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Unicef UK’s Rights Respecting Schools Newsletter – March 2017


The UN Convention of the Rights of the Child is firmly embedded in what we do at Shaftesbury and this can be seen in our planning, policies, practice and ethos.

Shaftesbury achieved Level 1 of the RRSA in November 2016. Our aim is to now work towards and achieve Level 2.

The Rights Respecting School not only teaches the students about childrens’ rights but supports them to transfer this knowledge into everyday life. This can be seen in students’ participation in their Annual Review and EHCP meetings where their views are central to the targets set and decisions made.

As part of our RRSA work we have a ‘Steering Group’ made up of students and staff who meet every two weeks to discuss and plan what we are doing and what we need to do to ensure that Children’s Rights are central to life at Shaftesbury. The students who sit on the ‘Steering Group’ are referred to as Rights Ambassadors.

We also model rights and respect in all our relationships: between teachers/adults & pupils, between adults and between pupils.

As part of our determination to embed childrens’ rights and responsibilities into the Shaftesbury community we use the language of rights and responsibilities throughout the curriculum.

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Unicef PDF detailing the journey towards Rights Respecting Schools award, level 2.

Summary PDF of the articles in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child

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