What is a Rights Respecting School?
A Rights Respecting School puts the CRC (Convention on the Rights of the Child) at the heart of a school’s culture and ethos to improve well-being and develop every child’s talents and abilities to their fullest potential.
Rights Respecting Schools Award
UNICEF is the world’s leading organisation for children and their rights. In 1989, governments across the world promised all children the same rights by adopting the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
The rights are international law.
All the countries in the world have signed to make this domestic law in their country. Except for two…
Albany Junior School are on a journey to be recognised as a Rights Respecting School. In a Rights Respecting School, children know their key rights and appreciate the need for children’s rights to be realised everywhere. Children in a Rights respecting School are helped in their journey to becoming a global citizen. Here at Albany Junior School, pupils are learning about many of the rights through their involvement with UNICEF and a Rights and Respecting ethos throughout the whole school.
The award recognises achievement in putting the UN Convention on the Right of the Child (UNCRC) at the heart of a school’s practice to improve well-being and help all children and young people realise their potential. The award is based on principles of equality, dignity, respect, non-discrimination and participation. The initiative started in 2006 and schools involved in the Award have reported a positive impact on relationships and well-being, leading to better learning and behaviour and improved academic standards.
Albany Junior School achieved their Recognition of Commitment on 21st October 2016
Albany Junior School as a Rights Respecting school.
Pupils’ opinions and thoughts are sought, encouraged and respected in all aspects of the school’s work. Pupil leadership is an integral part of the school’s ethos. School Council and Rights Respecting School Ambassadors are examples of committees where pupils are given the opportunity to lead aspects of school life.
Our Next Steps on our journey - School Environment
The Rights Respecting Schools Ambassadors are currently working to integrate the Rights and the related articles in to the school environment to ensure that all members of our school community understand the rights and how these are applied.
We will keep you updated as our journey progresses.