What is a Rights Respecting School?

UNICEF is an organisation working specifically for children and their rights. Its mission is to campaign for the protection of children’s rights in order to meet children’s basic needs and empower them to realise their full potential.

As a Rights Respecting School, currently working to renew our silver accreditation, we place the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) at the heart of our school.  The Rights Respecting Schools Award (RRSA) recognises achievement in making children’s rights central to its ethos, planning, policies and practice. 

A rights-respecting school not only teaches about children’s rights but also models rights and respect in all its relationships.  At Lydgate Junior School we are all working hard to ensure that we all respect each other’s rights.

We base our planning on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. Children learn to associate rights with needs and distinguish between their rights and their ‘wants’. They learn that if they have rights, they need to respect the rights of others. RRS is taught through RRS and the new R.H.E. curriculum.

As a Rights Respecting School, we recognise the importance of children using their ‘voice’ to promote children’s rights.  Each class has a Rights Respecting Schools representative who represents their class in RRS council meetings. 

As part of RRS., we are committed to helping children gain an understanding of the wider world and the issues faced by children in other countries.  Children learn about the 17 Global Goals for Sustainable development and take part in campaigns to help meet these goals. 

We encourage all parents, carers and families of children at Lydgate Junior School to play a full part in helping the children to learn about rights. The Rights Respecting School Article of the Week in the Latest information section of our home page is a good way to get involved in discussing children’s rights with your child. 

Please also see our Whole School Charter and the Rights of the Child in ‘Child Friendly Language’ can be found here.


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