What is the Rights Respecting Schools award?
All children have these rights, no matter who they are.
At St James’s we are working towards achieving Unicef’s Rights Respecting Schools award. The Rights Respecting Schools award (RRSA) recognises the importance of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) and work together with our ethos. The award is based on principles of equality, dignity, respect, non-discrimination and participation and at St James’s we are aiming for these values to work alongside our already establish Catholic Christian ethos.
St James’s is currently working towards the Recognition of Commitment.
Every class has a charter, which is a set of promises which they have been agreed by the adults and children within each class. The charters are linked with different articles in the UNCRC and support the philosophy of the Rights respects.
Articles and us
As part of our practice we underpin and link where we can the UNCRC articles of children’s rights. Further to this we are aiming to link our policies, action plans, whole school theme plans and our School Development Plan to these articles.
Throughout this year we will be raising awareness of the articles to staff, children and members of St James’s community.
You have the right to know your rights!
This link will provide additional information.
Many schools have created their own videos or songs about children’s rights and global citizenship in the context of their rights respecting work. Please follow this link to view the song written by Ms Armstong, St. James's Music Director.