The Rights Respecting School Award (RRSA) is an initiative run by UNICEF UK, which encourages schools to place the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child at the heart of its ethos and curriculum.
At Crowmoor we are continuing to build an environment which nurtures our children’s talents, keeps them safe, helps them thrive, enriches their learning and help children become active and involved in school life and the wider world.
Children in Beech Class spotted the rights that are up in their class
We achieved the silver award in September 2017 and are now going for Gold.
Being a Rights Respecting School means that we teach our children how to be upstanding, considerate and thoughtful citizens. They learn about their own rights as children, as well as of those around them, and how their actions and choices can have an impact on their friends, school and even the world around them.
Children’s Rights are embedded it into their learning, attitudes and everyday discussions
Each class has its own ‘Class Charter’ to remind us of these rights while we are in class and there are two representatives to act as spokespeople for any ideas or issues they have.
Chestnut Class created their Class Charter together
The rights of the child are displayed on each board and throughout the school to keep the school united in its Rights Respecting ethos. We look at a specific right each week that links to our values. This right is discussed in class, assembly and is on our newsletter.
Children understand that their rights are inherent, universal, unconditional, inalienable and indivisible. Here is a short summary of what these words mean:
- Inherent – Rights are inherent meaning they are yours because you are born a human.
- Indivisible – Rights are indivisible meaning no right is more important than another one. They are equal and linked.
- Inalienable – Rights are inalienable meaning you cannot give them away or sell them and no one can take them away from you.
- Universal – Rights are universal meaning they are for all children (under 18), everywhere, all the time.
- Unconditional – Rights are unconditional meaning they are not a reward and not dependent on a responsibility or performing an action to get them.
UNICEF has shown that when children are taught about their rights under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, they are more respectful of the rights of others.
- 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.
All adults (parents, teachers or the government) are known as Duty Bearers. It is our responsibility to make children aware of their rights and to act if their rights are not being met.