What is RRSA?
The RRSA (Rights Respecting Schools Award) is given by a charity called UNICEF.
UNICEF (United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund) work hard to help children and families all over the world. They work hard to ensure that all children can enjoy their rights by upholding the UNCRC. We all have rights and they cannot be taken away from us.
What is the UNCRC?
UNCRC stands for the United Nations Convention on the Rights of a Child.
It was created by UNICEF and it has 54 articles which outline all the rights the child has. It builds on the basic rights a child has;
Such as the right to;
Develop to the fullest
Protection from harmful influences, abuse and exploitation
Participate fully in family, cultural and social life
There are four main core principals to our work.
Why are we a Rights Respecting School?
We decided to become a Rights Respecting School because we want Baldwins Hill and Halsford Park to become a better place for everyone. We want to teach children about their rights and we want them to understand how to respect each other's rights and develop the responsibilities they have towards each other.
Rights Respecting learning makes us think more about other people and how our actions and words affect them.
We would like children and adults to look at their own behaviours and see how it affects other people and how they would feel if they were treated in a similar way.
We believe this is a very important skill for children to succeed in life and be happy.
How are we a Rights Respecting School?
We teach children about their rights. Every year each class makes a class charter. This charter is agreed and signed by the children and details how we will show respect for each other's rights.
At Baldwins Hill and Halsford Park we believe everything we do should be for the benefit of the children's development and their opinions can shape how we do things. Representatives are elected from each class to form the students section of the school's steering group.
We do lots of fundraising at Baldwins Hill and Halsford Park because we think it is very important to help out those who are not as fortunate as us; this is how we respect the right children have to their basic needs.
At Baldwins Hill and Halsford Park we love our diversity and because every child has the rights laid down in the convention we celebrate our diversity by learning about all the cultures, religions and celebrations that make up our great school. All our assemblies, PHSE and RE lessons are linked to the UNCRC.
How can you help?
At Baldwins Hill and Halsford Park we believe we are all partners in the children's future where we need to work together to ensure that children receive the best education possible.
As parents and carers it is your responsibility to help teach your child about their rights. You should talk to them about it and how important they are. Remember that the key message is that there must be respectful of each other’s rights.