A Rights Respecting School
The Rights Respecting Schools Award (RRSA) is an initiative from UNICEF which focuses on children and their rights. It enables communities to work together to ensure every child’s rights to survive and thrive are upheld. Parents, carers, children, school and community learning together is key to the success of this aspirational and timely initiative. The convention contains 54 rights respecting articles: articles 1 – 42 refer explicitly to the rights of children and are therefore our focus at SIJS. Please visit www.unicef.org.uk
The convention makes it clear what all of us involved in the lives of children must do so that:
- All children grow as healthy as possible
- All children learn at school
- All children are protected
- All children have their views listened to
- All children are treated fairly
At SIJS we have re-written, using child friendly language, the articles of the United Nation’s Convention on the Rights of the Child. The rights are taught explicitly across the school and links are made to the convention at every learning opportunity including assemblies, break and play times as well as our Pupil Council. The articles work alongside our SIJS moral code which details our aspirations regarding Humanity and Fairness, Voice, Education and Health.
What are the benefits? (Taken from the UNICEF website)
Evidence gathered from schools participating in the RRSA suggests that when the values of the UNCRC underpin the ethos and curriculum of a school, they have a significant, positive impact on important aspects of child well-being and school improvement. They also have a positive effect on the relationships, teaching approaches, attitudes and behaviour of everyone involved.
Teachers, children and parents have reported:
* Improved pupil self-esteem
* Pupils’ enhanced moral development
* Improved behaviour and relationships (reductions in bullying, exclusions and improved attendance)
* More positive attitudes towards diversity in society and the reduction of prejudice
* Pupils’ development as global citizens
* Overall school improvement (including learning environment and academic standards)’
This award scheme enables us to continue to prioritise this philosophy as a school, continuing to put the rights of our children, at the very heart of all we do. Our aim is to embed within both our school and within the community, an ethos which unifies the global dimension, sustainable development and community cohesion; enabling our children to develop a stronger sense of the need to act for local, national and global justice. Our children are our voices in the future.
Our mission statement : ‘To provide high quality learning and teaching and to raise the achievement levels of all pupils’ is the key driver and our renewed, revisited and re-energised values enable us to bring about-improving life chances for all – whilst building balanced, secure, aspirational and happy children; hand in hand with home.
‘Learning together: free to fly’… continues to herald all we stand for.