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Rights Respecting Schools Award

Rights Respecting Schools Award

A wonderful end to the year for RGS students and staff as we celebrate receiving the UNICEF Rights Respecting Schools Bronze Award.

RGS is part of the award-winning Thinking Schools Academy Trust and shares a commitment “to provide an outstanding school with an ethos of excellence and high expectations”. It is with this mentality that we made the decision to embark upon the Rights Respecting School Award (RRSA) in September 2021.

The journey started by informing members of staff and parents about our ambitions to become a Rights Respecting School and all that it entails. Cementing our commitment to ‘transforming life chances’, RGS has begun to embed the language of respect for self and others into the ethos of the school. This enables our young people within school to have an impact upon those in their immediate community and the world as a global village.

The RRSA involves young people and the school community in the learning about children’s rights and how to put them in to practice daily. Rights Respecting School Award is not only about what children do but also, importantly, what adults do.

With this in mind, a steering group of students and staff members was formed to educate the school community about rights. With the delivery of consistent messaging about respect for both personal rights and the rights of others, our students are empowered to become active and responsible citizens.

Principal, Clare Brinklow, says;

I am excited about our journey to be recognised as a Rights Respecting School. The ethos behind the award reflects what we aim for at RGS on a daily basis and I am proud that students and staff are engaging in this work to ensure everyone in our school community is educated on rights and responsibilities and how we can all play our part as active global citizens.

The Bronze award recognises that RGS is Rights: Committed and, as the first stage of the RRSA, has built a foundation for the school to continue their journey towards Silver: Rights Aware.

To work towards the Silver Award, we will ensure The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) underpins our values and decision making. The whole school will learn about the CRC and how the articles can be exemplified in all areas by promoting knowledge and understanding of the Convention throughout the school community. The school will empower the young people within their community to see themselves as rights respecting global citizens and will instil advocacy for fairness and children’s rights within the school community, locally and globally.

For more information about Unicef UK’s Rights Respecting Schools Award, please visit www.unicef.org.uk/rrsa