UNICEF Rights Respecting School
At Oldfield Brow, we are proud to be committed to becoming a UNICEF GOLD Rights Respecting School. But what does this mean and what does this look like at Oldfield Brow Primary School?
What is a UNICEF Rights Respecting School?
The UNICEF UK Rights Respecting Schools Award (RRSA) is based on principles of equality, dignity, respect, non-discrimination and participation. The RRSA seeks to put the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child at the heart of a school’s ethos and culture to improve well-being and develop every child’s talents and abilities to their full potential
By being committed to embedding the Rights of the Child at the heart of our school's ethos and culture, we are adhering to our core belief that every child is exceptional and is entitled to an inspirational education that builds on unique talents to enable them to have the skills, knowledge and attitudes to "thrive in a changing world" (School Vision, 2023)
A rights-respecting school is a community where children’s rights are learned, taught, practiced, respected, protected and promoted. Young people and the school community learn about children’s rights by putting them into practice every day.
We feel it is important that when children learn about their rights it is important that deeper connections are also made in their understanding about the nature of rights so they are taught the ABCDE of their rights.
Rights are for all children
Rights are there from birth
Rights cannot be taken away
Rights do not have the be earned
All rights are equally important
UNICEF Rights Respecting Schools are required to work within and demonstrate the following standards:
- Rights-respecting values underpin leadership and management.
- The whole school community learns about the United Nations (UN) Convention on the Rights of the Child.
- The school has a rights-respecting ethos.
- Children are empowered to become active citizens and learners. This is a core part of the school vision for Oldfield Brow Primary School
More information about what it takes to become a Rights Respecting School can be found by CLICKING HERE.
What does this 'look like' at Oldfield Brow Primary School?
Within our school, we hold the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child at the centre of everything we do. Our Pupil Parliament are the custodians of our Rights Respecting ethos and work with Mr Butler, our Rights Respecting School Leader, to promote children's rights across their work.
As well as the Pupil Parliament, there are several other school bodies to which the pupils are placed in leadership roles these include House Captains and Play Leaders.
The Pupil Parliament leads an assembly at the start of each school year. During the year they are also involved in other special days which highlight one or more of those rights. These have included Anti-bullying week - CLICK HERE and UK Parliament Week - CLICK HERE for more information.