As you know, St Wilfrid's CE Primary School aims to be a school where every aspect of a child is focused on and developed, including how they feel about themselves, their learning and their future. We want all of our pupils to develop as happy and confident people who can express their views clearly and thoughtfully. We are dedicated to and passionate about our “Rights-Respecting School” status: Silver. This is an award which is given to schools on behalf of UNICEF.
UNICEF is the world’s leading organisation working for children and their rights. In 1989, governments worldwide promised all children the same rights by adopting the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). These rights are based on what a child needs to survive, grow, participate and fulfil their potential. These are rights that all children have. They cannot be taken away and it is adults who have the responsibility to ensure their rights are met. The core rights that we focus on are:
- Article 28: All children have the right to learn and go to school.
- Article 12: All children have the right to say what they think and be listened to.
- Article 19: All children have the right not to be harmed and should be looked after and kept safe.
- Article 31: All children have the right to relax, play and join in with artistic and cultural activities.
- Article 29: All children have the right to develop their personalities, talents and abilities to the full.
- Article 24: All children have the right to be healthy.
- Article 16: All children have the right to privacy.
The ‘Rights-Respecting School’ award (RRSA) will help our pupils to grow into confident, caring and responsible young citizens both in school and within the wider community. By learning about their rights, our children will also learn about the importance of respecting and standing up for the rights of others. Currently, we are thrilled that we have been awarded a Silver Accreditation (see below) and are working towards our Gold Award. Please see our evaluation form below.
Our pupils are encouraged to reflect on how their behaviour and actions affect those around them, which allows us to build and maintain a positive and safe learning environment for all, both in the classroom and around the school site.
We really hope that you will feel able to support us and your child in continuing on our journey as a ‘Rights-Respecting School’. If you would like more information or if you would like to work as a parent/carer member of our ‘Rights Committee’ please come in and talk to Mrs Smith, our Year 4 teacher.
If you would like more information about the work of UNICEF or a Rights Respecting School then please visit: www.unicef.org.uk/rrsa.