Right Respecting School

Silver: Rights Aware is the second stage of the Rights Respecting Schools Award https://www.unicef.org.uk/rights-respecting-schools/getting-started/silver/what-is-silver/

Silver: Rights Aware comes after Bronze: Rights Committed.

It is granted by Unicef UK to schools that show good progress towards embedding children’s rights in the school’s policy, practice and ethos, as outlined in the RRSA Strands and Outcomes.

To achieve Silver: Rights Aware, schools will be assessed by a Unicef UK RRSA assessor who will look at the whole school’s rights respecting work. (See Silver Report Attached)

Achieving Silver: Rights Aware means there is evidence that:

  • The school is explicitly embedding the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in its policy, practice and culture
  • We are promoting knowledge and understanding of the Convention throughout the school community
  • We are putting into action and developing the plans outlined on your Action Plan for Silver, which we submitted to achieve your Bronze: Rights Committed
  • We are beginning to see the positive impact of these actions on children and young people, staff, and on the school’s ethos, practice and environment
  • Children and young people are beginning to see themselves as rights respecting global citizens and advocates for fairness and children’s rights, both locally and globally

Progress towards the RRSA tends to happen organically and every school will work in a slightly different way. What we are aiming for is:

  1. Teaching and Learning about rights: for the whole school community through training, curriculum, assemblies, topics, focus days/weeks, displays
  2. Teaching and Learning through rights: by modelling rights respecting language and attitudes, and making strategic decisions that involve students
  3. Being ambassadors for the rights of others: developing as rights respecting citizens

Bridgelea pupils and staff have worked together to create an Ethos, Vision and Values which bring together a desire to understand and work with all the members of our community though and for the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

We aim to provide an enriching diverse curriculum that develops Global Citizens. We use assemblies, theme weeks and a variety of visits and visitors to support this curriculum offer.

Through the School Council all children have the opportunity to express their views and be heard. Classrooms display charters devised by the pupils which explain the articles the children are working on that term.

The Rights that the pupils have chosen, through pupil voice are:

Article 12
You have the right to give your opinion, and for adults to listen and take it seriously.
Article 13
You have the right to find out things and share what you think with others, by talking, drawing, writing or in any other way unless it harms or offends other people.
Article 15
You have the right to choose your own friends and join or set up groups, as long as it isn’t harmful to others.
Article 24
You have the right to the best health care possible, safe water to drink, nutritious food, a clean and safe environment, and information to help you stay well.
Article 27
You have the right to food, clothing, a safe place to live and to have your basic needs met. You should not be disadvantaged so that you can’t do many of the things other kids can do.
Article 28
You have the right to a good quality education. You should be encouraged to go to school to the highest level you can.
Article 29
Your education should help you use and develop your talents and abilities. It should also help you learn to live peacefully, protect the environment and respect other people.
Article 30
You have the right to practice your own culture, language and religion – or any you choose. Minority and indigenous groups need special protection of this right.
Article 31
You have the right to play and rest.
Article 39
You have the right to help if you’ve been hurt, neglected or badly treated.

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