Rights Respecting School

AssemblyIn June 2010, St Columba's High School became the first secondary school to gain Level 1 of the Rights Respecting School Award.

The Rights Respecting Schools Award (RRSA) recognises achievement in putting the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) at the heart of a school’s planning, policies, practice and ethos. A rights-respecting school not only teaches about children’s rights but also models rights and respect in all its relationships: between teachers / adults and pupils, between adults and between pupils.

Children and young people play an active role in their school becoming rights-respecting. The RRSA provides a framework for pupil participation based on the Convention. Adults are encouraged to work with children and young people in an inclusive way to ensure their views are heard and valued in decision making which affects them.

In a rights-respecting school, participation runs like a thread through all aspects of school life. For young people, knowing that they have the right to be heard in decisions which affect them boosts their self-confidence. This opens the way to developing and applying the skills, language and concepts that allow them to realise their rights and to advocate for the rights of children everywhere.

In St Columba's we have a very active and participative school group, highly involved in the decision making process of the schoool. The group are involved in leading assemblies, negotiating with teachers and school leaders on behalf of their peers, raising awareness of current issues to their peers and promoting Rights Respecting work.

The group is always keen to welcome new members. If you feel that you would like to be involved in our group, please contact any member of the Rights Respecting group or Miss Goodfellow.

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