Our journey so far

RIGHTS RESPECTING SCHOOL

As a rights respecting school, we care a lot about children's rights. We teach the children about the United Nation's Convention for the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) which is an agreed set of expectations for all children across the world. Many countries have signed up to this international charter that includes things like 'all children have the right to an education' (Article 28) and 'every child has the right to a standard of living that is good enough to meet their physical, social and mental needs' (Article 27). In total there are 54 articles but articles 1-42 are the articles that we focus on in school. We learn the difference between wants and needs and look at how we can achieve these rights for more people in the world. We are currently working on achieving Gold level rights respecting school.

On our journey towards becoming a Rights Respecting School, our first step was to achieve the recognition of commitment certificate from Unicef.  
To achieve this we discussed with the children how we can ensure that our rights are considered by everyone so we can learn in a positive environment. So each class produced a classroom charter which displays the children's ideas of how we will respect each others rights in the classroom.

Town Lane Infant School achieved Silver award of Unicef’s Rights Respecting School award and is now working towards Gold Award.

The Silver award of Rights Respecting Schools Award is the second stage of the award (after Recognition of commitment). The Silver Award is granted by Unicef UK to schools that show good progress towards embedding children’s rights in the school’s policy, practice and ethos.

 

Our journey towards Gold Award......

UNICEF is the world’s leading organisation working for children and their rights. In 1989, governments worldwide promised all children the same rights by adopting the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). These rights are based on what a child needs to survive, grow, participate and fulfill their potential.

We believe that the ‘Rights Respecting School’ award (RRSA) will support our pupils to grow into confident, caring and responsible young citizens both in school and within the wider community. By learning about their rights the children also learn about the importance of respecting the rights of others i.e. their responsibilities.

Town Lane Infant School pupils are encouraged to reflect on how their behaviour and actions affect those around them. This allows us to build and maintain a positive and safe learning environment for all, both in the classroom and around the school grounds.

We are delighted to have recently been awarded the Recognition of Commitment Award as the initial step in achieving the RRSA.

If you would like more information about the work of UNICEF or a Rights Respecting School then please visit: www.unicef.org.uk/rrsa.

We have been learning about the term 'Duty Bearer'. Duty bearers are those defined as having obligations under the CRC for Respect, Protection and Fulfillment of children's rights. Government and its agents ( teachers, police, social workers, nurse, doctors etc) are the primary duty bearers responsible for realising the rights of all children. School council have made sure that duty bearer posters are up in classrooms and around school.