Rights Respecting School
Woodstock CE Primary School has successfully achieved the Bronze Rights Respecting Schools Award (RRSA) in 2018, which puts children’s rights at the heart of our school. On Friday 8 November 2019 the school had an all day RRSA Silver assessment visit, and we successfully achieved Rights Aware Status.
The Respecting Rights Committee have been working hard towards achieving Gold Status - Rights Respecting which will take place on Wednesday 12 May 2021. This is very exciting and a true reflection of their hard work - especially during the last year with all the challenges that we have faced. Their learning about Rights have served them well.
‘It is the essential knowledge that pupils need to be educated citizens, introducing them to the best that has been thought and said and helping to engender an appreciation of human creativity and achievement.’ Ofsted 2019
Unicef works with schools in the UK to create safe and inspiring places to learn, where children are respected, their talents are nurtured and they are able to thrive. Whilst working towards achieving the first stage of this award we have ensured the Rights Respecting philosophy is embedded within the values of our school life and gives the children the best chance to lead happy, healthy lives and to be responsible, active citizens.
Using the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) as our guide, we are working with more UK schools than almost any other organisation. Over 1.6 million children in the UK go to a Rights Respecting School and nearly 5,000 schools up and down the country are working through the Award. Schools work with us on a journey to become fully Rights Respecting.
The Award recognises a school’s achievement in putting the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child into practice within the school and beyond.
There is a clear strategic commitment by the school to the principles of the Convention. The headteacher explained how the rights respecting work links well to Woodstock’s values and ethos, and the school’s ‘raising achievement plan’ includes reference to embedding children’s rights; for example, to help ‘further develop pupils’ acceptance of difference and diversity, and provide them with a strong moral compass to become active local and global citizens’. The wider school community is kept informed with information on the website, newsletters and there is also a RRSA link governor. Training and updates for staff have been provided by the RRSA coordinator and the Unicef UK ‘ABCDE of rights’ resource has also been used. Staff, parents and governors are enthusiastic advocates of the school’s rights respecting work and spoke positively of its impact including how it has helped to further support ‘pupil voice’ and pupil’s global awareness.
‘Respect’ is one of the school’s core values and an integral part of its inclusive ethos. A very positive and supportive learning environment was evident throughout the accreditation visit; for example, during the focus group discussion, pupils listened carefully and respectfully to the contribution of their peers.
‘Pupil voice’ is a strength of the school. The ‘children’s council’ has an elected representative from each class (year 1 and above) along with a chair, vice-chair and secretary from year 6. Examples of the impact of the council’s ‘pupil voice’ include a clock being installed in the playground and a ‘school talent’ event being held. A range of other pupil leadership roles such as playground leaders, library leaders, the eco committee and e-safety team, provide opportunities for pupils to play a full and active part in the life of the school. Children in the ‘rights respecting committee’ have led assemblies to help introduce some of the ‘articles of the month’ and have also helped to create the playground charter.