Rights Respecting Schools Award
At the start of this academic year, we launched a new scheme in school – the start of our journey towards becoming a Rights Respecting School. On the first day of term, pupils participated in a range of activities to introduce them to the scheme, run by UNICEF, which aims to put children’s rights at the heart of schools across the UK.
The award is based on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) and pupils will be learning more about this as we continue our work towards Level 1. This convention is to protect the rights of all children across the world and as a result, we will be discussing when these rights are not met and the issues around these circumstances. We will also be looking at ways to ensure the rights are being met for our pupils here at O.M.S. Pupils will be working on this in PSHE lessons but will also find that it is being talked about in other subjects as staff include links to their curriculum areas.
A Steering Group has been set up with volunteers from all classes. Together, they have written a school charter outlining the rights and responsibilities that they feel are most important in ensuring that all pupils have a happy, healthy and successful time here. The charter is included here so you can have a look if you are interested. It is also on display in the school for all to see.
Although it is early days, we are very excited about this new initiative and look forward to updating you as we get Recognition of Commitment and progress through the levels. As time goes on there will be opportunities to get involved, so look out for them in the future.
As always, we thank you in advance for your support with this new endeavour and hope you enjoy hearing about the award from your children as they bring news to and from school.
For more information about the award, visit UNICEF’s website at http://www.unicef.org.uk/rights-respecting-sch