Briarwood is a Rights Respecting School
We are a Rights Respecting School and we have begun work towards Level 1 of the UNICEF Rights Respecting Award. 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.
Here are the Rights 2020 – https://cypcs.org.uk/resources/uncrc-symbols-cards/
The Convention is a very important document because it recognises 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. It also lays out what countries must do to ensure that all children can enjoy their rights, regardless of who they are, or where they are from.
The Unicef UK Rights Respecting Schools Award (RRSA) supports schools across the UK to embed children’s human rights in their ethos and culture. Schools can achieve a special award. The award recognises achievement in putting the UN Convention on the Right of the Child (UNCRC) at the heart of a school’s practice to improve well-being and help all children realise their potential.
The award is based on principles of equality, dignity, respect, non-discrimination and participation. The initiative started in 2006 and schools involved in the Award have reported a positive impact on relationships and well-being, leading to better learning and behaviour, improved academic standards and less bullying. The Award is aimed at schools across the UK
Who is the Rights Respecting Schools Award (RRSA) for?
The RRSA is a UK-wide initiative for all children and all those working with or for children in formal education.
RRSA and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC)
The universality of the CRC provides a clear link for pupils between building up their rights-respecting school, understanding their rights and the need for children’s rights to be realised everywhere. Children and young people in rights-respecting schools develop a stronger sense of the need to act for global justice.
How can parents/carers be involved?
Have a look at the information here: https://www.unicef.org.uk/rights-respecting-schools/
Throughout the year we would like your support with charity awareness and special events to promote the rights of children in need and to practice a global ambassadorial role.
Annual reviews of Education, Health and Care Plans are child-centred and provide an opportunity for parents/carers to experience first-hand how Briarwood’s rights respecting ethos enables their child to have a voice, contribute in the school and community and to enjoy life.
How are teachers and staff involved?
Teachers and staff model rights respecting language and attitudes and make strategic decisions that involve students. Rights are taught and learnt throughout the whole school community through training, curriculum, assemblies, focus days/weeks, displays.
How are pupils involved?
Two elected class councillors represent each class and form the School Council at the start of each academic year. The School Council also works as the school’s Rights Respecting Action Group. We weave rights through our curriculum and ethos, with a strong focus on developing meaningful pupil voice and participation in decision making.