St Mary’s is a school where everyone recognises and acts upon their rights and responsibilities with respect to the school, the local community and the wider world.
St Mary’s has achieved Level 1 and is working towards level 2 of the Rights Respecting School Award (RRSA)
What is a Rights Respecting School?
The Rights Respecting School promotes the UN convention on the rights of the child (UNCRC). This is an integral part of our ethos and vision, that children achieve most when they feel included and valued. We want children to learn about their rights and feel empowered about their education.
A Rights Respecting School also supports children in becoming global citizens.
We recognise that rights and responsibilities are equally balanced and encourage our children to take responsibility for their actions in order to develop and awareness of how they might affect the rights of others. The aim is to help children achieve their potential and become responsible citizens.
How do children learn about their rights?
At St Mary’s children learn about their rights by becoming familiar with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). Children learn the value of a rights based culture by experiencing learning in a community where adults take responsibility for ensuring that all children enjoy their rights.
Children take on leadership roles via school council, eco-team, peer mentors and global friends and play a full and active part in the decision making processes that help improve the education provided by the school.
The teaching of rights lends itself to many subject areas including Literacy, History , Geography, RE, Science and of course PSHE. All teachers have received training on how to incorporate rights based lessons into their planning and the benefits of a rights respecting ethos throughout the whole school.
What about children’s respect for the rights of others?
Children who learn about their rights and responsibilities are more respectful of the rights of others. They show better understanding of what it means to have rights and responsibilities, have more positive attitudes to school and better relationships with others.
All classes have created a class charter with matching rights and responsibilities statements.
If you would like to find out more about the Rights Respecting School Award click on the link below.