At Stranton Primary School we are a UNICEF Rights Respecting School and at the heart of our ethos are the values of the Convention on the Rights of a Child.
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 at the heart of its ethos and curriculum. This means that we teach children about their rights according to the United Nations Convention.
Here at Stranton Primary School, we achieved the 'Recognition of Commitment (ROC)' award in February 2018. This is the first stage of the Rights Respecting Award, which we achieved by showing our commitment and our intentions of becoming a Rights Respecting School. Since then, we have been working extremely hard to ensure we have built a 'rights respecting environment'.
In February 2019, we were awarded the Silver: Rights Aware logo in the second stage of the ‘Unicef Rights Respecting Schools Award' - one step closer to the Gold Award! We have been working hard to promote the values and principles of the 'United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child' and using it to underpin our vision for school improvement. We have been developing this approach to build upon our values-based learning, continue positive cultural development and create an even better atmosphere where everyone in the school is respectful of each other. The Rights Respecting steering group is made up of different members of staff and the School Council Rights Respecting Rangers.
Rights Respecting Steering GroupMrs. Grant – Head of schoolMrs. Yildirim – RRS Lead / PSHE Lead / Early Years LeadMrs. Wilson – Well-being Lead / Nursery TeacherSchool Councillors
Learning ChartersAll classes develop a learning charter at the start of the school term to promote a positive learning environment for everyone. Charters include the role of the rights holders and the duty bearers.
Teaching About rightsAt Stranton Primary School, the rights of the child underpin our school values and ethos of the school. Children start the school day by talking about our school values and how these link to the rights of the child. Children are also taught about rights through weekly, themed assemblies and a weekly reflection lesson to discuss the article of the week. Articles are linked to lessons throughout the day.
Steering Group MeetingsSchool Councillors who are also our Rights Ambassadors attend fortnightly meetings with the RRS Lead to discuss initiatives, ideas and projects and to help support the community in Rights Respecting work.
School MascotThis is our Rights Respecting School Mascot. We held a competition to design a mascot that would be on all displays around school. It was designed by a Year 4 pupil. It represents that all children around the world have rights.
OUTRIGHTThis year we have signed up to take part in OUTRIGHT. OUTRIGHT empowers children to speak up in support of children’s rights. This year it has a huge focus on children’s and young people’s mental health. On World Mental Health Day, the school council started off the day with a whole school assembly about mental health and everyone came to school wearing something yellow.
Rights Respecting Events
Our Head Boy, Head Girl, Deputy Head Boy and Deputy Head Girl attended the annual school council conference meeting at HCFE. They joined in lots of different workshops which encouraged them to become active, healthy citizens in the future.Article 24 and Article 28.The whole school took part in careers day learning about different jobs that we might want to pursue in the future.
We have been campaigning to help make our school carpark a safe place. The junior Road Safety Officers worked alongside Mrs Yildirim and Peter from the council to patrol the school carpark. We issued parking tickets to the cars that were not properly parked.
Article 19: Children have the right to be safe.
This year OUTRIGHT is about health care. A child from each year group shared what they had been learning about in assembly.
Today we supported 'Show Racism the Red Card' in school. We had a special visitor; a local policeman and football coach to lead our whole school assembly and talk about discrimination and racism.
Article 2: All children have rights regardless of their race, religion and ability.