Rights Respecting Schools Award
From the start of the Autumn term 2017, we have been working towards the UNICEF Rights Respecting School Award. This is a nationally recognised award which supports our current school’s ethos to strengthen the children’s understanding of rights and respect for others. It perfectly aligns with our 5W's mission: Word, Witness, Welfare, Worship & Welcome.
“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. Our Rights Respecting Schools Award embeds these values in daily school life and gives children the best chance to lead happy, healthy lives and to be responsible, active citizens.”
We will be using the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) as our guiding document.
The award is based on the principles of equality, dignity, respect, non-discrimination and participation for all. Schools who have been 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. These are the principles which we already strive towards for our children, and working within the award structure will allow us to recognise the children’s achievements in an explicit way.
We will keep you informed of our activities as always through newsletters, assemblies and exhibitions. In the meantime if you want to find out more about the award you can find information at: https://www.unicef.org.uk/rights-respecting-schools
The Rights Respecting School Award (RRSA) is an initiative run by UNICEF UK, which encourages schools to place the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) at the heart of its ethos and curriculum. A Rights Respecting School not only teaches about children's rights; it also models rights and respect in all its relationships, whether between children or between children and adults. This initiative provides excellent practical ways of living out our Catholic ethos.
St Mary's is proud to have been awarded the first stage of the RRSA and is now working towards the Silver award assessment later in the year.