What is the Rights Respecting School Award?
The UNICEF Rights Respecting School Award (RRSA) supports schools across the UK to embed children’s human rights in their ethos and culture. The award recognises achievement in putting the UN Convention on the Rights 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.
RRSA at North Town
Becoming a Rights Respecting School has involved the children learning about the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. The children have learnt about their rights and about the importance of respecting the rights of others.
The children learn about their rights through assemblies and the curriculum. They also take part in annual themed weeks such as Respect Week which takes place every November. We also have an annual Spanish / Rights Respecting School Week where the children learn about the rights of children in other countries.
In November 2018 we were delighted to achieve the RRSA Level – Gold Award. The assessor on the day wrote in the accreditation report that:
“North Town Primary is a school in which empowering children to learn and lead as respectful members of society is at the heart of the school’s vision. It is clear that embedding a rights respecting ethos is integral to this vision helping children to develop as happy, confident, respectful members of the school community and wider society.
Particular strengths of the school are:
- An ethos based on empowering children and sense of moral purpose
- Respectful children whose clear understanding of children’s rights is equipping them to gain the knowledge and skills to be confident learners, develop positive relationships and empathise with others.
- Working in an integrated way to support children’s wellbeing, social development and academic achievement.”