Rights Respecting Schools Silver Award
Selly Park Girl’s School achieved the Rights Respecting School Silver Award in July 2017. Our School Charter created by the whole school community defines a set of values which are actively upheld by all. The school will be seeking the Gold in 2019.
UNICEF Rights Respecting School Award (RRSA) helps schools to use the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) as the values framework that enables this to be achieved.Click here to visit the Rights Respecting Schools’ website.
The UNCRC enhances pupils’ understanding of the consequences of individual and group actions on the rights of others locally and globally. The articles of the Convention are based on the recognition of every child’s basic needs in order to thrive. Click here to see the articles. The UNCRC sets out a child’s rights to:
- Survive and have good health
- Be protected from harm
- Develop their talents and skills
- Participate in the world to which they belong.
Students learn about the UNCRC and articles through Citizenship days, Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) lessons and assemblies. Curriculum areas include teaching about UNCRC and promote respect for children’s rights locally and globally.
Learning about the UNCRC and being Ambassadors for the rights of others has been a focus for whole school projects and charity events World Book Day and International Day.
Selly Park students are encouraged to be Ambassadors for the rights of others in our local community and across the world. Our Rights Respecting Ambassadors are accessing their right to express their opinions (Article 12) by taking leadership roles across the school to teach the community about rights, model Rights Respecting attitudes and be Ambassadors for the rights of others.
Rights Ambassador Responsibilities:
- Make decisions as to how we achieve our Gold Award.
- Attend Rights Respecting meetings regularly.
- Plan and organise whole school UNCRC House competitions.
- Plan and lead informative assemblies.
- Plan and organise charity/campaign events.
- Write reports for newsletters.
We encourage parents to engage with the Rights Respecting Schools Award through discussions with their child and by engaging with RRSA materials in our school planner. Please look out for opportunities for parents to get involved directly with the project though events and action groups.