Respecting Rights School Award - UNICEF
2015 is the year that Featherstone Primary School sets out on the road towards earning the Rights Respecting Schools Award (RRSA), as defined by UNICEF and in accordance with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
The Rights Respecting Schools Award (RRSA) is given in recognition of the school putting the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) at the heart of a school’s planning, policies, practice and ethos. A school that achieves the award doesn’t only teach about the rights of children but it also models rights and respect in all relationships in school, such as between teachers and pupils, between staff themselves and also between the students.
The award will have a wide array of positive implications for the school and for the staff and students within it. Amongst the impacts will be:
- Improved self-esteem and wellbeing;
- Improved behaviour and relationships (reductions in bullying and exclusions, and improved attendance);
- A more positive attitude towards diversity.
For more information on the award visit Unicef’s website at www.unicef.org.uk/rrsa and for information on Featherstone’s progress towards accreditation check for updates on the school website.
To be accredited as rights-respecting, a school has to display evidence that it has attained all four of the standards:
- Rights-respecting values underpin leadership and management;
- The whole-school community learns about the Convention;
- There is a rights-respecting ethos;
- Children are empowered to become active citizens and learners.
To achieve the award, the school has to complete three distinct levels and has to adhere to the guidelines listed below (as taken from the RRSA website).
Recognition of Comitment (ROC)
The Headteacher and Senior Leaders are commited to becoming a rights-respecting school.
A representative steering group of adults and pupils is formed to guide, promote and develop the initiative throughout the school. The steering group develops an action plan for implementing the RRSA standards and identifies procedures for monitoring the impact of the initiative.
Duration: Between 3 to 6 months.
CONGRATULATIONS TO US ALL – WE HAVE ACHIEVED ROC! May 2015.
A school achieving Level 1 has made good progress towards embedding the values and principles of the Convention into its ethos and curriculum. Schools must also be able to show how they plan to fully embed these values and principles as they work towards Level 2.
Duration: Between 12 to 18 months.
A school achieving Level 2 has fully embedded the values and principles of the Convention into its ethos and curriculum. Schools must also be able to show how they will maintain these rights-based values and principles.
Duration: Between 2 to 4 years.
The school self-evaluates progress against the Level 1 and 2 standards and, when they believe they have met the standards, an external assessment takes place. Following this, a written report is provided and, where the standards have been met, the school is accredited.