UNICEF Rights Respecting School Award

Colindale is committed to protecting and promoting children’s rights and we are delighted to be working towards gaining the UNICEF Rights Respecting School Award (RRSA).

What does it mean to be a Rights Respecting School?

A Rights Respecting School is a school that embeds the United Nations Convention of the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) in daily school life. Children’s rights are:

  • Taught
  • Practised
  • Promoted
  • Protected

Rights and respect are modelled in relationships between adults and pupils, between adults and between pupils.

What are Child Rights – UNCRC?

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) is a legally-binding agreement describing what children need to survive, grow and live up to their full potential. All children everywhere in the world are entitled to all of these rights. The Convention also explains how adults and governments must work together to make sure all children can enjoy all of their rights.

Impact of Rights

Embedding rights into school life gives children the best chance to lead happy, healthy lives and to be responsible and active citizens. We expect that the impact of becoming a rights respecting school will be positive for children, staff and the whole community.

What now?

Currently, we are working towards gaining our Recognition of Commitment from UNICEF. We will then move on to Level 1 of the Award.

Progress so far…

February – Staff participated in an inset afternoon to help us understand more about the Rights Respecting School Award and how it will affect us. Staff completed a survey and an adult steering group has been formed.

April – Children and families are invited to come and find out what an RRSA school is all about. More details to follow soon. Children will be elected to form the Rights Champion Group following a democratically election.

How can I find out more?

You can visit UNICEF’s Rights Respecting Schools Website which is full of interesting and useful information https://www.unicef.org.uk/rights-respecting-schools/ Or contact our RRSA Co-ordinator Mrs Wate who would be very pleased hear from you.

“A Rights Respecting School is a place where we can all feel confident with ourselves and it encourages us to use our voice. It has helped me build my confidence. It has helped me raise awareness of injustice in the world”.

A pupil from a Primary Rights Respecting School