As a school, we have worked towards achieving
Unicef UK's 'Rights Respecting Schools Award' (RRSA).
What is the 'Rights Respecting Schools Award'?
The 'Rights Respecting Schools Award' is based on principles of equality, dignity, respect and non-discrimination. It seeks to put the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) at the heart of a school’s ethos and culture. A Rights Respecting School is a community where children’s rights are learned, taught, practised, respected, protected and promoted. Children learn about their rights by putting them into practise every day.
A quick guide to Unicef UK's Rights Respecting Schools Award (RRSA) is available below.
What is the 'United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child'?
In 1989, governments across the world promised all children the same rights by adopting the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. The Convention says what countries must do so that all children grow as healthy as possible, can learn at school, are protected, have their views listened to and are treated fairly.
A child-friendly summary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) is available below. There are 42 'Articles' or 'Rights' in the summary and we will be focusing on teaching, practising, protecting and promoting these rights within our school.
We have received confirmation this week that we have achieved our Level 1 Rights Respecting Schools Award! Our new logo will now be present on our school letters and our new certificate will be displayed on our RRSA display in our school foyer.
We have received confirmation this week that we have achieved our 'Recognition of Commitment' Award as part of the RRSA! The RRSA logo will now be present on our school letters and our certificate will be displayed on our RRSA display in our school foyer.
Our 'Rights Respecting School Steering Group'
As part of the RRSA, we had to set up a 'Steering Group' to help the school achieve the award. Our steering group is made up of two pupils from each class, members of staff and the senior leadership team, a school governor and a member of the community.
Our school steering group meets in school every fortnight. We meet to discuss a variety of things such as upcoming events, fundraising opportunities and how we are implementing our Level 1 Action Plan.
Each class has created their own 'Class Charter' which outlines the rights and responsibilities of the pupils in each class. These charters are reviewed regularly and are signed by the pupils in each class to show their commitment to following them.
Our class charters and photos of these are shown below.
Our steering group has created a 'Visitor Charter' which is on display in the entrance to our school. This outlines the responsibilities of visitors to the school and is linked to the children's rights.
As well as a visitor charter, our steering group created a playground charter and a hall charter. Our school also has an 'Out and About' Charter for when pupils and adults are using the school grounds.
Our school charters and photos of these can be viewed below.
Our school charters do not only apply to pupils and staff. Our Steering Group also created a Chicken Charter which outlines the rights of our school chickens!
The chicken charter is in place on the chicken house on our school grounds.
As part of 'World Book Day' this year, our RRSA steering group organised a book swap for the whole school. Children in every class could bring in a book they no longer wished to keep and could swap it for another book which had been donated. This was a perfect activity to take place on 'World Book Day' to encourage a love of reading and promote the idea of recycling books for someone else to enjoy. A big thank you to our steering group for doing such a great job organising the event.
Rights Respecting Schools Award at St Stephens
The PowerPoint below outlines some of the ways in which we have implemented a Rights Respecting Approach across our school.