Rights Respecting Schools Award 

It was clear from speaking to staff, parents and the SLT, that the school values their involvement with RRSA and could link this with their vision for school improvement (Silver Accreditation Visit - Nov 2021)

 What is the Rights Respecting Schools Award?

The Rights Respecting Schools Award puts children’s rights at the heart of schools in the UK.

Unicef works with schools in the UK to create safe and inspiring places to learn, where children are respected, their talents are nurtured and they are able to thrive. Our Rights Respecting Schools Award embeds these values in daily school life and gives children the best chance to lead happy, healthy lives and to be responsible, active citizens.

Using the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) as a guide, Unicef are working with more UK schools than almost any other organisation. Over 1.6 million children in the UK go to a Rights Respecting School and nearly 5,000 schools up and down the country are working through the Award. Schools work with us on a journey to become fully Rights Respecting.

The Award recognises a school’s achievement in putting the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child into practice within the school and beyond.

Talking about being Rights Respecting

Silver - Rights Aware

At Woodlands we are very proud to be  Silver: Rights Aware

Much work around wellbeing, inclusion, equality and diversity supported the school on their RRSA journey, with this work highlighted as a key area of strength (Silver Accreditation Visit - Nov 2021)

  • We are explicitly embedding the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in our policy, practice and culture.
  • We are promoting knowledge and understanding of the Convention throughout our Woodlands community
  • We are beginning to see the positive impact of these actions on children and young people, staff, and on Academy ethos, practice and environment.
  • Children at Woodlands are beginning to see themselves as rights respecting global citizens and advocates for fairness and children’s rights, both locally and globally.

Children understood that adults in the school support them to enjoy their rights. Children agreed they are cared for, listened to, and respected. Relationships across the school are positive and based on mutual respect.

(Silver Accreditation Visit - Nov 2021)

What next?

We are currently working towards our gold accreditation. If you want to be part of our Steering Group in school, helping us to embed the UNCRC across Woodlands then please contact Miss Humble or Mrs Grant in school. We'd love to have you on board.