Our Rights Respecting School leader is Nelson Ganeshwaran.
The Rights Respecting School Award (RRSA) is an initiative run by UNICEF UK, which encourages schools to place the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) at the heart of its ethos and curriculum.
Here at Colegrave, we are continuing to build an environment which nurtures our children’s talents, keeps them safe, helps them thrive and enriches their learning.
Colegrave is now in its third year of being a Rights Respecting School and we are on our journey of being recognised as a Level 1 School. The children have learnt a lot about their 42 Children’s Rights and they have embedded it into their learning, attitudes and everyday discussions.
Rights Respecting Schools links in to many subject areas e.g. English, History, Geography, R.E, Science, PSHE and Maths. All our teaching staff has received training on how to incorporate rights into their planning.
Children understand that their rights are inherent, universal, unconditional, inalienable and indivisible. Here is a short summary of what these words mean:
- Inherent – Rights are inherent meaning they are yours because you are born a human.
- Indivisible – Rights are indivisible meaning no right is more important than another one. They are equal and linked.
- Inalienable – Rights are inalienable meaning you cannot give them away or sell them and no one can take them away from you.
- Universal – Rights are universal meaning they are for all children (under 18), everywhere, all the time.
- Unconditional – Rights are unconditional meaning they are not a reward and not dependent on a responsibility or performing an action to get them.
Impact on the pupils
UNICEF has shown that when children are taught about their rights under the CRC, they are more respectful of the rights of others.
- Improved self-esteem and feelings of being valued and listened to.
- Increased levels of respect for each other, leading to improved relationships with other pupils and with staff.
- A sense of security as rights-respecting language and behaviour is used consistently throughout the school.
- Improved attainment and attendance, and a reduction in exclusions.
- An understanding and respect of religions, cultures, beliefs and abilities different to their own.
- A wider and deeper understanding of the world in which they live.
This has been the case for children at Colegrave. Behaviour and attendance have improved and children are able to resolve peer on peer issues with the help of rights and the Restorative Approach.
What can adults do to help children realise their rights?
All adults (parents, teachers or the government) are known as Duty Bearers. It is our responsibility to make children aware of their rights and to act if their rights are not being met.
School Council work hard every week to make sure our school is continuing to embed the Rights of the child in their learning and they come up with ideas in which the Chairperson of School Council takes to the Senior Leadership team once every half term.
Click here to visit UNICEF’s website to find more children’s rights.
Mr Ganeshwaran believes:
“Every child is unique but one common factor each child shares is their rights. We as a school believe in unity and diversity, rights respecting school or not, we will always respect children’s rights. We encourage our local community to join us on our journey of becoming a Rights Respecting School. The purpose of education is not to make careers but to build minds”
Thank you to all the teachers, parents/carers, governors, local community and most of all, to our children for a successful journey so far. Level 1, here we come.