Rights Respecting School

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The Rights Respecting School pupil-led steering group has been working hard towards being ready for the UNICEF Level 1 Rights Respecting School Assessment since Autumn 2015.

This assessment will now take place all day on Thursday 5th October.

We would therefore like to take this opportunity to get you up to speed with the progress made so far.

Actions taken

Visible presence around the school:

  • Banner in school canteen.
  • School charter on UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) in every classroom.
  • Certain wall displays – RRS display outside drama near Talla Mhor, RME classroom display, PE displays.
  • All staff have been asked to use RRS email signature with Article 3 displayed.
  • Design and Technology have manufactured plastic signs linking each department to a UNCRC article.
  • Several classrooms have posters from the Children’s Parliament which were handed out during the CPD event previously mentioned.

 

Raising pupil awareness:

Assemblies

  • Several assemblies have made pupils aware of the Convention. In December 2015, the Rights Respecting School steering group led assemblies introducing pupils to the award.
  • In Autumn 2016, the steering group led assemblies on the World’s Largest Lesson, making links with the Convention.
  • More recently, chaplaincy assemblies have made links with the Convention whilst launching the 2017 Blythswood Care Shoebox Appeal.
  • To be completed: week commencing 25/10 the steering group will lead this year’s World’s Largest Lesson, having worked with the school’s TV club and other pupils in the school to create a video.

Events

  • In Spring 2017, the steering group held a blue-themed bake sale to raise money for Water Aid.
  • The steering group also ran a tea and coffee stall at a PTA car boot sale in Spring 2017 to raise money for FairTrade, in association with the local Co-operative branch.
  • Current S2 and S3 pupils experienced a Rights Respecting Schools day in S1. Visiting speakers included delegates from Save the Children, Children’s Parliament, Children’s Hearings Panel, Water Aid, the Procurator Fiscal, a school chaplain, Action for Children, and Children 1st. There was also input from English, Drama, Modern Languages, PE, and RME teachers.
  • Current S2 pupils had the option of attending The Right Click Internet Safety Matters workshop run by BT in conjunction with UNICEF in March 2017.
  • 1-6i3 i-time classes answered pupil questionnaires about RRS in Autumn 2015 and again in September 2017.

Lessons

  • Pupils in the current S2 studied various elements of the Convention in PSE through “i-time” periods last year.
  • Each department has completed a curriculum audit, highlighting when in their curricula they touch on issues related to various articles of the UNCRC.
  • To be completed: All S1-3 pupils will learn about the UNCRC as part of their Citizenship curriculum this year in i-time.
  • To be completed: All S1-3 pupils will take part in a series of lessons in i-time following on from the World’s Largest Lesson assembly.

 

Raising staff awareness:

  • Staff have been made aware of the Convention through assemblies.
  • Staff questionnaires were issued at the start of process in Autumn 2015, and again in Autumn 2017.
  • Information was also given in a presentation about the Rights Respecting School award at a Whole Staff Meeting in November 2016.
  • More than twenty members of staff attended a lunchtime CPD session with the Children’s Parliament.
  • Each department has completed a curriculum audit, highlighting when in their curricula they touch on issues related to various articles of the UNCRC.

 

Raising parent awareness:

  • RRS steering group have had an information stall at the school’s open evening for the past two years.
  • The Rights Respecting School steering group met with the Parent-Teacher Association and presented the school’s work towards gaining the award.
  • Parents of S1 pupils were invited to the Right Click Internet Safety Matters workshop run by BT in conjunction with UNICEF in March 2017.
  • The Rights Respecting School steering group ran a coffee and cake stall at a Parent-Teacher Association car boot sale in March 2017.

For more information click on the links to the left

Links:

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