UNICEF - Rights Respecting School
Rights Respecting School Award
The UN Convention of the Rights of the Child is the most widely ratified human rights treaty in history. It was adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1989 and ratified by the UK in 1991.
The Convention has 54 Articles. Articles 43 -54 are about how adults and governments must work together to make sure all children get their rights. See unicef.org.uk
The school began to consider the Rights Respecting School Award in January 2016.
All school staff and members of the governing body attended a one day training event led by one of UNICEF’s national training staff.
We learnt about the Conventions of the Rights of the Child and how we might raise the profile of this with the pupils and families of Buntingsdale as well as within the wider community.
Comments from the training day
I have enjoyed today’s training. It explained the role of UNICEF well both in the UK and the wider world
Enjoyed and learnt a lot - very informative
relevance to school is now clear
a good step forward for the school
Learned more about specific Articles in the UN Convention and how I might relate this to work in school
It drew my attention to how the world can be changed in small ways and over time
Focusing on the Rights pf the Child is gradually being added our curriculum topics within different year groups.
Working within the RRSA further develops global learning themes and approaches to learning that are already part of our way of working at Buntingsdale.
Through an action group we have now completed an audit and the governing body made a formal commitment to working towards gaining the Award on the 16th June 2016.
What difference will it make?
We should see evidence of:
- the Rights of the Child Articles referred to in teachers’ planning
- including links to global learning
- children learning about the Rights of the Child during class based and whole school activities
- the Rights of the Child being referenced in displays and working walls around the school
- pupils and adults being able to give examples of the Articles
- pupils and adults referring to the Articles with respect to promoting a positive environment within the school including behaviour management
- pupils and adults are more aware of the links between the Rights of the Child and how these relate to our school Value of the month, to British Values and to themselves as informed, involved and active global citizens
- pupils and adults more aware of how implementing the Rights of the Child can support bigger issues such as the reduction of global poverty
- how charitable school fund raising can link to the Rights of the Child in either a local, national or international context
- the Rights of the Child referenced as is appropriate within the development of school policies