RIGHTS RESPECTING SCHOOLS 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. A rights-respecting school not only teaches about children's rights but also models rights and respect in all its relationships: between teachers/adults and pupils, between adults and between pupils.
Why we at St. George’s believe this is important to us:
For children to make the most of their opportunities they need to have an understanding of their rights. St George’s is responsible for promoting a rights-respecting environment and for understanding that rights apply equally to everyone globally. Children should be given the opportunity to learn about the wider world and understand their responsibilities so that everyone can fulfil their rights.
How does the RRSA link with other school initiatives?
The initiative unifies a range of educational priorities in all UK jurisdictions; the global dimension, SEAL (social and emotional aspects of learning), community cohesion and sustainable development.
Recognition of Commitment
The first stage of the RRSA is the Recognition of Commitment (ROC). This is awarded to schools when:
- A steering group composed of adults and children is formed to guide, promote and develop the RR initiative throughout the school.
- An action plan has been completed and signed off by the principal.
- Procedures are put in place for monitoring the impact of the initiative.
- The RRSA is introduced to the school community – staff, pupils, governors and parents.
We were delighted to receive our RRSA Recognition of Commitment (ROC) status in February 2016. Next academic year, we will be working towards achieving Level 1.
The RRSA standards set out what a school must do to gain Level 1 accreditation. A school achieving Level 1 has made good progress towards embedding the values and principles of the CRC into the schools ethos and curriculum.
We will evaluate our progress and when we believe we have met all the standards then an external assessment will take place.
We will keep you up to date with our progress!
We are extremely proud of our children, staff and school. We hope that you will continue to support us on our Rights respecting journey.
If you have any RRSA ideas please contact Mr Jamieson or Mrs Howell They can pass on your ideas to the School Council for discussion.
Watch these videos to give you a better understanding of children's rights!