RIGHTS RESPECTING SCHOOLS AWARD (RRSA)
ST NICHOLAS SCHOOL IS PROUD TO BE A RIGHTS RESPECTING SCHOOL
St Nicholas School has been awarded the first stage of Unicef UK’s Rights Respecting Schools Award (RRSA) called the Recognition of Commitment. We are always striving to create the best possible learning environment for our children and young people at St Nicholas School. This achievement shows that we are committed to promoting and realising children’s rights and encouraging adults, children and young people to respect the rights of others in school. We have set up a steering group and have an action plan to ensure that:
- the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) underpins our values and decision making in school
- the whole school learns about the CRC and respects the rights of others
- children are empowered to become active learners and active local and global citizens.
Unicef (United Nations Children’s Fund) is the world’s leading organisation working for children and their rights and we will be joining a community of over 4,000 schools in the UK working on the Rights Respecting Schools Award. Right Respecting Schools across the country have reported that that the Award has many positive impacts including improved relationships, well-being and self-esteem, leading to better attendance and improved learning.
We are now working towards becoming a level 1 accredited rights respecting school. We are striving to achieve this recognition because we want St Nicholas School to become a better place. We want to teach children about their rights and help them understand that they have responsibilities to respect the rights of others too!
Learning about UNCRC and rights has made us think more about other and how our actions would affect them.
Our schools’ aims and values are closely links to the UNCRC. We have also voted on and designed our own school charter. St Nicholas school believes that everyone has the right to:
- Article 14: Children have the right to freedom of thought, belief and religion.
- Article 19: Children have the right to be protected from all forms of violence.
- Article 23: Children have the right to special care and support if they have a disability.
- Article 28: Children have the right to learn and go to school.
- Article 31: Children have the right to relax, play and join in with a wide range of activities.