UNDERSTANDING THE RIGHTS OF THE CHILD
The RRSA recognises achievement in putting the Convention on the Rights of the Child at the heart of a school’s planning, policies, practice and ethos. By taking these steps, a school community helps improve well-being and develop every child’s talents and abilities to their potential. A rights respecting school not only teaches about child rights but also models rights and respect in all its relationships:
between teachers, adults and pupils,
and between pupils.
Across the UK, the RRSA is being successfully implemented in early years settings, primary schools, secondary schools, special schools, and pupils in referral units.
To be accredited as rights-respecting, a school must show evidence that it has reached all four of the standards:
1. Rights-respecting values underpin leadership and management;
2. The whole-school community learns about the Convention;
3. There is a rights-respecting ethos;
4. Children are empowered to become active citizens and learners.
RORY: OUR RIGHTS RESPECTING RHINO
'Rory the Rhino' is our Rights Respecting Mascot at Burlais Primary School. He was created by the children and is a symbol of the Rights of each child within our school. Rory represents the unique voices of all of our pupils and champions the views and opinions of all children.
Whenever you see a picture of Rory the Rhino on our School Website or on displays and classroom doors around our schools, it means that another one of the Rights of our pupils are being met. You can also look out for the UNICEF message next to Rory's picture which lets you know which right is being represented.
Pupils at Burlais Primary School have worked together to decide what is most important to them and their learning at school. Each class has its own 'Class Charter' which establishes the 'Rights' and 'Shoulds' of the classroom. We have put the ideas of all pupils together to create a charter which represents everybody and is inclusive.