UNICEF Rights Respecting School Award
Dorothy Barley Infant School aims to be a school where every aspect of a child is focused on and developed, including the area of well-being. We wish our children to be respectful, resilient and reflective learners. In July 2018 our school achieved the Rights Respecting School Silver Award. This is an award which is given to schools on behalf of UNICEF.
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) is helping our children to grow into confident, caring and responsible young citizens both in school and within the wider community. By learning about their rights our children will also learn about the importance of respecting the rights of others i.e. their responsibilities.
At Dorothy Barley Infants, the children are encouraged to reflect on how their behaviour and actions affect those around them, which allows us to build and maintain a positive and safe learning environment for all, both in the classroom and around the outdoor learning environment. In consultation with pupils and staff, class charters have been developed, outlining rights and responsibilities for our school community.
Each class has two Rights Respecting Ambassadors in Reception and Key Stage One.
These ambassadors meet regularly with other members of the school community to plan projects for the coming months, such as ShoeShare and Soccer Aid.
To achieve the Silver Award, the school provided evidence of good practice in four areas (Standards):
Standard A: Rights respecting values underpin leadership and management
- The School Learning Plan was put together with all the school team including the Governors. There is a strong focus on inclusion and the school has embedded the Achievement for All programme across the school in every year group. We have a nurture room for children and also have an Art Therapist who supports identified children.
- The school has forged strong community links with the older population, who visit the school on a regular basis as well as the children visiting them in their home, often to sing for them.
Standard B: The whole school community learns about the convention of the rights of the child
- The children are able to talk about their class charters and how it relates to children’s relationships in school.
- We have worked with parents, inviting them to attend various school activities and school trips, using public transport.
- Parents regularly come to class assemblies, science days and Sports Day.
- School assembly themes are based around the articles of the convention and provide a variety of opportunities for children to participate. Each month, an assembly is dedicated to the Article of the Month. Rights are taught mainly through Circle Time, PSHE and R.E. There are also strong links to International Week and Healthy Schools Week.
Standard C: The school has a rights respecting ethos
- Our children are confident and are able to talk about who can help them when there is a problem.
- A range of strategies have been implemented to ensure a safe and healthy environment, including visits from the NSPCC, the Nurture Room and classes using ‘Feelings Flowers’ to talk about how they feel each day.
Standard D: Children are empowered to become active citizens and learners
- The children have led initiatives such as Soccer Aid, Comic Relief, Sport Relief, Jeans for Genes and Shoe Share to raise money/ collect footwear for charities.
- The children also support local food banks by donating food at Harvest Festival.
- The Rights Respecting Ambassadors take ideas to their classes, and are able to discuss ideas put forward by the children during Ambassador Meetings.
- We are now working towards deepening and widening the knowledge and understanding of articles across the whole school community.
- We also wish to enable the children to look at global issues from a rights respecting perspective.
- We will continue to support adults and children in the use of language which emphasises respect for rights.
- The school will develop international links with schools in Germany, Pakistan and USA