We have successfully achieved the Silver: Rights Aware award for our rights-respecting work.
What is the Rights Respecting Schools Award?
The Unicef UK Rights Respecting Schools 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 Right 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. The initiative started in 2006 and schools involved in the Award have reported a positive impact on relationships and well-being, leading to better learning and behaviour, improved academic standards and less bullying.
What does the Award involve?
Schools involved in the Rights Respecting Schools Award work towards recognition that they have embedded children’s rights in their school’s practice and ethos. Schools are required to implement four evidence-based standards that cover the leadership of the school, knowledge and understanding of children’s rights, ethos and relationships and the empowerment of children.
There are three levels to the Award:
The journey to Silver Level 1 can take 6 — 12 months and we are currently working towards this award at Downderry Primary School.
Some typical ways of using Rights Respecting language at home
A message about Rights Respecting School from our Head Pupils.
We are working towards a Rights Respecting School Award. This means creating a safe & fun school, where our rights are respected, our talents allowed to grow, and where we are encouraged to be the best we can be.So far not all children know most of their rights. This year we hope to change this by working with the teachers and children to explain how important it is to have our rights and what they are! We will brush up on it in assemblies!Children at Downderry strongly agree that they can influence decisions. We do this regularly through our school council and the work we do as Head pupils. Children feel safe at school and could tell an adult if they felt unsafe.At the moment children are least confident in helping to do things globally. We do things already such as sponsoring a child to school in South Africa and through our many charity events. Children in Need is coming up on Friday 17th November! We will look at this more in School Council.
By Bishman & Rummana