UNICEF Rights, Respecting Schools Award
The Rights Respecting Schools Award is a Unicef UK programme that aims to put children’s rights at the heart of schools in the UK. Unicef with thousands of schools across the country to embed children’s rights in their ethos and culture to improve well-being and develop every child’s talents and abilities to their full potential. At Emsworth Primary School we have started our journey of working towards this award, with the first step being The Recognition of Commitment. Schools who worked on these principles report the following;
'All staff noted major improvements in pupils’ self esteem, behaviour, relationships with one another and with staff, and the absence of bullying. Pupils interviewed felt valued and listened to, and acknowledged that staff were genuinely concerned for the well being of the pupils in the school. Pupils also reported a sense of security within their schools brought about by a consistent school-wide approach in terms of the rights-respecting language used and in terms of the expectations of behaviour placed on them by adults in the school. They also frequently mentioned their increased capacity to resolve their own disagreements.'
We will keep you updated about the process but in the meantime please follow this link for further information:
We are pleased to announce that we have been awarded our Recognition of Commitment.
In June 2017 we will be assessed by a rights and respecting assessor and they will talk to pupils, staff and parents to explore how the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child has been introduced to the school and what the impact has been. Our Pupil Governors have worked as part of a steering group with governors and staff to gather evidence and plan our journey towards achieving this next step.
Staff and students from Bourne Community College visited us in May to speak about their journey as a Rights Respecting School. They presented to staff and students about their achievements. Charlie Cluff, Head of Art, talked about the Textile Display in Reception completed with Year 9 students; Freya McCauleyWright and Georgia Cooper, Year 8, shared what it was like to work with staff on developing the Bourne Identity; Niki Baker, Pastoral Manager, enthused about the difference this process had made to staff, students and parents and Elise Williams, Year 9, reported on the success of China Day in January. We are now looking at further collaborations between the two school communities. Our Pupil Governors are hoping to visit the Bourne to see some of their work for themselves.