Going for Gold: OMS as a Rights Respecting School
As a whole-school community we take children’s rights seriously and use the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) as a framework for much of what we do. We are now aiming for the highest level of Unicef UK’s Rights Respecting Schools Award as recognition of this practical commitment. In October 2018 we will be assessed for the RRSA Gold Award.
In September 2015 we launched a new scheme in school – the start of our journey towards becoming a Rights Respecting School. In July 2017 we received recognition as a Silver Award school.
We are now aiming to further embed the principles of the CRC by going for the Gold Award. 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.
RRSA is closely linked to our promotion of global citizenship and sustainable development. We want all pupils to be 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 of this was our participation in the Outright project, which involved pupils learning about the problems faced by child refugees and advocating on their behalf.
RRSA is also about looking at ways to ensure the rights are being met for our pupils here at OMS. We are constantly promoting a culture of mutual respect – for staff, for pupils and for the environment – and the values embodied in the UNCRC. The revamped and strengthened School Council is helping ensure 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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