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Article 29 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) underlines our vision as a school:

“Education must develop every child’s personality, talents and abilities to the full. It must encourage the child’s respect for human rights, as well as respect for their parents, their own and other cultures, and the environment.”

Middleton has been on the RRSA journey since September 2012 and in July 2013, we achieved Level One of the Rights Respecting Schools Award (RRSA).

The rights and responsibilities we learn at school are drawn from the Articles of the United Nation Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC).

The CRC is the most complete statement of children’s rights ever produced and is the most widely-ratified international human rights treaty in history. It enshrines specific child rights in international law, defining universal principles and standards for the status and treatment of children worldwide. We refer to the articles in child speak to ensure the children understand the meaning of the articles. To find out more about the UNCRC please visit this website: http://www.unicef.org.uk/

A Rights Respecting School is a community where children’s rights are learned, taught, practised, respected, protected and promoted.

What is the RRSA?

The Rights Respecting School Award focus on making sure that the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) is known and understood by all students, and that students fully understand their own responsibilities in making sure that other people’s rights are not denied or neglected.

Young people and the school community learn about children’s rights by putting them into practice every day. The Rights Respecting School Award (RRSA) is based on the principles of dignity, equality, respect, non-discrimination and participation. The RRSA seeks to put the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child at the heart of a schools ethos and culture in order to improve well-being and develop every child’s talents and abilities to their full potential.

The RRSA recognises our achievement in putting the Convention on the Rights of the Child at the heart of our planning, policies, practice and ethos. By taking these steps, we are helping improve well-being and develop every child’s talents and abilities to their potential. A rights respecting school not only teaches about children’s rights but also models rights and respect in all its relationships.

Children take on leadership roles within the school and play a full and active part in the decision making processes that help to improve the education provided by the school.

Each class room has a Classroom Charter agreed upon by children and teachers. Each Charter uses the vocabulary of RRSA and focuses on the rights and responsibilities of the children and adults in the class. This helps to promote a more positive environment where children are more aware and respectful of the needs of the children and adults around them. Each Charter underpins all of our policies and practices in ensuring a rights respecting school community.

RRSA Steering Group

Mrs Khalique has set up a RRSA Steering Group which brings together teaching staff, pupils and parents with the aim to raise awareness of the RRSA within the school. They meet once a week to discuss key ideas. Our first aim in the Rights Respecting Steering Group is to inform all students, staff and parents about “Rights and Responsibilities”. Secondly we are promoting decisions based on “Rights and Responsibilities” across the whole school. By working through the RRSA we believe that the impact of this is an overall improvement in achievement, attendance and behaviour.

If you would like to join this group as a pupil or parent contact Mrs Khalique.

Article 29 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) underlines our vision as a school:

“Education must develop every child’s personality, talents and abilities to the full. It must encourage the child’s respect for human rights, as well as respect for their parents, their own and other cultures, and the environment.”

Our rights respecting school is one where:

  • young people gain self-esteem by learning about the rights they have from birth and build from there;
  • children learn the difference between wants and needs;
  • young people learn that rights bring responsibilities for adults and children;
  • everyone learns to use the language of rights, respect and responsibility;
  • adults and young people model rights-respecting behaviour and language;
  • children become active global citizens

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF BECOMING A RIGHTS-RESPECTING SCHOOL?

  1. Improvements in children’s well-being
  2. A values framework giving greater coherence to school improvement strategies
  3. School community cohesion through shared values

If you would like to know more about the Rights Respecting School Award and the work of UNICEF click here or the Unicef logo below:

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