Rights Respecting School Award
Kerr Mackie Primary School aims to be a school where every aspect of a child is focused on and developed, including the area of wellbeing. As part of our school’s aims to promote a happy and successful school, we have just been awarded UNICEF SILVER Rights Award. This is an award which is given to schools on behalf of UNICEF.
UNICEF is the world’s leading organisation working for children and their rights. In 1989, governments worldwide promised all children the same rights by adopting the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) These rights are based on what a child needs to survive, grow, participate and fulfil their potential. The ‘Rights Respecting School’ award (RRSA) will help our pupils to grow into confident, caring and responsible young citizens both in school and within the wider community. By learning about their rights our pupils, also learn about the importance of respecting the rights of others i.e. their responsibilities.
Over the next year we plan to work on achieving our GOLD award and make our work on rights an integral part of daily school life.
Our external assessor says
“Congratulations to all the young people and adults concerned at Kerr Mackie Primary on achieving a Recognition of Commitment. The progress the school has made since registering looks fantastic, well done.”
We have achieved RRSA Level One!
- Standard A: Rights Respecting values underpin the leadership and management of the school
- Standard B: The whole school community learns about CRC
- Standard C: The school has a Rights Respecting Ethos
- Standard D: Children are taught to become active listeners and learners
What impact does it have?
On the school
- RRSA is not an initiative, but instead provides an overarching set of values that improve the climate for learning and within which other initiatives can sit
- A deeper and more cohesive way of working
- Improved relationships with pupils and a reduced hierarchical divide between staff and pupils, due to a common rights-respecting language
- Improved self-esteem and feelings of being valued and listened to
- Increased levels of respect for each other, leading to improved relationships with other pupils and with staff
- A sense of security as rights-respecting language and behaviour is used consistently throughout the school
- Improved attainment and attendance, and a reduction in exclusions
- An understanding and respect of religions, cultures, beliefs and abilities different to their own
- A wider and deeper understanding of the world in which they live
- Strengthened collaborative working
- Increased consultative approach with other adults and pupils
- A sense of ownership in developing an approach that meets the needs and aspirations of the school as a whole
- A sense that the whole school is working towards a common goal, leading to feelings of empowerment for both staff and pupils
- A platform is developed for parental engagement and discussion
There is a steering group which meet monthly to discuss how we can develop the RRSA throughout school. Many groups are represented in our steering group: pupils, staff, parents, governors and the RRSA leader from our partner school.
So far we have the following ideas in place:
- Display in the hall
- Assemblies link to articles from the CRC
- Many school policies have been linked to the CRC
- Article of the week is played in every classroom and around school
- Articles are displayed around school
The group had so many great ideas! We aim to run workshops, competitions, awareness in our community, a film for the website and a presentation to governors.
How can parents 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 responsibilities
- 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 and responsibility language with your children
- Ask your child’s opinion on children’s rights
How can I find out more?
- Find out more by keeping an eye on our twitter feed @KerrMackieP
- Read our RRSA updates in the school newsletter
- Ask your child about RRSA and the article of the week can they tell you about it?
If you would like more information about the work of UNICEF or a Rights Respecting School then please visit: www.unicef.org.uk/rrsa.
UNICEF Champions 2018
Building on the success of our RRSA Silver Award, we are now GOING FOR GOLD -our Gold RRSA assessment day is already booked in for November 2019. This team of school UNICEF Champions is going to help us to achieve Gold which would make us only the third Primary School in Yorkshire to have this accolade!
Our first exciting project is presenting to the whole year group of undergraduate teaching students based at Trinity and All Saints University, Horsforth, in early December. Our UNICEF Champions will prepare a presentation and activities to share how we feel about RRSA.
Throughout the year, we will be working through our Gold Action Plan and will update you on our progress. In the meantime, ask your child what their Birthday Right is – pupils in Y2 upwards should be able to tell you what that means!
Congratulations to our UNICEF Champions – I look forward to working with you towards the Gold Award!