What is the Rights Respecting School Award?
The UNICEF Rights Respecting School Award (RRSA) supports schools across the UK to embed children’s human rights in their ethos and culture. The award recognises achievement in putting the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) at the heart of a school’s practice to improve well-being and help all children realise their potential.
The award is based on principles of equality, dignity, respect, non-discrimination and participation.
RRSA at Barley Mow Primary School
We are at the start of our journey to become a Rights Respecting School. We have recently set up our steering group which involves children, staff and members of our community. Our steering group will be partaking in an audit which will help us create an action plan to achieve our goals. Over the next term, our Rights Respecting ambassadors will be involved in educating our school community about the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. The children will learn about their rights and about the importance of respecting the rights of others. Mrs Raine will work with members of staff to educate them about our rights.
The children will learn about their rights through assemblies and the curriculum. They will also take part in annual themed weeks such as Respect Week which takes place every November and help raise funds for UNICEF as this is our charity of the year. Our target is to receive the Recognition of Commitment from Unicef by Easter.
We will be assessed against the following standards:
- Standard A: Rights-respecting values underpin leadership and management
- Standard B: The whole school community learns about the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.
- Standard C: The school has a rights-respecting ethos.
- Standard D: Children are empowered to become active citizens and learners.