We’re proud to be a Rights-Respecting School!
Middleton is incredibly proud to be a Rights Respecting School. We are a school where grown-ups listen to children, where our children have a voice and are treated with respect at all times. We are a diverse school where different cultures are celebrated and we are proud to educate children as global citizens who show care and concern for each other.
The children’s rights we learn at school are based on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). The rights are based on the principles of equality, dignity, respect, non-discrimination and participation.
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 journey to become a Gold Standard Rights-Respecting School began in September 2012. We achieved our Level One recognition by July 2013 and in December 2015 we became the proud recipients of the Level Two – Gold Standard Award, the highest accolade granted by Unicef. Since then we have continued to promote, practice and champion children’s rights every day.
We warmly welcome new members to our RRSA Champions Group and the involvement of parents who can support this work. To get involved, just contact the school office.
How we create a Rights-Respecting culture in school
- We ensure that students and staff know and understand what their rights are, and understand the importance of making sure that other people’s rights are not denied or neglected.
- We place children’s rights at the heart of our planning, policies, practice and ethos, and that includes modelling rights-respecting language and behaviour.
- Each class creates their own Charter, which sets out how they will create a positive learning environment and understand the importance of respect, kindness and acceptance. Each Charter underpins all of our policies and practices in ensuring a rights respecting school community.
- Children are encouraged to take on leadership roles within the school and play a full and active part in decision making processes that help to improve the education provided by the school.
- Our RRSA Bear travels around school giving children the opportunity to explore one of the rights in more depth.
- School events and activities such as International Week, special assemblies, arts projects and fundraisers give children an opportunity to learn about global issues, feel part of the Rights-Respecting culture in school and make a real difference.
- We promote children’s rights beyond the school with information to parents, the wider community and links with our local University.
Our RRSA Champions meet every week with the RRSA Staff Champions to discuss ideas and work on different projects that will help promote children’s rights within the school and beyond.
The impact of being a Rights-Respecting School
We believe that the impact of our Rights-Respecting work in school has helped foster strong relationships, improve children’s understanding of the world and the given them the knowledge that their ideas and actions can make a difference. When children feel heard, empowered and engaged, we see a positive impact on achievement, attendance and behaviour.
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: