On Tuesday 9 October, two guests from Unicef UK visited OMS to learn about our journey to being a Rights Respecting School. Unicef UK runs the Rights Respecting Schools Award – we already hold the Silver Award and hope to progress to Gold status. Since 2015 we have been working on embedding children’s rights in the culture and curriculum of our school.
Our guests spent time having discussions and meetings with school leaders and staff, governors, parents and – most of all – the children. Pupils from all year groups talked about what it means to be a rights respecting school and how it makes a difference to them. They demonstrated not only their knowledge of rights but their understanding of how rights are both respected and abused in the wider world.
We are currently looking at ways to develop our work as a rights respecting school further. Our School Council has an important part to play and will be discussing this at its meeting next week. Watch this space!