What is a Rights Respecting School?
UNICEF, the United Nations International Children’s Fund, is the world’s leading organisation for children. Their work is based upon the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. This is a document that ensures the countries signed up to it, of which the UK is one, recognise 43 child rights. The convention outlines that every child, regardless of who they are or where they live, grows up safe, healthy and happy.
At OSPA we have just begun our Rights Respecting School Journey having received our Recognition of Commitment in December, 2016. We are currently working towards Level one. We have placed the values and principles of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child at the heart of our academy ethos. Through the curriculum children are increasingly more aware of their rights and how they can respect these. Over time pupils will be able to make more informed decisions about their learning, health and well-being and become globally aware citizens.
Class Charters are a central part of classroom culture at OSPA. Each class decided on the rights that were most important within their classrooms and created their own class charter. The charters help everyone, including staff who are recognised as duty bearers, to understand how they can respect their rights.