Bader

Primary School

Aiming High

Rights Respecting School Award

At Bader Primary School, we wish to engage children in taking an active role in how school promotes social and emotional well-being. The rights respecting school award is a way of children recognising their contributions are valued and that their views can create a change, making it a better place, through a structured journey in achieving bronze, silver and gold awards. Not only does it improve school life, but also reaches out to the local community and around the world. The children at Bader know they are an important part of making the world a better place, starting with their immediate environment.

Intent

The award aims to improve the lives of children in the UK by taking a whole school approach in putting children’s rights at the heart of school policy and practice in line with the school’s values resulting in:

Child Rights Education, through RRSA, often enhances and strengthens effective practice within a school, with adults also creating more positive relationships and enjoying their role. Rights have been described as a ‘heartbeat’ in school life; like a ‘golden thread’ or ‘stick of rock’ that underpins and informs their practice. In a Rights Respecting School, a child rights-based approach underpins school culture, ethos and relationships as well as the more tangible changes to practice, policy and environment. When children leave Bader Primary School they are well prepared in recognising life is a fantastic adventure to enjoy.

Implementation of the Rights Respecting Schools Award

The rights respecting school journey takes the participants through bronze, silver and gold accreditations.

Bronze Award

The bronze award is achieved through the introduction of a rights based approach in school:

We have achieved the Bronze Award in May 2020 and are a Bronze – Rights Committed School.

Silver Award

The silver award is achieved by delving deeper and explicitly embedding the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child into policy, practice and culture. It promotes knowledge and understanding of the Convention throughout your school community and develops through the stages of the action plan previously created. As this develops, children and staff become more positive. This becomes more visible, improving the school ethos, practice and environment. Children and adults begin to see themselves as rights respecting global citizens and advocates for fairness and children’s rights, both locally and globally.

Progress towards the RRSA tends to happen organically. What we are aiming for is:

  1. Teaching and Learning about rights: for the whole school community through training, curriculum, assemblies, topics, focus days/weeks, displays;
  2. Teaching and Learning through rights: by modelling rights respecting language and attitudes, and making strategic decisions that involve students;
  3. Being ambassadors for the rights of others: developing as rights respecting citizens.

Gold Award

Achieving Gold: Rights Respecting means there is evidence that:

Children and young people also play an increasingly leading role in driving progress. At Gold: Rights Respecting, you are aiming to intensify and broaden:

  1. Teaching and Learning about rights: for the whole school community through training, curriculum, assemblies, topics, focus days/weeks, displays;
  2. Teaching and Learning through rights: by modelling rights respecting language and attitudes and making strategic decisions that involve students;
  3. Being ambassadors for the rights of others: developing as rights respecting citizens.

Rights Respecting School Impact Statement

CITIZENS The Unicef Rights Respecting Schools Award improves the lives of children in the UK by taking a whole school approach to putting children’s rights at the heart of school policy and practice.

Child rights education plays a key role in developing children and young people as active, engaged local and global citizens. Children in Rights Respecting Schools feel safe in school, respected by and enjoy supportive relationships with the adults who care for them and engaged with their local community, their education and the global agenda. 

Child Rights Education through RRSA enhances and strengthens effective practice within a school. Rights have been described as a ‘heartbeat’ in school life; like a ‘golden thread’ or ‘stick of rock’ that underpins and informs their practice.

In a Rights Respecting School a child rights-based approach underpins school culture, ethos and relationships as well as the more tangible changes to practice, policy and environment. 

By the third stage of the Award, Gold, schools achieve positive performance across a broad range of outcomes showing how we have been successful: 

Rights Respecting Read

Rights Respecting Read Summer 2021