/she is doing, you help your child to learn.

Chestnut Class explored news around the world, by looking at the CBBC Newsround website, with a focus on how rights are enjoyed or abused around the world today. 
The whole school took part in an 'Article Treasure Hunt' exploring the learning in other classrooms and matching display to the Articles of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Oak (Y6) and Chestnut (Y4) took part in an activity which explored behaviour scenarios in school. The children held group discussions on what rights were being infringed, and gave reasons and evidence for our decisions. 

The whole school took part in an assembly on being a hero. This included an interactive quiz on how to treat and respect each other, as well as discussing what to do when that isn’t happening.