We have achieved the first stage of the Rights Respecting School Award which is our
Recognition of Achievement.
The Unicef UK Rights Respecting School Award (RRSA) is based on principles of equality, dignity, respect, non-discrimination and participation. The RRSA seeks to put the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child at the heart of a school’s ethos and culture to improve well-being and develop every child’s talents and abilities to their full potential.
A Rights Respecting School is a community where children’s rights are learned, taught, practised, respected, protected and promoted. Young people and the school community learn about children’s rights by putting them into practice every day. We work to promote a child rights-based approach and to share good practice in improving outcomes for children and young people.
Rights respecting schools have children at the core of what they are doing, they work so that every child’s experience is a good one, no one is left behind.
■ RRSA is not an initiative, but instead provides an overarching set of values that improve the climate for learning and within which other initiatives can sit
■ A deeper and more cohesive way of working
■ Improved relationships with pupils and a reduced hierarchical divide between staff and pupils, due to a common rights-respecting language.
■ Improved self-esteem and feelings of being valued and listened to
■ Increased levels of respect for each other, leading to improved relationships with other pupils and with staff
■ A sense of security as rights-respecting language and behaviour is used consistently throughout the school
■ Improved attainment and attendance, and a reduction in exclusions
■ An understanding and respect of religions, cultures, beliefs and abilities different to their own
■ A wider and deeper understanding of the world in which they live.
■ Strengthened collaborative working
■ Increased consultative approach with other adults and pupils
■ A sense of ownership in developing an approach that meets the needs and aspirations of the school as a whole
■ A sense that the whole school is working towards a common goal, leading to feelings of empowerment for both staff and pupils
■ A platform is developed for parental engagement and discussion.
Unicef is the world’s leading organisation working to keep children safe. Every child, no matter who they are or where they live, has the right to grow up safe, happy and healthy. Unicef UK raises funds for Unicef’s emergency and development work around the world and advocates for lasting change for children worldwide. This includes working to change government policies and practices that restrict child rights in the UK and internationally.
Unicef is a UK registered charity, supported entirely by voluntary donations. It does not receive any money from the UN. For more information, please visit www.unicef.org.uk.