Rights Respecting School Gold
Being a Gold Rights Respecting School means that we teach our children how to be upstanding, considerate and thoughtful citizens. They learn about their own rights as children, as well as of those around them, and how their actions and choices can have an impact on their friends, school and even the world around them. Pupils discussion is age/ability dependent. Evidence of principles based on equality, dignity, respect, non-discrimination and participation being ‘visible around the school’ and being seen and talked about by adults is particularly important to maintain our gold. There are 3 strands that we work on throughout the school which support our ethos and values. There are explicit lessons, class charters, assemblies, whole school projects and weaved through our behaviour Policy. These are supplemented by weekly votes4schools activities which adds to pupil voice.
STRAND A: TEACHING AND LEARNING ABOUT RIGHTS
The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) is made known to pupils and adults, who use this shared understanding to work for improved child wellbeing, school improvement, global justice and sustainable living.
STRAND B: TEACHING AND LEARNING THROUGH RIGHTS – ETHOS AND RELATIONSHIPS
Actions and decisions affecting children are rooted in, reviewed and resolved through rights. Pupils and adults collaborate to develop and maintain our school community based on equality, dignity, respect, non-discrimination and participation; this includes learning and teaching in a way that respects the rights of both educators and learners and promotes wellbeing.
STRAND C: TEACHING AND LEARNING FOR RIGHTS – PARTICIPATION, EMPOWERMENT AND ACTION
Pupils are empowered to enjoy and exercise their rights and to promote the rights of others locally and globally. Duty bearers are accountable for ensuring that children experience their rights.
The most relevant rights concerning our pupils are:
· the right to a name and identity
· the right to have an opinion
· the right to be kept safe and be looked after
· the right to eat good food and clean water
· the right to a good standard of living
· the right to go to school
· the right to relax and play
These rights come directly from the UNCRC, written and agreed by the government of most countries around the world.
Rights Respecting Schools
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.
The ‘Rights Respecting School’ award (RRSA) helps the pupils at Honeywell to grow into confident, caring and responsible global citizens. The pupils learn about their rights and their responsibilities.
We have now have received the Gold Award. Our Rights Respecting Ambassadors (children from each year group) meet to talk about the rights, the SDG goals and plan speaking at assemblies.
If any parents wish to get involved, please get in touch via email to email@example.com
TEDx Countdown Talks
Year 6 have been hard at work writing and presenting their own TED talks about climate change. The overall standard was extremely high, but only 3 children from each class progressed to the final stage of the competition. The finalists were:
Ivy (6K) Elias (6K) Victor (6K) Emma (6H) Dominic (6H) Daniel (6H)
Isaac K (6SD) Jake (6SD) Ada (6SD)
The overall winner was Victor from 6K. He becomes Honeywell’s first Climate Champion and was asked to write an article about his experience for the Week Junior magazine.