THE AIMS OF THE RIGHTS RESPECTING SCHOOLS AWARD
The Rights Respecting Schools Award puts children’s rights at the heart of schools in the UK.
Unicef works with schools in the UK to create safe and inspiring places to learn, where children are respected, their talents are nurtured and they are able to thrive. Achieving the Rights Respecting Schools Award will mean we have embedded these values in daily school life and given children the best chance to lead happy, healthy lives and to be responsible, active citizens.
Using the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) as our guide, we are working towards developing how we talk about rights. Children can show their understanding of Rights by discussing personal and global matters with the people around them. To help your discussions at home here are some ideas for you to talk about . . .
Team Unicef were created as the Steering Group for the Rights Respecting Schools Award.
Included in our team are some committed adults to help the children raise awareness of local and global issues the children should get involved in knowing, understanding and helping.
As a group we have met to talk about the Convention of the Rights of the Child, put up posters to display the rights and talked to groups of KS1 and Reception children to find out what they have learnt so far.
The children have been really busy working on our class charters. Children have been choosing the children’s rights they think are important for their class and thinking about what they need to do to respect them. These are put on display as a class charter with every child ‘signing’ the charter by adding their name, fingerprint, or photo to say they agree with charted and will respect each other’s rights. They all look amazing! Children and teachers will be using them throughout the year to help support with the behaviour policy and help us to recognise when children may not be getting their rights.