We have committed ourselves to achieving Silver level of the The Rights Respecting Schools Award.
The Award is a Unicef UK programme that aims to put children’s rights at the heart of schools in the UK.
The charity works with thousands of schools across the country to embed children’s rights in their ethos and culture to improve well-being and develop every child’s talents and abilities to their full potential. The Award recognises a school’s achievement in putting the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC or UNCRC) into practice within the school and beyond. We have already received our Bronze - Rights Committed Award.
We have rights displays in school, and rights assemblies have been held, including one about how rights fit into the behaviour policy. Children are aware that alongside rights, they have responsibilities too!
To achieve the Level 1 award, the school is focussing on embedding the articles from the Convention into the curriculum.
A group of ‘Rights Ambassadors’ consisting of children across the school has been formed, which will ensure that every child in the school is given a voice through the ambassadors. Other members of the group include a parent governor, Mrs Hopper, the school nurse, Mrs Revans and teaching assistants, Mrs Longland and Miss Sparks. Mrs Hassan will be leading the group.
We have completed questionnaires about rights with the staff and pupils as a starting point to see what our current understanding is about the United National Convention for the Rights of a Child.