Rights Respecting School Award
As part of our school ethos of “Respect For All” we are working towards recognition as a Rights Respecting School which is an award given to schools on behalf of UNICEF. UNICEF is the world’s leading organisation working for children and their rights.
In 1989 Governments worldwide promised all children the same rights by adopting the UN Convention on the Rights of a Child. These rights are based on what a child needs to survive, grow and fulfil their potential. The Rights Respecting School Award (RRSA) helps pupils to grow into confident, caring and responsible young citizens both in school and within the wider community. By learning about their rights they also learn about the importance of respecting the rights of others. Pupils will be encouraged to reflect on how their behaviours and actions impact on others around them and their rights.
We have been working for over 12 months towards the award with lessons for all classes about the UN convention on Rights and a range of assemblies to discuss these and the school award. Parents have been informed of our intentions and a copy of the Rights of a Child have been sent home to every family. We have a steering group consisting of pupils from across the school, the Head Teacher, a member of staff (Mrs Lane) and 2 Governors and together we have devised our action plans. In July 2017 we were delighted to receive our “Recognition of Commitment” (ROC-Bronze level) from UNICEF RRSA and in June 2018 we were assessed for the Silver level of the award and achieved thisIn September 2018 each class will be creating a class charter and a whole school display about the Rights will continue to be developed in a central area. The RRSA is central to our school improvement and our ethos of “Respect For All”. Mrs Lane is our RRSA coordinator and she along with Mrs Webster-Smith will be leading further developments as we work towards becoming a Gold school.
The below video was produced by John in Year 5 for Unicef's clean air campaign.
Any further information may be found at www.unicef.org.uk/rrsa
Click here to view a presentation created by students at Uplands Junior School.