As part of our school's vision to promote a happy, safe, caring school where we work together to achieve our best we are working towards becoming a “Rights Respecting School”. This is an award which is given to schools on behalf of UNICEF. In December 2013 UNICEF awarded us a national ‘Recognition of Achievement’, recognising the work we are doing at Parkland Infant to promote the Rights of the child.
The ‘Rights Respecting School’ award (RRSA) will help our pupils to grow into confident, caring and responsible young citizens both in school and within the wider community. By learning about their rights our pupils, your children also learn about the importance of respecting the rights of others i.e. appreciating that they also have responsibilities.
The 5 Key Rights at Parkland Infant School
As part of the RRSA our school rules and expectations have been re-written to form Rights and Responsibilities. The UN convention of Childrens Rights has 42 rights, but in line with other schools nationally we have summed them up as 5 key rights:
- The right to be educated.
- The right to be listened to.
- The right to be healthy.
- The right to be safe.
- The right to be treated fairly.
Each class will have a class charter - created by pupils - which outlines expectations in the classroom. The displays are very colourful and eye catching.
In Term 6 we held a whole school Rights Week. Over the course of the week children learnt about their Rights. This included a whole day of interactive activities where children learnt about the 5 key rights and Children's Rights around the world.