Rights Respecting School Award
Welcome to our new UNICEF Rights Respecting webpage area where we will be updating you about our journey to becoming a Gold Rights Respecting School.
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 the Child. These rights are based on what a child needs to survive, grow, participate and fulfill their potential. By working within the ‘Rights-Respecting School’ award we aim to help our children grow into confident, caring and responsible young citizens, both in school and within the wider community. Learning about their own rights also means learning about the importance of respecting the rights of others – locally and globally. In school, this means an additional element being highlighted in many lessons and in our worship times.
What is the RRSA?
The Rights Respecting School Award recognises achievement in threading the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) into all aspects of the school’s daily life. It will be found in the planning, policies, practice and goes hand in hand with our Catholic ethos. For our school to receive Gold accreditation, we must evidence that it has reached the standards of a Rights Respecting School. A school uses these standards and other guidance provided to plan and monitor progress.
For more information about the award visit the UNICEF website
There are four key areas of impact for children at a Rights Respecting school; wellbeing, participation, relationships and self-esteem. The difference that a Rights Respecting School makes goes beyond the school gates, making a positive impact on the whole community.
Read our Silver/Level One assessment report here
How are we going to do it?
At Corpus Christi we learn about the articles of the convention in many of our lessons, where we begin to understand how to appreciate and enjoy the rights the Convention has given us. All of this is rooted in our Catholic school ethos and the Gospel values which are at the heart of all we do. Alongside this, every classroom displays a charter that highlights some of the articles that the children feel passionate about. Communal areas of the school also have charters to support how we conduct our behaviour and language in the dining hall, around school and in the playground. Display boards and posters around the corridors and stairs reinforce articles from the Convention too.
Our School Parliament help to lead the way in learning and highlighting our rights throughout school. They encourage the younger children to use the language of Rights and they choose two Rights Champions each week . These are children that they have observed respecting children’s rights throughout the week. In KS! teachers choose children who have displayed awareness of the rights of others and they get to take home our Rights Respecting book and our Rights mascot Riley, a cuddly penguin!
Our teachers and lunchtime staff have stickers that they can award to anyone who is looking after the rights of others around school.
- to accompany another school in the local area as they journey to their Silver award.
- to take part in the UNICEF Outright campaign which supports the struggle for clean air in parts of our world
- to campaign through ‘send my friend to school,’ to support children who struggle to receive education because of the dangerous situations in their countries.
- each class to take on one of the Global goals to raise awareness among the children of ethical and environmental issues.
Look at the Global Goals here
We really hope that you will continue to support us and your child as we proceed on our RRSA journey.
Some of the most important rights in our school are:
I have the right to an education (article 28)
I have the right to relax and play (article 31)
I have the right to clean water (article 24)
I have the right to nutritious food (article 24)
I have the right to privacy (article 16)
I have the right to say what I think should happen when adults are making decisions that affect me
and the right to be heard (article 12)
I have the right to life (Article 6)
I have the right to a name, and to be called by that name.(Article 7)
I have the right to be safe (Article 19).
Please continue to support us as we journey towards Gold.