Rights Respecting School Award

RRSA

 

Find out more about our Rights Respecting Schools Award (RRSA) work by watching this short video.

 

 

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Kerr Mackie Primary School aims to be a school where every aspect of a child is focused on and developed, including the area of wellbeing. As part of our school's aims to promote a happy and successful school, we have just been awarded UNICEF Recognition of Commitment to the Rights Respecting Schools Award. This is an award which is given to schools on behalf of UNICEF.

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 (CRC). These rights are based on what a child needs to survive, grow, participate and fulfil their potential.

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

Over the next year we plan to work on achieving the level 1 award and make our work on rights an integral part of daily school life.

Our external assessor says:

"Congratulations to all the young people and adults concerned at Kerr Mackie Primary on achieving a Recognition of Commitment. The progress the school has made since registering looks fantastic, well done." 

Thank you to all the children who designed a logo for the Rights Respecting Schools Award; there were so many wonderful entries. On Monday 25th April, Kat Newton from Oakwood library came to judge the competition. She was very impressed by all the entries and enjoyed learning more about childrens rights and what being a Rights Respecting School really means. There is a winner from each year group and one overall winner. The overall winner is Zulqurnain Azim in Maple Class. Congratulations! Kat Newton thought that Zulqurnains logo represented RRSA well because it includes the globe and a rainbow family on top  childrens rights apply to all children all over the world. Thanks to Oakwood Library who have provided beautiful books as prizes; we appreciate your support. The winning logos will be displayed in the school hall very soon. 

 

We are working towards RRSA Level One:

Standard A: Rights Respecting values underpin the leadership and management of the school
Standard B: The whole school community learns about CRC
Standard C: The school has a Rights Respecting Ethos
Standard D: Children are taught to become active listeners and learners

 

What impact does it have?

On the school
 RRSA is not an initiative, but instead provides an overarching set of values that improve the climate for learning and within which other initiatives can sit
 A deeper and more cohesive way of working
 Improved relationships with pupils and a reduced hierarchical divide between staff and pupils, due to a common rights-respecting language

On children
 Improved self esteem and feelings of being valued and listened to
 Increased levels of respect for each other, leading to improved relationships with other pupils and with staff
 A sense of security as rights-respecting language and behaviour is used consistently throughout the school
 Improved attainment and attendance, and a reduction in exclusions
 An understanding and respect of religions, cultures, beliefs and abilities different to their own
 A wider and deeper understanding of the world in which they live

On adults
 Strengthened collaborative working
 Increased consultative approach with other adults and pupils
 A sense of ownership in developing an approach that meets the needs and aspirations of the school as a whole
 A sense that the whole school is working towards a common goal, leading to feelings of empowerment for both staff and pupils
 A platform is developed for parental engagement and discussion

Next Steps

There is a steering group which meet monthly to discuss how we can develop the RRSA throughout school. Many groups are represented in our steering group: pupils, staff, parents, governors and the RRSA leader from our partner school.

So far we have the following ideas in place:

Display in the hall
Assemblies link to articles from the CRC
Many school policies have been linked to the CRC
Article of the week is played in every classroom and around school
Articles are displayed around school

The group had so many great ideas! We aim to run workshops, competitions, awareness in our community, a film for the website and a presentation to governors.

Mrs Crowther has made a link with another Leeds school working on Level 1  we plan for our steering groups to meet to discuss the impact of RRSA and how we can develop it further in school. Exciting times!

If you would like to be on the steering group  please come and speak to Mrs Crowther  we would love your input.

How can parents support their child to learn about the Convention at home?

 Take the time to ask your child what he/she has learnt recently regarding children's rights and responsibilities
 Discuss the ideas learned in class, and try to think of examples from your own experiences, or from the media, of rights being respected or denied
 Discuss how your child or your family can promote respect for rights, or help those whose rights have been violated
 Model using rights and responsibility language with your children
 Ask your child's opinion on children's rights

How can I find out more?

 Find out more by keeping an eye on our twitter feed @KerrMackieP and Mrs Crowther's @MrsHRCrowther
 Read our RRSA updates in the school newsletter
 Ask your child about RRSA and the article of the week  can they tell you about it?
 If you would like more information about the work of UNICEF or a Rights Respecting School then please visit: www.unicef.org.uk/rrsa.

 RRSA Logo Competition:

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR WINNERS!! 

Thank you to all the children who designed a logo for the Rights Respecting Schools Award; there were so many wonderful entries. On Monday 25th April, Kat Newton from Oakwood library came to judge the competition. She was very impressed by all the entries and enjoyed learning more about childrens rights and what being a Rights Respecting School really means. There is a winner from each year group and one overall winner. The overall winner is Zulqurnain Azim in Maple Class. Congratulations! Kat Newton thought that Zulqurnains logo represented RRSA well because it includes the globe and a rainbow family on top  childrens rights apply to all children all over the world. Thanks to Oakwood Library who have provided beautiful books as prizes; we appreciate your support. The winning logos will be displayed in the school hall very soon. 

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