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RIGHTS RESPECTING SCHOOL

 

Rights Respecting School

Tennyson Road Primary School, is proud to be a UNICEF Rights Respecting School

This means we endeavour to follow the Unicef UK charter for children on 'The Rights of a Child'. We ensure that this charter is visible and permeates throughout our school life, culture and ethos.

In October 2020, we were awarded with Bronze Rights Respecting School status from Unicef UK.

We are now on our way to achieving silver and striving towards gold eventually.

So, what is the Rights Repecting School Award?

The Unicef UK Rights Respecting Schools Award (RRSA) supports schools across the UK to help children know and understand their rights as children. The award recognises that as a school, we are aware of the United Nation Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). The Bronze Award recognises that we are committed to ensuring all staff and children know about children’s rights. We are embedding these rights into practices around the school, and children will be learning about their rights through assemblies and class teaching. Overall, this will improve staff and pupils’ wellbeing, as children are able to realise their full potential.

The RRSA is based on principles of equality, dignity, respect, non-discrimination and participation. Since the initiative began in 2006, schools have reported an impact on relationships and improved behaviour, which in turn leads to better learning and social outcomes.

As a parent or carer, you can support your children’s learning and understanding of rights.

Start by asking your child’s opinion on children’s rights. Perhaps you can also discuss how you can promote respect for peoples’ rights, or how you can help other children achieve their rights. For example, you could use the Harvest Festival, where we bring in food to help people in the community who have less than us. Children in Need is another upcoming example, where we bring money in to school to help children nationally and globally who don’t have access to healthcare and education that we enjoy in the UK.

You could also try using Rights Respecting language at home. Some typical ways are:

  • You have the right to play but you also have the right to an education, so it is important that I help you manage your time so you can enjoy both these rights.
  • You have the right to rest and watch TV, but your right to be fed is more important now so you need to turn the TV off and have your dinner.   
  • You have the right to an opinion and I will listen, but you need to respect my right to express an opinion as well.
  • You have the right to be healthy and my job is to make you healthy by giving you healthy foods and going out the house for exercise.
  • You have the right to a clean world to live in and so does everyone else. Therefore, you need to respect that right and put your rubbish in the bin.

As adults, it our duty to tell children about these government protected rights.

Rights Respecting School Coordinator - Miss A Evans