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Rights Respecting Schools

Steering Committee Minutes

Leyburn Community Primary School aims to be a school where every aspect of a child is focused on and developed, including the area of wellbeing. As part of our school’s aims to promote a happy and successful school, we are working towards recognition as a “Rights Respecting School”. This is an award which is given to schools on behalf of UNICEF.

 UNICEF is the world’s leading organisation working for children and their rights. In 1989, governments worldwide promised all children the same rights by adopting the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). These rights are based on what a child needs to survive, grow, participate and fulfil their potential.

 The ‘Rights Respecting School’ award (RRSA) will help our pupils to grow into confident, caring and responsible young citizens both in school and within the wider community. By learning about their rights our pupils, your children, also learn about the importance of respecting the rights of others i.e. their responsibilities.

 Leyburn Community Primary School pupils are encouraged to reflect on how their behaviour and actions affect those around them, which allows us to build and maintain a positive and safe learning environment for all, both in the classroom and around the school grounds. In preparation for the launch of RRSA, and in consultation with pupils and staff at all levels, class charters have been developed, which outline expectations in the classroom. RRSA links with our School Values, Restorative Practices and the work we do promoting Global Citizenship and Equal Opportunities and supports our Heritage Schools program. 

Over the coming term, we will be holding a competition to design out very own  Rights Respecting School mascot  This will then become an important part of school life, which will be displayed all around the school. 

 Our Rights Respecting Champions took on their roles in Y5. Their role is to make sure that every child within our school feels as though they have a ‘voice’ and that they are listened to and treated fairly. Alongside the Team Captains at our family forums, the Rights Respecting Champions help to ensure that children’s rights are at the heart of everything we do.

  If you would like more information about the work of UNICEF or a Rights Respecting School then please visit the UNICEF website which can be accessed here.

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