Every child, no matter who they are or where they live, has the right to grow up safe, happy and healthy.
The Rights Respecting School Award (RRSA) recognises achievement in putting the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) at the heart of a school’s planning, policies, practice and ethos.
UNICEF is the world’s leading organisation working for children and their rights. UNICEF works with families, local communities, partners and governments in more than 190 countries to transform children’s lives by protecting and promoting their rights. UNICEF supports children by providing health care, nutrition and education. UNICEF protects children affected by war, natural disasters and AIDS. In the UK, UNICEF champions children’s rights and works to win support and raise money for our work for children worldwide.
Bourne Abbey is a UNICEF Rights Respecting school. Each year the children decide upon their class charter and the rights associated with these. All the children contribute to the drawing up of the charter. Children have many opportunities for their voices to be heard. We have a Student Council which meets regularly to discuss issues raised in class council meetings. The council has its own budget and is able to genuinely effect change within the school. All Student Council members for each class are voted in by their peers. The Student Council ensures that all pupils have ownership of the school, how it operates and therefore their education. At Bourne Abbey ‘Every Child has a Voice.
We are absolutely thrilled to be able to share the news with you that we have achieved our UNICEF Rights Respecting Schools Gold Award. This was a reaccreditation visit in June.
The Assessor highlighted that particular strengths of the school include:
He also stated ‘Discussion with the children about their understanding of themselves as rights holders provided an excellent framework for them to articulate all the different ways in which they can enjoy their rights in school.’ ‘Among many other elements, they referred to being healthy, having a good education, being kept safe and having their privacy respected and their opinions listened to and taken seriously. A Y2 pupil summed it up by saying: “All our rights help us to be the best we can be!”’
The report goes on to comment ‘Throughout the visit, it was very clear that mutually respectful relationships are prevalent across the school. The children spoke about how well everyone gets on and how friendly their school is, and they knew that respect is the recurring word in the school’s three core values.’
Well done to our UNICEF Ambassadors as well as Mrs Goold and Mrs Mitchell who lead our UNICEF work in school. Please see below for the full report.