Fordfield Road, Sunderland, Tyne And Wear, SR4 0DA
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Article 12 : Every child has the right to express their views, feelings and wishes in all matters affecting them, and to have their views considered and taken seriously
Article 13 : Every child must be free to express their thoughts and opinions and to access all kinds of information, as long as it is within
We are proud to say we are a ‘Rights Respecting School’ and achieved the Unicef’s Rights Respecting School Silver Award in July 2020. This award demonstrates our commitment to pupil’s welfare. We believe that all children have the right to a good quality education (Article 28) and that this education should develop their talents and abilities and enable all children to reach their full potential (Article 29).
As a Rights Respecting School we place the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) at the heart of our school ethos. We seek to embed the CRC into our curriculum as widely as possible both in our classrooms and in whole school assemblies. Each of our classes has created its own classroom charter based on the rights of the child.
We are incredibly proud of the work our school has done to become a Rights Respecting School and our Rights Respecting School Champions play a very important part in ensuring that the children’s right to have a say in all matters affecting them is upheld (Article 12). Meeting regularly, our school champions discuss ideas for ensuring that all children and staff in our school know about children’s rights and put forward ideas and suggestions to make our school a happy and respectful place to learn.
I know now that everyone has rights, even children. We need to make sure that we respect these rights and not let anyone take them away. Adults have to treat children with respect. - Lily
I wanted to be a Rights Respecting Champion because I like to be respectful, kind and caring. My hope for the future is to make a difference to the world. The thing I have enjoyed the most about the RRSA Champions is all of the meetings - Savannah
I wanted to be a champion because I want to learn my rights. I hope we can get our gold medal award soon!
RIGHTS RESPECTING SCHOOL AWARD - What is it about?
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. Our 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.
Using the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) as our guide, we are working with more UK schools than almost any other organisation. Over 1.6 million children in the UK go to a Rights Respecting School and nearly 5,000 schools up and down the country are working through the Award. Schools work with us on a journey to become fully Rights Respecting.
The Award recognises a school’s achievement in putting the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child into practice within the school and beyond.
There are four key areas of impact for children at a Rights Respecting school; wellbeing, participation, relationships and self-esteem. The difference that a Rights Respecting School makes goes beyond the school gates, making a positive impact on the whole community.
We have achieved:
This means we have started the journey together to ensure our school is part of this international network that create safe and inspiring places to learn, where children are respected, their talents are nurtured and they are able to thrive.
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