UNICEF - Rights Respecting School

What is the Rights Respecting Schools Award?

The Unicef UK Rights Respecting Schools Award (RRSA) supports schools across the UK to embed children’s human rights in their ethos and culture. The award recognises achievement in putting the UN Convention on the Right of the Child (UNCRC) at the heart of a school’s practice to improve well-being and help all children and young people realise their potential.

The award is based on principles of equality, dignity, respect, non-discrimination and participation. The initiative started in 2006 and schools involved in the Award have reported a positive impact on relationships and well-being, leading to better learning and behaviour, improved academic standards and less bullying.

Our Rights Respecting School Journey so far

Selly Oak Nursery school have been working very hard over the last few years to become a silver aware school. We have been assessed in June 2018 and are proud to have been recognised as a silver aware school. This means that we have

  • Embedded the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in our policy, practice and culture.

  • Promoted knowledge and understanding of the Convention throughout our school community.

  • Have empowered children and young people to begin to see themselves as rights respecting global citizens and advocate fairness and children’s rights, both locally and globally.

Click here, If you would like to read the assessment report for our silver award.

Unicef at Selly Oak Nursery School

The children have been learning about Article 27 'a Right to a house/shelter'. The children have been talking about their homes and learning about why it is important to have a shelter/house.

"We need a house to keep us warm"

"If we didn't have a house we would be lost"

"I would feel sad if I didn't have a house"

The children have been looking after our Rights Respecting Puppet 'Ricky Rabbit'. The children have been creating their own houses/shelters for Ricky using blocks, wood and sticks. The children have made sure that Ricky Rabbit has healthy food and clean water.

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Food Bank

Article 24: A Right to good quality health care, to clean water and good food.

We work with our local food bank called the 'B30 Foodbank' which operates from Cotteridge Church. Working with the B30 food bank is very important to us as it helps our community and local families. Families in need are given vouchers to use at the foodbank and receive 3 days of emergency food.

We have a yearly collection for the food bank. Families can bring in donations at any time to nursery.

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