Rights Respecting School Award – we’re going for Silver now!

We achieved our bronze award last session which recognised our commitment  to children’s rights.  We are now aiming for our silver award.  This involves meeting a number of criteria in different categories to demonstrate our commitment and ongoing work to promote children’s right.  We have to demonstrate the following:

  • that right respecting values underpin the leadership and management of the school.
  • that the whole school community learns about the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
  • The school has a rights respecting ethos.

How do we do this?

  • When we are deciding on our priorities for improvements we take into account the views of all – staff pupils and parents.  We do this through questionnaires and focus groups.  All the pupils who participate in our focus groups tell us that this is an important thing to do, they enjoy the process and think we should keep doing it.  We have most recently utilised Google apps to make this more efficient and ensure more young people can participate.  Our new approach to the student council has been welcomed by the pupils and provides another leadership opportunity for our school House Captains which they have fully embraced.  Through the Student Council we encourage all young people to express their views, through their class reps, and shape the future developments in the school.
  • All young people learn about the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child through lessons in social subjects.  We have an active Global Goals Group which meets weekly for young people interested in promoting rights and they did a lot of work last year on fair trade and promoted this with our primary schools and their own class mates.  This work has been recognised by Aberdeen City Council:  the group has been shortlisted for the “Children’s Champion” Award in the Aberdeen Children and Young People’s Awards which take place on 28 September 2017.  This year we are asking more departments to get involved by “adopting” one of the rights as part of their work.  We have begun this with a competition designed by the young people.
  • We believe we have always had a positive and rights respecting ethos.  Evidence of this has come from parents, pupils and staff.  Through our curriculum we try to ensure we have pathways for all learners.  We provide a range of extra curricular learning and encourage and support young people to get involved in sporting, citizenship and work and enterprise opportunities  in the school and the wider community.  This was praised by Education Scotland when they visited the school in 2015.   Our school fund supports learning in and out of school to make sure that no youngster misses out on any opportunity.  We will be working to further improve participation using money from our Pupil Equity Fund.

We are hopeful that all our work will be recognised by the assessors at their visit in October.

For information about the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), Fairtrade or the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) then click on the links below:

Unicef https://www.unicef.org.uk/

Children and Young People’s Commissioner for Scotland https://www.cypcs.org.uk/

2018 Year of Young People http://yoyp2018.scot/

Childline https://www.childline.org.uk/

Save the Children http://www.savethechildren.org.uk/about-us/what-we-do/child-rights/un-convention-on-the-rights-of-the-child

Fairtrade Foundation http://www.fairtrade.org.uk/

Aberdeen for a Fairer World http://www.afairerworld.org.uk/

The Sustainable Development Goals https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/?menu=1300

Launchpad https://launchpad.unicef.org.uk/

The World’s Largest Lesson /http://worldslargestlesson.globalgoals.org/

Unicef UK’s OutRight 2016 Campaign

Unicef UK’s OutRight 2016 Campaign

The S1 Modern Stunicef-1udies classes have been completing a unit on children’s rights around the world and as part of this they have been working on Unicef UK’s OutRight Campaign. Their task was to promote articles 10 and 22* of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) and highlight their views about the refugee crisis to the Home Secretary (Amber Rudd unicef-3) and their local MP (Alex Salmond).

Throughout the unit pupils completed activities about the rights of children around the world and examples of how these rights were not being met.

The culmination of the unit was to take part in the OutRight 2016 campaign and pupils took the opportunity to get creative. They showed a range of skills including team work, leadership,unicef-4 critical thinking and digital literacy, the work produced was outstanding (and came completely from the pupils). Staff are very proud of the achievements and the videos can be seen on the Modern Studies twitter page @BODAMods.

Rights Respecting Award

Rights Respecting Award

Nearly half of all deaths in children under the age of 5 are attributable to under nutrition. This accounts for approximately 3 million young lives a year. The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) came into force over 25 years ago yet there are still chilmrs-mcwilliamdren all over the world who are denied their basic, fundamental rights as a child – as a human being. The Rights Respecting Schools Award (RRSA) is a Unicef UK programme which aims to support schools across the country to embed children’s human rights in their ethos and culture. 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. In order for Bridge of Don Academy to achieve this Award there are 4 criteria that we as a school have to meet: rights-respecting values underpin leadership and management, the whole community learns about the UNCRC, the school has a rights-respecting ethos and children are empowered to become active citizens and learners. We have already begun taking steps to meet these aims, for instance, our Headteacher has presented assemblies to each year group informing the pupils about the UNCRC and detailing the basis of the Rights Respecting Award. In addgggition, a “Global Goals Group” has been formed within the school which aims to raise awareness and implement the values of the Convention. We have already sent out questionnaires to pupils regarding their knowledge of rights and the Award and are making plans towards creating a display board showcasing children’s rights. However, in order for our school to achieve this Award we need YOUR help and support! We need pupils, staff, parents and the community to become involved and support this cause as, while it may seem small, it is another step towards securing human rights for everybody across the world.