Rights Respecting School Award (RRSA)
Chisenhale are proud to be a Level Silver ‘Rights Respecting School’. This is an award given to schools by UNICEF, a leading organisation for children and their rights.
A Rights Respecting School not only teaches about children’s rights but also models rights and respect in all its relationships: between staff/ adults and pupils, between adults and between pupils.
The Rights Respecting School Award helps our children grow into thoughtful, respectful and responsible young members of the school and wider community. By learning about their rights, our children also learn about the importance of respecting the rights of others.
Unicef works with schools in the UK to create safe and inspiring places to learn, where children are respected, their talents are nurtured and they are able to thrive. Their Rights Respecting Schools Award embeds these values in daily school life and gives children the best chance to lead happy, healthy lives and to be responsible, active citizens.
What is RRSA?
The Rights Respecting Schools Award puts children’s rights at the heart of a school’s ethos.
The Award aims to ensure that children are aware of their universal rights (which are detailed in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child) and that these rights are at the heart of the children’s learning. A large part of the award involves children learning about their responsibility to respect other people’s rights and how rights and responsibilities work together.
It is based on principles of equality, dignity, respect, non-discrimination and participation.
It’s aim is to improve wellbeing and help all children and young people to realise their potential. The Award has been proven to have a positive impact on relationships and wellbeing, leading to better learning and behaviour, improved academic standards and less bullying.
There are three levels to the Award:
- Bronze: Rights Committed
- Silver: Rights Aware
- Gold: Rights Respecting
Chisenhale is currently on Silver Level. We are on our exciting journey to Gold: Rights Respecting, the highest stage of the Award granted by Unicef UK.
Why are children’s Rights so important?
In our society, the rights of children are often overlooked and many children do not have a basic knowledge of them. Often, children can receive unfair treatment or be ignored in decision-making on issues that affect them. The Convention changes the way children are treated and viewed, and emphasises that children have voices that must be heard.
The impact of the Award
We have witnessed that this award has a really positive influence on the school community, including:
- Improved self-esteem and well-being
- Improved relationships and behaviour (reductions in bullying and exclusions and improved attendance)
- Improved engagement in learning
- Positive attitudes towards diversity in society and the reduction of prejudice
- Children and young people’s enhanced moral understanding
- Children and young people’s support for global justice
- Children and young people become more involved in decision-making in schools.
Here are some of the key vocabulary we use to help learn about, through and for rights.
- Duty Bearers: These are all the people whose responsibility it is to make sure children’s rights are respected. This starts with the government but also includes parents and all school staff.
- Equity: The concept that every child deserves to have the support they need to succeed and that this support will look different for each child.
- Dignity: The way in which all children should be treated at all times. No matter the barriers a child is encountering at Chisenhale they should be treated with respect.
- ABCDE of Rights:
How can you help?
Three ways you can support our RRSA approach
- Watch or read age appropriate news and discuss how it relates to children’s rights
- Discuss topics your child is studying at school and how they relate to children’s rights
- With reference to the poster of Rights (see below) celebrate when your child gets to enjoy their rights as this really is a cause for celebration
Please click here to view UN Convention Rights of the Child