Rights Respecting Schools Award.
At Marr College, we are working towards achieving the UNICEF Rights Respecting Schools Award. UNICEF is the organisation working specifically for children and their rights. Its mission is to campaign for the protection of children’s rights in order to meet children’s basic needs and empower them to realise their full potential.
UNICEF UK believes that these values should be embedded in the ethos and curriculum of our schools.
In a rights respecting school, children learn about their rights and responsibilities. They learn that if they have rights, they need to respect the rights of others too.
In signing the Convention on the Rights of the Child all Governments have a responsibility to make both children and adults aware of these rights. There are 42 rights of a child (articles) in the convention covering things such as; children having the right to education (article 27) and children have the right to be protected at all times (article 19).
Research has shown that when children have learnt about their rights and responsibilities they have :
The aim of both RRS and the school is to help children in achieving their potential and become responsible citizens. What is taught in the RRS curriculum helps children learn respect for self, others, critical thinking skills and informed decision-making.
Each group will receive a bundle of cards
Opening up learning through enquiry and the exploration of ideas.
Learning the confidence to ask questions and learn through discussion.
A chance to speak and be heard without fear of getting an answer wrong.
A chance to think outside the box
“What is Philosophy? It’s “thinking about thinking”: that’s a philosophical answer! I enjoy philosophy, you learn to argue properly and expand your thinking skills. You study different types of people and different topics, and express your views in class discussions.” (Mark)
“By studying the way others think you begin to understand your own thinking better, which is beneficial in other subjects as well as in life. I can feel and see the impact it has had not only on myself but on my classmates. In Philosophy we are not afraid others will ridicule our ideas, it is a safe place where we are not afraid to be wrong”