The Rights Respecting School Award (RRSA) is an initiative run by UNICEF UK, which encourages schools to place the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) at the heart of its ethos and curriculum.
The UNCRC enhances pupils’ understanding of the consequences of individual and group actions on the rights of others locally and globally. The articles of the Convention are based on the recognition of every child’s basic needs in order to thrive. The UNCRC therefore sets out a child’s rights to:
On the 20th November 1989 the world made a set of promises for every child on earth. The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child is an international statement of all of those promises.
UNICEF protects and promotes those rights and the Rights Respecting Schools Award seeks to put the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child at the heart of a school’s ethos and culture to make sure that every child is healthy, educated, treated fairly and listened to. They also make sure that all children are protected from violence, abuse and exploitation.
The Award recognises achievement in incorporating the Convention into a school’s planning, policies and practice. A Rights Respecting School (RRS) teaches child rights and models rights and respect in all its relationships, both between pupil and adult and adult to pupil.
In recognition of our commitment to the rights of every child as set out in the UNICEF Convention on the Rights of Every Child, we will apply for RRSA.
In our school we have a steering group, which consists of two children from each class, who are our Rights Respecting Ambassadors. We also have four adults in our Rights Respecting Working Group who are: Dr Craddock (Head Teacher), Mrs Hilton (Year 6 Tutor and RRS Lead), Miss Middleton (Year 5 Tutor and Eco Lead) and Mrs Cope (Year 7 Tutor and Artsmark Lead). The purpose of the steering groups is to meet up regularly to ensure that as a school, we are doing everything we can to both respect children’s rights and celebrate them.
Here are some posters our children created after we announced our journey on becoming a Rights Respecting school to them:
There are many ways that we learn about the rights in school and virtually, these have been through assemblies, our PSHCE programme: JIGSAW and through our wider curriculum.
Recently, we celebrated a virtual Rights Respecting Day and each tutor group was allocated an article to promote.
Every child has the right to an education. Primary education must be free. Secondary education must be available to every child. Discipline in school must respect Children’s dignity. Richer countries must help poorer countries achieve this
Every child has the right to a standard of living that is good enough to meet their physical social and mental needs. Governments must help families who cannot afford to provide this.
Every child has the right to have a say in all matters affecting them, and the have their views taken seriously.
Every child has the right to learn and use the language, customs and religion of their family, regardless of whether these are shared by the majority of the people in the country where they live.
Every child has the right to meet with other children and to join groups and organisations, as long as this does not stop other people from enjoying their rights.
A child with a disability has the right to live a full and decent life with dignity and independence, and to play an active part in the community. Governments must do all they can to provide support to disabled children.
Every child has the right to reliable information from the media. This should be information that children can understand. Governments must help protect children fro materials that could harm them.
Education must develop every child’s personality, talents and abilities to the full. It must encourage the child’s respect for human rights, as well as respect for their parents, their own and other r cultures, and the environment.
Here is some of the work that was produced on the day:
6CW: Article 27: You have the right to a good standard of living
What is a Rights Respecting School? https://unicef.org.uk/rights-respecting-schools/the-rrsa/what-is-a-rights-respecting-school/
‘Kahoots!’, which is a global game and online learning platform that teaches about rights through quizzes and online games. https://create.kahoot.it/pages/ef075eb8-7705-4039-970f-72e225b34ad4?_=1571351715
What are the rights? https://unicef.org/child-rights-convention/convention-text-childrens-version