The Phoenix Academy
Rights Respecting School Award
Rights Respecting School
At The Phoenix Academy we have been learning about the Unicef Rights of the Child by working with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). This document outlines the rights children have regardless of where they live. We know that all children have these rights which guarantee them what they need to survive, grow, participate and fulfil their potential. Unfortunately, for some children these rights are denied. We have also learned about the responsibilities we have to ensure that these rights are met and have received recognition.
The school is aiming to gain Level 1 reaccreditation by putting the Convention on the Rights of the Child at the heart of our planning, policies, practice and ethos. By taking these steps, we are helping improve well-being and develop every child’s talents and abilities to their potential. A rights respecting school not only teaches about child rights but also models rights and respect in all of its relationship: between teachers/adults and pupils, between adults and between pupils.
Our rights respecting school is one where:
- Young people gain self-esteem by learning about rights they have from birth
- Children learn the difference between wants and needs
- Young people learn that rights bring responsibilities for adults and children
- Everyone learns to use the language of rights, respect and responsibility
- Children become active global citizens
- Young people learn rights respecting behaviour and language
- Children gain a powerful voice