Unicef Right Respecting Schools Award
Here at Whinfield we pride ourselves on being a UNICEF Rights Respecting School.
In July 2018 we were accredited as a being a Rights Aware school by UNICEF. Our Silver Award acknowledges that our school is fully aware of the articles preserved in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) and that these articles are reflected in the school's ethos, practice and environment.
So what is the UNCNC?
In 1989 UNICEF established 54 Articles known as the Convention for the Rights of the Child. This applies to any child under the age of 18, regardless of their gender, sexuality, ethnicity, religion, language, background or abilities. It is all encompassing and inclusive of the child. Almost every country around the world has signed this convention to uphold the Articles in their country, and protect children’s rights.
The convention recognises that all children have the right to be treated with dignity and fairness, to be protected, to develop to their full potential and to participate in their chosen activities. At Whinfield we believe that all children should strive to be the best that they can be, to develop a Growth Mindset and to become resilient with the support of their peers.
All staff are responsible for upholding children’s rights as Duty Bearers in the school. This means that staff have a duty to protect the rights of the children they care for, ensuring others understand how their rights are universal, inherent, inalienable, unconditional and indivisible.
Universal – ALL children have these rights
Inherent – Children have these rights from BIRTH
Inalienable – Their rights CANNOT be taken away from them
Unconditional – They DO NOT have to earn their rights
Indivisible – All rights are EQUALLY important
What we do as a Rights Respecting School?
As a Rights Respecting School, we support our children in becoming confident, independent, enthusiastic and creative learners. We do this within a caring, safe and supportive environment.
We run weekly assemblies which engage the children in the Rights of the Child from Year 1 upwards. The children are taught about their Rights and reminded about how the schools High 5 supports us in making the correct decisions to respect everyone’s Rights (including their own). Rights are also weaved within the curriculum, helping children make connections to how these impact the wider world.
All newsletters and written communication to parents includes Rights Articles to help parents/carers understand the Rights their children are learning about during the school week. We also send home a year group mascot on a weekly basis. These lovely, plush teddies enjoy a weekend at home with a lucky child who can teach them about a specific Right which they enjoy.
So what next?
As a Silver Award school, we have three years to become accredited at Gold Standard. This will mean that our children, staff and community are fully aware of the Rights of the Child; that these rights are fully embedded through policies, curriculum, teaching and ethos; and that the school reflects the three RRSA Stands.
Stand A – Teaching and Learning about Rights
Stand B – Teaching and Learning Through Rights – Ethos and Relationships
Stand C – Teaching and Learning for Rights – Participation, Empowerment and Action.
From September 2019 we will be Going for Gold!