'At Leigh Primary School we are a UNICEF Rights Respecting School and at the heart of our ethos are the values of the Convention on the Rights of a Child.'
We have achieved the Silver Award - one step closer to the Gold Award!
The Rights Respecting School Award (RRSA) is an initiative run by UNICEF UK, which encourages schools to place the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) at the heart of its ethos and curriculum.
Here at Leigh Primary School, we achieved the 'Recognition Of Commitment (ROC)' Award in Spring 2016. This is the first stage of a Rights Respecting School and we achieved this by showing our commitment and our intentions of becoming a Rights Respecting School. Since then, we have been working extremely hard to ensure we have built a 'rights respecting environment'.
We have been promoting the values and principles of the 'United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child' and using it to underpin our vision for school improvement. We have been developing this approach to build upon our values-based learning, continue positive cultural development and create an even better atmosphere where everyone in the school is respectful of each other.
June 2017, an external UNICEF assessor visited Leigh Primary School to assess how our school were promoting the values and principles. She was very pleased with everything we have been doing so far.
Our external assessor says:
"Children from Reception to Year 6 demonstrated a very good knowledge of a range of rights. They articulated connections between rights and life at school."
Below are the strands that have been demonstrated in our school so far:
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
Meet our Rights Respecting Reflectors
Leigh's UNICEF ambassadors meet every fortnight with Miss Bhogal, our RRSA lead teacher, to discuss how we can promote children's rights and ensure that children become confident, respectful and responsible people, who have good knowledge about the wider world.
The Rights Respecting Reflectors are the voice of our children!
Additionally, they organise a number of theme days to help children develop a better understanding of children's rights all around the world. They also think of some fantastic ways of raising money for the children around the world who do not have access to their rights.
Take a look at our class charters