Rights Respecting School

In 1989, governments worldwide promised all children the same rights by adopting the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). These rights are based on what a child needs to survive, grow, participate and fulfil their potential. They apply equally to every child, regardless of who they are, or where they are from.

UNICEF UK provides support and guidance to Schools who want to adopt the UNCRC and make it part of the school’s ethos. Where schools achieve this they are awarded the Rights Respecting Schools Award (RRSA). The RRSA seeks to put a children’s rights approach at the heart of a school’s culture and ethos to help all children realise their potential.

Not only do the children learn about their rights but also their responsibilities. For example (Article 24 of the UNCRC) states that ‘a child has a right to a clean environment so they can stay healthy’. It is important that children also learn that they have a responsibility help care for their environment including their home as much as they can.

We have already started work in school on the UNCRC and are currently working towards ‘Recognition of Commitment’. Our work has included:-

  • Training Staff and Governors.
  • The students have been learning about different rights and responsibilities in assemblies and lessons.
  • We are also been learning about the UNCRC with Holly, our resident artist, and our new school mascot, Monty Monkey.
  • New displays around school about’ Rights and Responsibilities’
  • Learning our new ‘Monty Monkey’ song about ‘Rights’
  • All students are creating their own books in lots of creative ways
  • Parent and family weekend art workshops
  • Setting up a Steering committee with representatives from the Student Council, Staff, Governors and the Community