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Rights Rangers

Article 2

All children have these rights, no matter who they are, where they live, what their parents do, what language they speak, what their religion is, whether they are a boy or a girl, what their culture is, whether they have a disability, whether they are rich or poor. No child should be treated unfairly on any basis.

Rights Rangers work as a team to help fellow pupils understand their rights under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) to help encourage rights respecting behaviour in our school. They work on a school, community, national and global scale to ensure the rights of children everywhere are being realised through a variety of activities. Their work helps put a rights respecting ethos at the centre of our school community, which is also essential to achieving the UNICEF Rights Respecting Schools Award.

The Rights Respecting Schools Award (RRSA) is an initiative from UNICEF which focuses on children and their rights. It enables communities to work together to ensure every child’s rights to survive and thrive are upheld. Parents, carers, children, school and community learning together is key to the success of this aspirational and timely initiative. The convention contains 54 rights respecting articles; articles 1 – 42 refer explicitly to the rights of children and are therefore our focus at Stanburn Primary School.

We have achieved the Bronze: Recognition of Commitment level, and are now working towards the Silver Award: Rights Aware.

The convention makes it clear what all of us involved in the lives of children must do so that:

At Stanburn, we have taken some of the articles, and the principles behind them, to create our own Rights and Responsibilities charter, which is at the heart of our Behaviour Policy. Pupils are encouraged to engage with these, and consider how they should consider the rights of others as well as themselves at all times.

What are the benefits? (Taken from the UNICEF website)

Evidence gathered from schools participating in the RRSA suggests that when the values of the UNCRC underpin the ethos and curriculum of a school, they have a significant, positive impact on important aspects of child well-being and school improvement. They also have a positive effect on the relationships, teaching approaches, attitudes and behaviour of everyone involved.

Teachers, children and parents have reported:

* Improved pupil self-esteem
* Pupils’ enhanced moral development
* Improved behaviour and relationships (reductions in bullying, exclusions and improved attendance)
* More positive attitudes towards diversity in society and the reduction of prejudice
* Pupils’ development as global citizens
* Overall school improvement (including learning environment and academic standards)’

This award scheme enables us to continue to prioritise this philosophy as a school, continuing to put the rights of our children, at the very heart of all we do.