Rights Respecting School

What is a Rights Respecting School?

The Rights Respecting Schools Awards supports schools to embed the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC or CRC) in their practice to improve well-being and help all children to realise their potential.
Together young people and the school community learn about children’s rights, putting them into practice every day.  The Award is not just about what children do but also, importantly, what adults do. In Rights Respecting Schools children’s rights are promoted and realised, adults and children work towards this goal together.
We are proud to say that we became a Gold Level Rights Respecting School.  The assessors commented on how impressed they were with the articulacy of the children, their knowledge about their rights and the understanding of their application within the school context and beyond.

Rights Respecting Team

Rights respecting vision
As a Gold Level Rights Respecting School we aim to maintain and permeate the following qualities/attributes through our key strengths:
• We are a passionate, confident and empathic school.
• We enable our learners to take control of their own learning.
• We pride ourselves in our children and adults who are very knowledgeable about the rights and understand their application within the school context and beyond.
• We apply strategies that are explicitly taught to build resilience to support learners to become more independent and life-long learners.
• We encourage learners to be willing, communicate, and organised in their learning environment.
• We celebrate cultural diversity and pride ourselves in one shared vision as one community.
• We empowered our children to take action and make a difference in our local and wider community.
• Our participation is extremely strong; all of our pupil voice groups, have an authentic approach to real life duties and important roles contributing to the schools vision and making a difference in our school as a whole, reflecting on everyday life and changes.
Gold level status
At Parkhill Junior School we embed the principles of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child into its ethos, melting curriculum, follow the four RRSA standards. We are extremely focused on the best interest of every child, considering the right if a child to survival and development. We empower every child to express their views freely and respectfully.

Our school ethos and pedagogy supports the current framework and schemes of work to allow each learner to take control of their own learning through real life experiences- in time allowing growth and understanding of becoming autonomous HPLs. (High Performance Learners)
Our pedagogy positively supports our vision and school ethos by implementing and contextualising attributes, attitudes, empathy, agility, and hard work.
The well-being of every child is our central point and it encourages positive relationships in and out of school. It inspires them to think, evaluate in how they think and learn. It helps them to make the right decision based upon the learning tools given. As well as feeling proud of their own achievements, the high performance values, attitudes and attributes are our way forward; it helps pupils show a particular pride in being a part of their school, local community and to the wider community. This promotes self-respect and respect for each other.

Quotes from around the school
Here are some of the views of the children about being a Rights Respecting School.  Parkhill Junior School is a Rights Respecting School because everyone listens to each others opinions no matter what race or religion they have. Roshmari 3O​ Being a Rights Respecting school, also has an impact on children’s behaviour as children understand it is their right to learn. Therefore, children remind each other of this in class if their peers are talking or trying to disturb them.  Miss Abbott