Rights Respecting Schools Award

UNICEF UK Rights Respecting School Award

Here at The Bishopton we are committed to ensure our whole school community are aware of their rights, and that those rights are taught, learned, practiced, respected, protected and promoted. To mark this commitment, we intend to go through the journey towards becoming a Rights Respecting School in the coming months.

UNICEF is the world’s leading organisation for children and their rights. They work with families, local communities, partners and governments in more than 190 countries to help every child survive and flourish. As a champion of the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), UNICEF advocate for governments to protect and promote the rights of every child. UNICEF believes that children’s rights should never be compromised by their circumstances.

The Rights Respecting Schools Award is based on principles of equality, dignity, respect, non-discrimination and participation. It seeks to encourage schools to place the rights of the child at the absolute heart of everything that they do, from strategic planning and policy making to all teaching, learning and assessment and wider leisure, culture and community activities. Please click on the link below if you would like to learn more about the award:

http://www.unicef.org.uk/rights-respecting-schools/

Journey so far:

We are absolutely delighted to have been awarded the level 1 in February 2017, this was achieved through the establishment of our Steering Group known as the Junior Leadership Team (JLT). We have also worked to introduce the pupils and staff to the UNCRC, we have reviewed our school’s policies and ensured that they all have reference to the rights of the child and the related articles of the charter. All our classrooms now have an established Rights Respecting Charter, where pupils are aware of their rights and recognise and agree to do their part to respect their rights as individuals and protect the rights of their peers. We have produced and action plan for moving towards a level 2 and hope to achieve this by the end of 2017.

What next for the Bishopton Centre:

We are now currently working towards the level 2 award where we empower our pupils to campaign on local, national and global issues, therefore, as a school, we intend to facilitate this process over the coming months and would welcome any suggestions from our families or members of the local, national and international community on key issues that affect the lives of children worldwide. For further discussion please contact Sophie Johnson on 01642 566369.