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Rights Respecting Children Award

Baylis Court School aims to be a school where children’s rights are at the heart of our ethos and culture, to improve well-being and to develop every child’s talents and abilities to their full potential.  As part of this plan we are working towards recognition as a ‘Rights Respecting School’, an award given to schools on behalf of Unicef UK.

Unicef is the world’s leading organisation working for children and young people and their rights. In 1989, governments across the world agreed that all children have the same rights by adopting the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). These rights are based on what a child needs to survive, grow, participate and fulfil their potential.

Baylis Court pupils will learn about their rights by putting them into practice every day. A Rights Respecting School models rights and respect in all its relationships.

We really hope that you will be able to support our school on our journey towards becoming a Unicef UK Rights Respecting School. It would be great if you could spend a few minutes reading through our questions & answers on the back of this letter, and also find a bit more about the Convention on the Rights of the Child by visiting unicef.org.uk/crc.

For further information about Rights Respecting Schools please visit: www.unicef.org.uk/rrsa

Becoming a Unicef UK Rights Respecting School
QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

It is an exciting time in the life of Baylis Court School. We have embarked on a journey which will benefit the whole school community, from pupils and staff to parents and governors. Here’s what we think you might like to know about it!

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As school leaders we think that…

What is a Unicef UK Rights Respecting School?

 

When schools get involved, the children learn about their rights by putting them into practice every day.

Children and adults will learn about the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) which outlines what children need to survive and thrive, becoming the best they can be and achieving their potential.

Why is this happening?

 

 

A Unicef UK Rights Respecting School models rights and respect in all its relationships, whether between adults and pupils, between pupils or between adults. It is proven to benefit everyone in the school community to grow and learn together. Read more about the Award at www.unicef.org.uk/rrsa

How will becoming a Rights Respecting School benefit my child(ren)?

 

This approach works in many schools across the country to improve well-being and develop every child’s talents and abilities to their full potential. Headteachers from schools involved in the Award say it has improved children’s and young people’s respect for themselves and others and contributed to children and young people being more engaged in their learning.

How can I get involved?

 

 

We hope you will support the school’s journey to become a Unicef UK Rights Respecting School. Please do read about the Convention and Unicef’s work (see below) to see what it’s all about!

What is the Convention on the Rights of the Child?

In 1989, governments worldwide promised all children the same rights by adopting the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. The Convention recognised that all children have the right to be treated with dignity and fairness, to be protected, to develop to their full potential and to participate. The rights in the Convention describe what a child needs to survive, grow, and live up to their potential in the world. They apply equally to every child, no matter who they are or where they come from.

The Convention changed the way children are viewed and treated – in other words, as human beings with a distinct set of rights instead of as passive objects of care and charity. It is the most widely ratified human rights treaty – only the United States has not ratified it. The UK signed up to it in 1991.

You can read more about it at www.unicef.org.uk/crc   and download a summary of the articles at bit.ly/CRC-over11

What is Unicef?

Unicef is the world's leading organisation for children and young people, promoting the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything they do. Together with their partners, Unicef works in 190 countries to translate that commitment into practical action.

Unicef UK is a registered charity. It raises funds through donations from individuals, organisations and companies and campaigns to keep children safe. Unicef UK also works with schools, hospitals and local authorities in the UK to put children at the heart of what they do.

To find out more about Unicef, go to www.unicef.org.uk

Please do get in touch with Mr Pightling if you would like to know more.

 

 

 

Steering Committee and the Baylis Charter of Rights

To help make Baylis Court School a 'Rights Respecting School', a Steering Committee of staff and students have been working hard to produce our very own Baylis Court Charter of Rights.

I would publicly like to thank the following for their hard work as Steering Committee Members: Miss Dobson, Miss Greatorex, Aarti Jaswal, Fejiro Efih, Saira Khan, Hana Khan, Ramsha Musrat, Budur Rajeh, Eman Huria, Amna Saeed, Amandeep Sangha, Simran Sehra, Dana Younes and Nada Mohammed.

In May 2017, all students have been voting on whether to 'approve' or 'reject' the Charter, just like in a referendum!

I can reveal the results are:

Approve the Baylis Charter of Rights 512 votes (91%)
Reject the Baylis Charter of Rights 50 votes (9%)

 

Both Mrs Ajose and our 2016-17 Head Girls, Amna Saeed and Hana Khan, have signed and ratified the Charter.

 

The Whole School Learning About Rights

 

This year, as part of our PSHE days, pupils have learned about what their rights are under UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, developed the ability to identify when rights are not being respected and how, as well as producing and delivering a presentation on why the rights of children are important.

 

Baylis Court School Charter of Rights

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UNICEF Date  
Baylis Court School Charter 23rd Jun 2017 Download

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