What is a Rights Respecting School?
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.
Why do we want to be a Rights Respecting School?
St Peter's puts children's at the core of what we do in school. We want our children to demonstrate and model rights respecting behaviours so that they can make a difference in the world and learn to become global citizens. It is our job to make sure that the children at St Peter's have rich, memorable learning experiences that will shape their lives.
How do the children learn about their rights at school?
All staff at St Peter’s are duty bearers who ensure that the children’s rights are respected. The children will learn about their rights through a variety of different ways including the following:
· Each school value is linked to a right and the children will do some work on these in classes and assemblies.
· Each IPC topic the children learn about includes an international learning element which will include teaching the children about a particular right.
· Events which take place in school are linked to a right and the children are made aware of why we believe this right is important to think about.
· Each class has a class charter which is based upon children’s rights and the children create and agree to adhere to this charter.
· The school has it’s own charter which children learn about and agree to adhere to.
· The children are involved in lots of fundraising and community events which help others and also serve to teach them about the importance of becoming active global citizens.
· The school has a steering group who meet regularly to discuss different ways to promote children’s rights in the school. These are our ‘Rights Respecting Ambassadors’ . They also monitor playground behaviour to ensure children remember to respect the rights of other children in the playground.
WE Read Together (March 2017) - Article 29 'The purpose of Education is to develop every child's personality, talents and mental and physical abilities.'
The Ambassadors were reading champions for this project. Children were able to take part in the Achievement for All '100 million minutes reading challenge' and were sponsored for every minute of reading they completed in one week. The money raised was donated to the Achievement for All charity which helps disadvantaged children across London. The Ambassadors were assigned reading buddies in year 1 and read with them in the afternoons.