Rights Respecting School

GOLD Accreditation

Rights Respecting Introduction

Unicef works with schools in the UK to create safe and inspiring places to learn, where children are respected, their talents are nurtured and they are able to thrive. The Rights Respecting Schools Award embeds these values in daily school life and gives children the best chance to lead happy, healthy lives and to be responsible, active citizens with a world view.

The RRSA Gold award is granted by UNICEF UK to schools that have fully embedded children’s rights throughout the school in its policies, practice and ethos, as outlined in the RRSA Strands and Outcomes. We are pleased to have acheived the Gold Level accreditation.

Pupils have a very good knowledge of their different rights and were able to cite a wide range of rights including: the right to a name, to an education, to be heard, to have clean water, to relax and play, to have shelter, to be safe, and the right to have rights. They showed good understanding that rights are universal and unconditional. “They’re yours and can’t be taken away” explained a child.

Pupil Voice is a strength of the school. Children know they are listened to and that their views are respected and valued.

The leadership team have a shared commitment to promote a culture of inclusion and respect for rights. There is a strong ethos based on agreed Learning Values which reflect the principles and values of the UNCRC.

Rights Respecting displays around the school:

THE A B C D E of Rights

A

RIGHTS ARE FOR ALL CHILDREN

B

RIGHTS ARE THERE AT BIRTH

C

RIGHTS CANNOT BE TAKEN AWAY

D

RIGHTS DO NOT HAVE TO BE EARNT

E

ALL RIGHTS ARE EQUALLY IMPORTANT

Suggested books for children to read which link to children’s rights:

  • I Have The Right to Be a Child by Alain Serres, illustrated by Aurélia Fronty
  • How To Look After Your Dinosaur by Jason Cockcroft
  • Kind by Alison Green, illustrated by Axel Scheffler
  • So Much! by Trish Cooke, illustrated by Helen Oxenbury
  • No! by David McPhail
  • There’s a Bear on My Chair by Ross Collins

For Upper KS2 children:

  • The Promise by Nicola Davies, illustrated by Laura Carlin
  • We Are All Born Free by Amnesty International
  • Kick by Mick Johnson