We are a Rights Respecting School
We are delighted to inform parents and carers that we have been re-accredited as ‘Gold’ by Unicef UK’s Rights Respecting School programme as a result of our continued commitment to the work.
Unicef is the world’s leading organisation working for children and their rights. The Rights Respecting Schools Award is granted to schools that show commitment to promoting and realising children’s rights and encouraging adults, children and young people to respect the rights of others in school.
Gold is the highest accolade given by Unicef UK and shows a deep and thorough commitment to children’s rights at all levels of school life.
We would like to say a huge ‘Thank You’ to our parents, carers and visitors for your continued support with all of our Rights Respecting work, and we hope that you will continue to support us as we work to maintain this high standard once again.
Please click on the link to read our assessment report – The Glebe Primary RRSA ‘Gold’ assessment report
How can adults support their child to learn about the Convention at home?
- Take the time to ask your child what he/she has learnt recently regarding children’s rights and how they may show respect for those rights.
- Discuss the ideas learned in class, and try to think of examples from your own experiences, or from the media, of rights being respected or denied.
- Discuss how your child or your family can promote respect for rights, or help those whose rights have been violated.
- Model using rights and respect language with your children.
- Ask your child’s opinion on children’s rights.
UNICEF has shown that when children are taught about their rights under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, they are more respectful of the rights of others.
- Improved self-esteem and feelings of being valued and listened to.
- Increased levels of respect for each other, leading to improved relationships with other pupils and with staff.
- A sense of security as rights-respecting language and behaviour is used consistently throughout the school.
- Improved attainment and attendance, and a reduction in exclusions.
- An understanding and respect of religions, cultures, beliefs and abilities different to their own.
- A wider and deeper understanding of the world in which they live.
Our staff and children are extremely enthusiastic about the project, and we continue to promote the rights of children locally, nationally and globally.
Our RRSA champions meet each Thursday with Miss Walsh to discuss ideas about how to continue to promote children’s rights.
The RRSA steering group meets every term to discuss new ideas. If you would like to get involved please see Miss Walsh.
Parents/carers: To see more information on how you can meet rights mentioned in the articles, please click here to see a copy of our ‘Whole School Charter’.
Each class chooses 2 (EYFS), 3 (KS1) or 4 (KS2) articles from UNCRC to display in their classroom. The children are actively involved in choosing articles that they want to form the basis of their charter.
The rights are worded (and displayed) in language that is meaningful to the children, but clearly based on particular articles from the Convention.
Each charter also outlines what the children agree to do to ensure the rights are advocated and also what adults (duty bearers) will do to ensure the rights are upheld for every child.
Children and adults who work in the classroom sign the charter in some way e.g. a picture of themselves, a symbol that represents them or their name.
The charters are then referred to throughout the year as a strategy to ensure that the children continually have their rights met.
To coincide with our Rights Respecting work, we have made the decision to integrate opportunities for teaching and learning about Global developments and issues.
The aim of this work is to equip our pupils with the knowledge, skills, values and attitudes that they need to make a positive contribution to a globalised world.
Below are examples of feedback from the work that we have been doing:
‘The resources we used were engaging and children enjoyed looking at the climate kid’s website.’
‘There was lots of opportunity for collaborative learning through talk partners and discussed in groups how to reduce carbon footprint.’
‘All the children had a better understanding of what inequality was at the end of the lesson, many children could provide several examples and were able to describe the impact on people’s lives.’
‘This is an inclusive school and staff work tirelessly in promoting diversity and respect for each other and for different cultures. Pupils have a well-developed understanding of the rights of the child. The school’s commitments as a “rights respecting” school are woven through the broad and balanced curriculum.’
The Glebe Primary School – Ofsted 2016
Some of our children worked closely with a local company, ‘Apollo Arts’, to create our very own RRSA song! Click here to see a preview of the lyrics. We regularly sing our school’s RRSA song during assembly time and the upbeat tune certainly makes it a firm favourite with our children.