Francis Askew has been recently awarded Level 1 of UNICEF’s RRSA
(Rights Respecting School Award).
We were assessed across four standards. Below are some quotes from the report.
“I would like to thank the leadership team, staff and in particular the children for sharing with me all the good things happening in your school during the assessment.It was clear during the visit that everyone places a real importance on developing a rights respecting ethos.It was particularly notable that the school leadership and staff members have a strong commitment to ensuring every child’s rights are respected in raising self-esteem and giving many disadvantaged children the best possible start.”
Rights-respecting values underpin leadership and management
“The school has a caring ethos based on respect and a strong commitment to raising self-esteem and giving disadvantaged children the best possible start ‘providing a better future for the children of today’. All staff have received training and subsequently lunchtime supervisors had training in using key rights to deal with any lunchtime situations. The parent governor present felt that ‘the children are more respectful in and out of school: their language is changing and they can explain their needs more clearly in a polite way’. “
The whole school community learns about the CRC
“The children I met could name a range of rights in the UNCRC including: to relax and play, clean water, education, one’s own religion, have your say in matters that concern you, to a clean environment.
The school has a rights-respecting ethos
“Children in the focus group explained how class charters have been drawn up with children in each class picking the most important rights for them from the articles. They clearly felt they had ownership of these rights and were supported by staff to realise these rights. ‘Teachers care and do their best for us, make us happy to relax and play’.The children I interviewed all felt safe and well cared for. They were confident that adults would sort out any issues quickly. The children individually gave examples of rights respecting behaviour which included: ‘teachers care and do the best for us’, ‘buddies and school councillors help out’, ‘any behaviour like bullying is dealt with quickly’, ‘we all respect each other’s rights’, ‘having the right to learn’.”
Children are empowered to become active citizens and learners
“Children choose school councillors each year by holding a class vote. They speak openly in school council meetings and children in the school know that they have a right to express ideas and issues affecting their lives in school, to the school councillors. School improvements which school council has influenced include: new pupil toilets which they are very proud of, more school clubs especially for KS1 and school uniform in Y6. The latter is one example from the Y6 development plan which pupils are involved in.Children have increased independence in decision making; have different food choices at dinner times and can see the menu in advance to make healthy choices. Children have choices about the outcome they want to achieve with their learning. They are given information as a right about curriculum work and the opportunity at the start of a topic to assess what they know and what they would like to learn as part of a personalised curriculum.”
We will now work towards Level 2!
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