Rights Respecting Schools Award

So what is exactly the Rights Respecting Schools Award?

The Rights Respecting Schools Award is a UK-wide initiative encouraging the promotion of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, which is built up of 54 articles stating our rights.

But what is a Rights Respecting School?

A Rights Respecting School is an environment that places these universal principles at the heart of its planning, policies, practice and ethos thus improving respect and relationship between teachers and pupils.

How do we achieve this award?

In order to achieve the Award we will not memorise the 54 articles of the Convention, but will establish strong moral values within each of the members of our Heriot's community, constituting a natural understanding that children have the right to an education, the right to a childhood and the right to be happy and safe.

So basically to be awarded the Rights Respecting Schools Award we need to meet the following standards:

1. Rights respecting values underpin leadership and management;
2. All members of the school must have an understanding of the Convention;
3. We have a rights-respecting ethos;
4. Children are empowered to become active citizens and learners.

Why should we strive for the Award?

We should strive for this Award as it recognises the good practice that we are already demonstrating, however if we are to accomplish the Award everyone in school needs to show an awareness and commitment to the UNCRC.

How can you help us get the Award?

Throughout this session we will begin to study the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child in citizenship and registration classes. Thereafter we hope to advocate our rights in all aspects of life, whether it be in or out of school.