The Rights Respecting Schools Award puts children’s rights at the heart of schools in the UK.
UNICEF works with schools in the UK to create safe and inspiring places to learn, where children are respected, their talents are nurtured and they are able to thrive. The Rights Respecting Schools Award embeds these values in daily school life and gives children the best chance to lead happy, healthy lives and to be responsible, active citizens. 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. Children learn to associate rights with needs and distinguish between their rights and ‘wants’. By learning about their rights our pupils, your children, also learn about the importance of respecting the rights of others. Some of the rights of the child that underpin our school values at Perry Court include:
- Article 14: Children have the right to freedom of thought, belief and religion.
- Article 19: Children have the right to be protected from all forms of violence.
- Article 28: Children have the right to learn and go to school.
- Article 29:Education must develop every child’s personality, talents and abilities to the full. It must encourage the child’s respect for human rights, as well as respect for their parents, their own and other cultures, and the environment.
- Article 31: Children have the right to relax, play and join in with a wide range of activities.
At Perry Court, we have been awarded the first stage of the Rights Respecting Schools award; Bronze award: Rights Committed. The award recognises achievement under the following four aspects of school life:
- Leadership and management for embedding the values of the UNCRC in the life of the school
- Knowledge and understanding of CRC
- Classroom climate and culture: rights-respecting classroom
- Pupils actively participate in decision-making throughout the school.
We are now on our journey towards the next stage of the award; Silver award: Rights Aware. As a school we are working together to ensure we continue to develop our Rights Respecting ethos and actions relating to each of the above areas.