Rights Respecting Schools (RRS)
What is the focus of the Award?
The Award recognises achievement in putting the UN Convention on the Right of the Child (CRC) at the heart of a school’s practice to improve wellbeing and help all children and young people realise their potential.
The Award is based on principles of equality, dignity, respect, non-discrimination and participation- everything we believe in. The initiative started in 2006 and schools involved in the Award have reported a positive impact on relationships and wellbeing, leading to better learning and behaviour, improved academic standards and less bullying. This supports our School in living our own Vision and Values.
We have an elected group of proud Rights Respecting Change-makers informing and facilitating the rights of the children in school and beyond. Our new team for this year 2022-2023 are keen to challenge global injustice, defend, and protect ‘Children’s Rights’ within the local environment and in school.
A Whole School Approach: The teaching and learning through rights
Our journey to become a Rights Respecting School began last September 2021. Creating a safe, inspiring place to learn, children have led events championing their passions and concerns for children all over the world. Living our vision and values in school, to enjoy, engage and excel, encompasses all ‘Children’s Rights’ and places them at the heart of a high quality curriculum. Both adults and children in school understand and breath this ethos together in a shared understanding of “I've got rights, you have rights”. Our children understand that with rights come responsibilities. The positive impact that this creates places kindness at the heart of everything we do. Building a framework around the rights and threading them through the heart of school environment, children have collectively challenged viewpoints and created change by participating in events they feel passionate about. Events have included, campaigning and highlighting change against plastic pollution alongside the ‘Big Plastic Count’. Children celebrated ‘World Children’s Day’ supporting the homeless at Christmas time. Children showed great empathy and were keen to raise money for the people in Ukraine.