OMS is a Rights Respecting School
As a whole-school community we take children’s rights seriously; we use the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) as a framework for much of what we do. In November 2018 we achieved the highest level of Unicef UK’s Rights Respecting Schools Award as recognition of our sustained practical commitment.
In 2015 we started our journey towards becoming a Rights Respecting School. In July 2017 we received recognition as a Silver Award school, followed by the Gold Award in November 2018.
Run by Unicef UK, the scheme puts children’s rights at the heart of life in participating schools across the UK. It is based on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. The convention is universal – it is about protecting and promoting the rights of all children across the world.
Children at OMS have learnt about children’s rights, when these rights are not met, and a wide range of social issues linked to these rights. There continues to be work linked to RRSA across the curriculum, especially in PSHE lessons but often in other subjects too.
This is closely linked to our promotion of global citizenship and sustainable development. Our pupils are aware of challenges and issues in the wider world – and how they can make a contribution to protecting children’s rights and the planet on which we all depend. A good example is our participation in the autumn 2018 Outright project, with children learning about the dangers posed by air pollution – and having a voice to call for measures to promote clean air for all.
We have successfully developed ways of ensuring that children’s rights are being fulfilled for our pupils. We are constantly promoting a culture of mutual respect – for staff, for pupils and for the environment – and the values embodied in the Convention. Our School Council is helping pupils have a voice in whole-school decisions and initiatives.
For more information about the award, visit UNICEF’s website at http://www.unicef.org.uk/rights-respecting-sch.
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