Overview

St George’s School Edgbaston is committed to the United Nations Convention on the rights of the child (UNCRC), and we are extremely proud of our Gold Award as a Rights Respecting School.

In 1989, governments across the world adopted the UNCRC, recognising 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 Convention sets out the civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights that everyone under 18 is entitled to.

The Convention must be seen as a whole: all rights are linked and no right is more important than another; for example, the right to relax and play (Article 31) and the right to freedom of expression (Article 13) have equal importance as the right to be safe from violence (Article 19) and the right to education (Article 28)

About The Award

A rights respecting school puts the Children’s Rights Convention at the heart of a school’s culture and ethos to improve well-being and develop every child’s talents and abilities to their fullest potential.

The award is based on principles of equality, dignity, respect, non-discrimination and participation. The initiative started in 2006 and schools involved in the Award have reported a positive impact on relationships and well-being, leading to better learning and behaviour, improved academic standards and less bullying.

Steps to The Award

The Right Respecting Schools Award recognises achievement in putting the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) at the heart of a school’s planning, policies, practice and ethos.

For a school to receive accreditation, it must evidence that it has reached the three RRSA Strands.

The Different Levels of the Award

Schools involved in the Rights Respecting Schools Award work towards three levels: