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UNICEF - Rights Respecting Schools Award (RRSA)

Being a Rights Respecting School means that we have embedded the ethos that all children have rights which must be respected. The United Nations Convention of Rights of the Child (UNCRC) are paramount and underpin all that we do, enabling children and adults to understand their value and worth.

All the policies, school development plan, subject action plans, whole school plans and enrichment days include references to the rights of the child, demonstrating that these UNCRC values support all we do as staff, pupils and as a school community.

Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School has been awarded its Recognition of Commitment Award.

Article 2-All children have these rights, no matter who they are.

Class Charters:
Every class has a charter, which is a set of promises which have been agreed by the adults and children within each class. The charters are linked to the different articles in the UNCRC and support the philosophy of Rights and Respecting.

Article 29- Your education should help you use and develop your talents and abilities. It should also help you learn to live peacefully, protect the environment and respect other people.

Rights Respecting Events:
Throughout the year, Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School takes part in many events and fundraising opportunities to support our local, national and global communities.

As part of our Harvest Celebrations we collect large amounts of food donations for our local food bank and at Advent and Lent our fundraising usually goes to CAFOD for our global neighbours.

Articles and Us: 
As part of our practice we underpin and link all we do to the UNCRC articles of children’s rights. As a school, our School Development Plan and  Policies are all linked to articles from the Convention. The children and staff are able to link all they do to how it relates to the rights of the child.

Article 42- You have the right to know your rights!

Adults should know about these rights and help you learn about them, too.

Pupil Voice:  
Pupil voice is valued at Sacred Heart and we have a range of Child led teams to ensure the children of our school are given representation of their opinions and ideas. We have House Captains, School Council, Eco Monitors, Digital Leaders, RRSA steering group and a Chaplaincy Team who all work along side adults to bring the best to our school.

Article 12-You have the right to give your opinion, and for adults to listen and take it seriously