What is the RRSA?
As you know, Twiss Green Primary School aims to be a school where every aspect of a child is focused on and developed, including how they feel about themselves, their learning and their future. We want all of our pupils to develop as happy and confident people who can express their views clearly and thoughtfully. To support this, we are working towards status as a “Rights Respecting School”. This is an award which is given to schools on behalf of UNICEF.
UNICEF is the world’s leading organisation working for children and their rights. In 1989, governments worldwide promised all children the same rights by adopting the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). These rights are based on what a child needs to survive, grow, participate and fulfil their potential. These are rights that all children have. They cannot be taken away and it is adults who have the responsibility to ensure their rights are met. The core rights that we focus on are:
- All children have the right to learn and go to school.
- All children have the right to say what they think and be listened to.
- All children have the right not to be harmed and should be looked after and kept safe.
- All children have the right to relax, play and join in with artistic and cultural activities.
- All children have the right to develop their personalities, talents and abilities to the full.
- All children have the right to be healthy.
- All children have the right to privacy.
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 children will also learn about the importance of respecting and standing up for the rights of others. Currently, we are working towards the Bronze: Rights Committed status.
Our pupils are encouraged to reflect on how their behaviour and actions affect those around them, which allows us to build and maintain a positive and safe learning environment for all, both in the classroom and around the school site.
We really hope that you will feel able to support us and your child in working towards our goal of being a ‘Rights Respecting School’. If you would like more information or if you would like to work as a parent/carer member of our ‘Rights Committee’ please contact Mrs Kelly.
If you would like more information about the work of UNICEF or a Rights
Respecting School then please visit: www.unicef.org.uk/rrsa.
RRSA Steering Group
Our UNiCEF Steering Group has a very important role in raising awareness of the UNCRC (United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child) and promoting the awareness of children’s rights at Twiss Green Primary School.
In our Steering Group meetings, all members work hard to ensure that UNCRC Article 12 ‘Children should have a say in matters which affect them’ is always top of our agenda.
By working together, we seek to ensure that all stakeholders at Twiss Green have an opportunity to have their views heard and grow in confidence and knowledge when discussing the UNCRC and its impact on our daily lives.
RRSA Steering Group Members
Our steering group is made up of the following pupils:
We also have adult members:
- Mrs. Kelly (RRSA Lead)
- Mrs Connell (School Governor)
- Miss Dunn (KS1 Teacher)
The UNICEF Steering Group have decided to create a Rights Respecting Newsletter to keep everyone in the Twiss Green community up to date with our Rights Respecting journey. More information to follow soon!