Rights Respecting School
Heathland School is a Rights Respecting School
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.
A three year qualitative study by researchers at the Universities of Sussex and Brighton found that ‘The RRSA has had a profound effect on the majority of the schools involved in the programme.’
Heathland RRS Document (PDF)
RRSA Letter for Parents
RRSA Booklet for Parents
Heathland School receives Unicef UK Award Level 2!
Heathland School has been awarded a Level 2 Rights Respecting School Award by Unicef UK.
The Level 2 Award is the highest accolade given by Unicef UK and shows a deep and thorough commitment to children’s rights at all levels of school life.
Heathland has been working with Unicef UK since September 2011 and we received our Level 1 certificate in July 2014. We were awarded with the Level 2 certificate at an event to mark our achievement on Friday 16th October. Gareth Thomas, MP was invited to watch the Year 2 pupils in a production called ‘Harvest Hope’and presented the certificate to pupils at the end of the show.
Mr Spruce said: “Achieving this Level 2 award is a milestone in the story of our school. Actively respecting our rights together has enabled us to build a caring and happy community with impeccable conduct and strong relationships that supports outstanding learning.” Unicef UK Rights Respecting Schools Programme Director, Frances Bestley, said: “It’s Fantastic to see how the school has promoted RRS with other schools. The school has great involvement of pupils in school operational matters. This highlights the impact that being a RRS can have on all aspects of school life”.
Below are letters of congratulations from UNICEF to our pupils and staff on their success when our Level 1 Award was received.
Letter to Pupils
Letter to Staff
The end of last year saw the 25th anniversary of UNICEF. To celebrate this, UNICEF ran a national campaign called ‘Outright’.
Children in Years 2 and 3 were asked to design a poster showing their favourite right and children in Years 4,5 and 6 were asked to write to their Parliamentary Minister. They had to explain a little about themselves, why they thought children’s rights were important and asking the Minister what his favourite right is.
Click the links below to see the winning poster by Layla, Portia Class and an example of the letters written to the Minister.