What is a Rights Respecting School
The UNICEF UK Rights Respecting Schools Award (RRSA) is based on principles of equality, dignity, respect, non-discrimination and participation. The RRSA seeks to put the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child at the heart of a school’s ethos and culture to improve well-being and develop every child’s talents and abilities to their full potential.
A rights-respecting school is a community where children’s rights are learned, taught, practised, respected, protected and promoted. Young people and the school community learn about children’s rights by putting them into practice every day.
UNICEF UK Rights Respecting Schools are required to implement four evidence-based standards.
- Rights-respecting values underpin leadership and management.
- The whole school community learns about the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
- The school has a rights-respecting ethos.
- Children are empowered to become active citizens and learners.
Our children created last year their own class charters, incorporating elements of the UN charter for children. Each class talked through their own charter of rights and how these rights also have responsibilities. The charter is agreed in each class and put into practice. Throughout our school and with parents we will create a rights respecting ethos which will add and emphasise the values we already uphold at BP.
The UN charter of children’s rights is in two versions, a summary version and a children’s version, here are both:
Beatrix Potter Primary School is proud to be a Gold Rights ‘Respecting School’. This is the Highest award given to schools by UNICEF, a leading organisation for children and their rights. The UNICEF UK Rights Respecting Schools Award (RRSA) Is based on the principles of equality, dignity, respect, non-discrimination and participation. The RRSA seeks to put the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child at the heart of the school’s ethos and culture to improve well-being and develop every child’s talents and abilities to their full potential. Our school is a community where children’s rights are lived, learned and understood.
You can find out more about the award and work of UNICEF on their website.
The school charter underpins our rights respecting behaviour policy (see policies)
|Rights||Rights Respecting Actions
(We need to:)
|We have the right to feel safe and happy||Look after ourselves and others.
Treat others how we would like to be treated.
|We have the right to a good education||Listen
Always try our best
|We have the right to have our voices heard||Make sure we speak at the right time to the right person.
Listen and respect the views of others.
Help to make the right decisions.
|We have the right to have access to a variety of resources that everyone can use||Look after school property.
Share and respect them .
In addition to the School Charter, each class develops their own Class Charter which sets out the rights respecting actions expected for everybody in the class in order to protect the rights of the people in the class. We have developed playground, assembly, dining hall and digital rights charters so that expectations are clear and consistent.
Our Rights Council is elected annually by the pupils in each class from Year 2 onwards. Pupil voice is strong at Beatrix Potter reflecting every child’s right to have their voice heard. We have a range of councils on which children serve and represent the pupils. All are elected by the classes.
- School/learning Council
- Eco/Travel Ambassadors
- Anti-bullying Ambassadors
- Peer Mentors
We have a school Rights Respecting calendar which focuses on monthly themes and articles to ensure the whole school understands children’s rights. Teachers can use these themes as part of our curriculum intent to ensure that children see the connection and relationship between what they are learning and the values that the school promotes.
Working with The Lunchbowl Charity
Singing Our Rights
Burntwood Pupils came to BP to work with all our children on our Rights Respecting Programme. 48 Pupils split up and worked in class on a variety of tasks they had set for the children. Here a selection of photos of the afternoon, Both Burntwood pupils and our own pupils had a great afternoon. BP Staff were very impressed with the Burntwood girls who area real credit to their school.