At Whitehouse, we are a Rights Respecting School and are proud to say that we have successfully achieved Level 1 of the Award in March 2017.
We feel that it is important for all children to be aware of their own and other children’s rights across the world, understanding the responsibilities that everyone holds as part of a rights respecting community locally, nationally and globally.
This award is supported by UNICEF who feel that it is important to:
‘Create safe and inspiring places to learn, where children are respected, their talents 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 have worked collectively as a school to embed RRSA into our everyday routines and put together a group of ‘RRSA Champions’ from across the school to create a steering group. They provide the pupil voice for the rest of the school; holding meetings, sharing ideas and working together to develop awareness for rights respecting.
As a school, we are dedicated to preparing young people to be outstanding global citizens who demonstrate a committed attitude and respect the world in which they live in.
Our hard work so far has included…
- Electing RRSA champions from each class to represent their peers within the RRSA steering group.
- Creating class charters which have been developed individually by each class to reflect the convention and the articles they believe to be important to them.
- Designed our own RRSA logo to go on display around school.
- Every Thursday assemblies are held in KS1 and KS2 to reflect particular articles from the convention that are relevant at that time. Class assemblies are also themed to echo the rights held in the convention and highlight to pupils and parents the importance of RRSA.
- Integrating talk about Rights Respecting into all areas of school life.
How can adults support their child to learn about the Convention at home?
- Take the time to ask your child what he/she has learnt recently regarding children’s rights and how they may show respect for those rights.
- Discuss the ideas learned in class, and try to think of examples from your own experiences, or from the media, of rights being respected or denied.
- Discuss how your child or your family can promote respect for rights, or help those whose rights have been violated.
- Model using rights respecting language with your children e.g. please respect my right to be heard.
- Ask your child’s opinion on children’s rights
At Whitehouse, we believe that learning about rights is hugely important as UNICEF has shown that when children are taught about their rights under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, they are more respectful of the rights of others.
Our staff and children are extremely enthusiastic about the project and we continue to promote the rights of children locally, nationally and globally whilst striving to achieve the level 2 RRSA award.
The RRSA steering group meets every term with Miss Skeen to discuss new ideas on how to promote the rights of the child within school, the local area, nationally and globally.
To coincide with our Rights respecting work, we are also integrating opportunities for teaching and learning about Global developments and issues.
The aim of this work is to equip our pupils with the knowledge, skills, values and attitudes that they need to make a positive contribution to a globalised world.