Since September 2022, children and staff have been working hard towards achieving our Silver Award: Rights Aware. Being Rights Aware is the second stage of the Rights Respecting Schools Award. To achieve the Silver Award, we had to show good progress towards embedding children’s rights in our school policies, practices and ethos.
We are incredibly proud to have been awarded the UNICEF UK RRSA Silver: Rights Aware School in July 2023.
A Rights Respecting School is a community where children's rights are learned, taught, practised, respected, protected and promoted.
The United Nations Convention of the Rights of the Child outlines 42 Rights which all children should be given equal access to.
Grown ups, known as duty bearers, have a responsibility to ensure that all children are able to access these rights at all times. Children are encouraged to share their ideas and opinions using their pupil voice.
At Vauvert we use the tagline, ‘Be respectful. Be honest. Be the best you can be.’ We promote respect and the children learn what this means and how to show it. We have our Rights mascot bunny who encourages the children to show respectful behaviour also.
All children and staff at Vauvert have agreed to a school charter (an agreement made by all children and staff) to respect the following rights:
Article 12 – We have the right to have our views and ideas listened to.
Article 19 – We have the right to be safe.
Article 24 – We have the right to clean water, healthy food and a clean environment where we can learn.
Article 28 – We have the right to learn.
Article 29 – We have the right to access our talents and be encouraged to fulfil our true abilities.
Article 31 – We have the right to play, relax and take part in creative activities.