We are working towards being a Unicef UK Rights Respecting School Bronze Award: Rights committed
At Woodland View Junior school we aim to be a school where children’s rights are at the heart of our ethos and culture, to improve well-being and to develop every child’s talents and abilities to their full potential. As part of this plan we are working towards recognition as a ‘Rights Respecting School’, an award given to schools on behalf of Unicef UK.
Unicef is the world’s leading organisation working for children and young people and their rights. In 1989, governments across the world agreed that all children have the same rights by adopting the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). These rights are based on what a child needs to survive, grow, participate and fulfil their potential.
Woodland View Junior school pupils will learn about their rights by putting them into practice every day. A Rights Respecting School models rights and respect in all its relationships.
What is RRSA?
The Rights Respecting Schools Award (RRSA) recognises achievement in 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 rights-respecting school not only teaches about children’s rights but also models rights and respect in all its relationships: between teachers / adults and pupils, between adults and between pupils.
How are we a RRS?
Our Core Values are central to our schools ethos and day to day running. Children have a very good understanding of our Core values and during our Friday celebration assembly; teachers celebrate examples of the Core Values being shown within the classroom. As a school we believe we support pupils in ‘Awakening Talent and Developing Strengths’.
In every class we teach children about their rights, children are given the opportunities to share their own opinions, take part in discussions and value every ones ideas. At Woodland View Junior School we believe children have a voice, our School Council helps us develop as a Rights Respecting school. The School Council meet regularly to discuss different articles, to raise money for Charity and to be our Rights Respecting ambassadors for the School.
At Woodland View Junior School we have taken positive steps in order to empower children to talk about their feelings, worries. Children begin to manage their emotions from an early age.
You can find out a bit more about the Convention on the Rights of the Child by visiting unicef.org.uk/crc.
For further information about Rights Respecting Schools please visit: www.unicef.org.uk/rrsa
Becoming a Unicef UK Rights Respecting School
QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
It is an exciting time in the life of Woodland View Junior School. We have embarked on a journey which will benefit the whole school community, from pupils and staff to parents and governors. Here’s what we think you might like to know about it!
|You might ask…||As school leaders we think that…|
|What is a Unicef UK Rights Respecting School?||When schools get involved, the children learn about their rights by putting them into practice every day. Children and adults will learn about the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) which outlines what children need to survive and thrive, becoming the best they can be and achieving their potential.|
|Why is this happening?||A Unicef UK Rights Respecting School models rights and respect in all its relationships, whether between adults and pupils, between pupils or between adults. It is proven to benefit everyone in the school community to grow and learn together. Read more about the Award at www.unicef.org.uk/rrsa|
|How will becoming a Rights Respecting School benefit my child(ren)?||This approach works in many schools across the country to improve well-being and develop every child’s talents and abilities to their full potential. Headteachers from schools involved in the Award say it has improved children’s and young people’s respect for themselves and others and contributed to children and young people being more engaged in their learning.|
|How can I get involved?||We hope you will support the school’s journey to become a Unicef UK Rights Respecting School. Please do read about the Convention and Unicef’s work (see below) to see what it’s all about!|
|What is the Convention on the Rights of the Child?||In 1989, governments worldwide promised all children the same rights by adopting the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. The Convention recognised that all children have the right to be treated with dignity and fairness, to be protected, to develop to their full potential and to participate. The rights in the Convention describe what a child needs to survive, grow, and live up to their potential in the world. They apply equally to every child, no matter who they are or where they come from. The Convention changed the way children are viewed and treated – in other words, as human beings with a distinct set of rights instead of as passive objects of care and charity. It is the most widely ratified human rights treaty – only the United States has not ratified it. The UK signed up to it in 1991. You can read more about it at www.unicef.org.uk/crc and download a summary of the articles at bit.ly/CRC-over11|
|What is Unicef?||Unicef is the world’s leading organisation for children and young people, promoting the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything they do. Together with their partners, Unicef works in 190 countries to translate that commitment into practical action. Unicef UK is a registered charity. It raises funds through donations from individuals, organisations and companies and campaigns to keep children safe. Unicef UK also works with schools, hospitals and local authorities in the UK to put children at the heart of what they do. To find out more about Unicef, go to www.unicef.org.uk|
Please do get in touch with us if you would like to know more.