Rights Respecting School Award
What is the Rights Respecting Schools Award (RRSA)?
‘Every child rights whatever their ethnicity, gender, religion, language, abilities or any other status.’
The RRSA is based around the United Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) written by UNICEF in 1989. This is a document agreed by almost all of the countries around the world that helps to protect children. It is about the rights that all children should have and that should be respected.
As a school community we have been working together to promote the UNCRC in all that we do and have place this at the centre of our everyday practise in school. Working towards the award has helped us to focus and celebrate teaching and learning that encourages respect for ourselves and others.
There are four key areas of impact for children in Rights Respecting Schools; wellbeing, participation, relationships and self-esteem. The children are reported to be healthier and happier, to feel safe in school, have better relationships with their peers and teachers based on mutual respect and become actively involved in school life and the wider school community.
Our Rights Respecting Journey
We first began our journey in November 2015 and we were awarded the recognition of Commitment now called ‘Bronze – Rights Committed’ award. We then worked hard to embed the UNCRC into everything that we do at Glenbervie and put children’s rights at the heart of our curriculum. We were delighted to be awarded our Level 1- now called ‘Silver – Rights Aware’ award in June 2016.
As a school community, our next step was to work towards achieving the ‘Gold – Rights Respecting’ award.
This means that we show:
– how the school has explicitly adopted a child rights approach based on the UNCRC and has embedded it in school policy, practice and culture
– how children and adults in school have a thorough understanding of child rights and that rights respecting attitudes and language are embedded across the school
– how the Rights Respecting Schools Award has had a postive impact on children’s learning and wellbeing
– how students see themselves as rights respecting global citizens and are advocates for social justice, fairness and children’s rights.
We received this award in May 2022, with an excellent report. We are now continuing our journey to maintain being a GOLD RRS School.
During our transition days or at the start of each term, each class look at the UNCRC and choose rights to focus on for that academic year. Links to these rights are made continually throughout the year and the charter is updated when new links are made. It is also clear on each classes charter the roles of the rights holder and they understand the role of duty bearers to ensure these rights are accessed and enjoyed in the classroom.
Our school expectations – ‘Respectful,Responsible Safe’ echo the same key messages that we hope to instill in all of our children at Glenbervie and are placed at the centre of all of our class charters.
After much hard work and a very successful assessment day the staff and pupils of Glenbervie have received their Level 1 RRS Award.The RRS group now plan to continue with this and look at the next steps to Level 2.
Glenbervie receives RRS Recognition of Commitment
The Pupils and staff have been working hard on Unicef’s Rights Respecting Schools Award which is used to embed children’s rights into the ethos and culture of the school. In November the school received their Recognition of Commitment which recognises that Glenbervie is putting the UN Convention on the Rights of the child at the heart of our practice. The school are helping all children to improve their well-being and realise their potential. Well done to all Involved!