Rights Respecting School
We are currently working through the ideas involved in becoming a ‘Rights Respecting School’. We have been awarded the Bronze: Rights Committed for being a Rights Respecting School. This means that we are working hard to embed the UNICEF Children’s Rights in our school. This is a big achievement for schools and we look forward to now working towards the next level of Silver. Our report on the award is very encouraging as it states that ‘It’s clear from your Action Plan that you’ve already completed many steps towards Silver and, if progress is maintained, you should aim for a Silver accreditation visit during the Autumn term.’
Thank you to everyone who is working hard to ensure that we are putting Children’s Rights at the heart of our school.
UNICEF is the world’s leading organisation for children and their rights
In 1989, governments across the world promised all children the same rights by adopting the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. The basic needs that should be met so children and young people grow up to reach their full potential are enshrined in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
The rights are international law.
Most of the countries in the world have signed to make this domestic law in their country.
These rights describe what a child needs to survive, grow, and live up to their potential in the world. They apply equally to every child, no matter who they are or where they come from. All children have rights, even those affected by conflict or emergencies.
There are 54 articles, or rights, in the convention.
We have the rights embedded in our practice through many means such as
- Our School Improvement Plan
- Having regular Steering Group meetings
- During our assemblies
- During our lessons
- Through our PSHE curriculum
- With our displays
- On the School website
- Through regular monitoring
- Having Global links – charities
- Informing parents
- As part of our Behaviour plan
- Class Charters
- Achieving the Young Carers award
- Supported by our Restorative Approach
For more information on the Rights Respecting Award, visit the UNICEF website.
This also fits in with two other developments that we are currently looking. We have had training for our Young Carer’s within school and also we are investigating using a programme that uses Restorative Approaches in school. Restorative approaches works with young people to develop skills to resolve conflicts.
The aim of the restorative approach is to develop our community and to manage conflict and tension by repairing harm and building relationships.
This is shown in our restorative school values which are:
- Respect – we value, support and empathise with each other
- Responsibility – we are responsible our own actions
- Reparation – we try to put things right and display the value of forgiveness.
- Reintegration – we can always make a fresh start
For effective teaching and learning to take place, we believe that there should be good relationships within the school. The restorative approach puts repairing harm done to relationships at the heart of the school. This allows us to build, nurture and repair relationships.
For more details, please see the information in this newsletter.
Support for our Young Carers is a very important part of our community. We are very pleased to have received the charter mark for Young Carers’ – please see the report below.
We will update this as both programmes develop.