At KTS, one of our central principles is ‘Always Respect Yourself and Others’.
By doing this, we are embracing the United Nations Children's Emergency Fund’s Convention on the Rights of the Child.
The UNICEF UK Rights Respecting Schools Award (RRSA) supports schools across the UK to embed children’s human rights in their ethos and culture. The award recognises achievement in putting the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) at the heart of a school’s practice to improve well-being and help all children realise their potential. Our own government has signed up to support the Convention.
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.
The staff at KTS are committed to the principles contained in the RRSA. Students learn about the award through lessons and assemblies. Assemblies and many PSHE lessons are based on a ‘Right for the Week’ which is written in child friendly language. Where appropriate, children are encouraged to use language associated with their rights. The Student Council meet regularly and act as the RRSA Steering Group. This group identifies ways rights are upheld around the school and beyond. Students are also encouraged to think of the rights and needs of other children around the world.
In 2016, KTS Academy achieved the RRSA Recognition of Commitment and in 2017, we achieved Level 1 of the award, now called Silver - Rights Aware. In 2019, we achieved the third stage of the Award, achieving Gold, meaning we have fully embedded children's rights throughout our school's policy, practice and ethos.
Particular strengths of the school include:
• A strong and powerful ethos underpinned and driven by children’s rights which empowers children and young people as advocates for themselves and others.
• Confident and articulate pupils who are able to talk about rights, and to connect their understanding to their own lives and the lives of other children around the world.
• Respectful and positive relationships across the whole school community.
• Pupil voice that is encouraged, respected and acted upon, resulting in pupils feeling valued and supported.’
We are the only school in Redcar and Cleveland and Middlesbrough to have achieved the Gold Award. In October 2019, KTS will play host to the next East Cleveland Children’s Council meeting at which we have been asked to share our good practice with other schools in the area. It is hoped that we can inspire other schools to become Rights Respecting Schools and/or go for Gold.
Chris Race (RRSA Co-ordinator)
Please click on the link below for more information or read the guide provided below.
Our pupils learn about their rights through activities and particpation at KTS. Here you can see some examples of pupils enjoying their rights.
In February 2019, members of the RRSA steering group delivered 80 pairs of shoes to Clarks shoe shop in Guisborough as part of the Unicef ShoeShare appeal. ShoeShare is a campaign in partnership with the Rights Respecting Schools Award and Clarks Shoes. This partnership began in May 2017 and so far over 300 schools have taken part. Last year, our pupils delivered shoes to the appeal, and we aim to do the same again next year.
KTS pupils learn about First Aid through practical sessions.