Freegrounds Infant School – Rights Respecting School Award
Freegrounds Infant School strives 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 achieving our silver Right Respecting School Award (RRSA).
What is the RRSA ?
The RRSA (Rights Respecting Schools Award) is awarded by UNICEF. 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. The Award recognises achievement in putting the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child at the heart of a school’s planning, policies and practice. A Rights Respecting School is a community where children’s rights are learned, taught, practised, respected, protected and promoted. All children have rights which are inherent, inalienable, indivisible, universal and unconditional. They are 42 different articles relating to the rights of the child. For more information about the convention the Convention on the Rights of the Child by visiting www.unicef.org.uk/crc. For further information about Rights Respecting Schools please visit: www.unicef.org.uk/rrsa
What have we done to be a Rights Respecting School?
All children are taught about their rights across the curriculum. Rights are the focus each week during collective reflection and are discussed in detail as part of our PSHE lessons. Every year each class makes a class charter. This charter is agreed and signed by the children and adults. It details how we will show respect for each other's rights. We have a steering group where children, teachers and governors come together to discuss our Rights. We have a group of ambassadors who work with children across all year groups to ensure children can enjoy their rights throughout the school day. We are continuing to work with the children to teach them about global issues and have held various fundraising events across the year to help in such issues.
Our steering group.
Our UNICEF steering group is a diverse representation of our school community and each class is represented by a UNICEF ambassador too.
This year we have been working hard to ensure the children's rights are upheld. In particular we have achieved the following...
* creating the ABCD of children's rights for the classrooms
embedding Nick the Rights Respecting Ninja in our school community
* creating lunchtime, playtime and collective reflection charters
* planning a whole school 'Children's day' and 'Earth day'
* planning how to include our SMSC characters in our learning