At KTS, one of our central principles is ‘Always Respect Yourself and Others’.
By doing this, we are embracing the UNICEF Convention on the Rights of the Child.
The UNICEF UK Rights Respecting Schools Award (RRSA) is based on principles of equality, dignity, respect, non-discrimination and participation. The RRSA seeks to put the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child at the heart of a school’s ethos and culture to improve well-being and develop every child’s talents and abilities to their full potential. A rights-respecting school is a community where children’s rights are learned, taught, practised, respected, protected and promoted. Young people and the school community learn about children’s rights by putting them into practice every day
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 Academy are committed to the principles contained in the RRSA. Students learn about children’s rights through lessons and assemblies. Assemblies and many PSHE lessons are based on a ‘Right of the Week’ which is written in child friendly language. Where appropriate, children are encouraged to use language associated with their rights. The Student Council meets regularly and acts 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 2019, we became a Gold Rights Respecting School, the highest stage of the Award, meaning we have fully embedded children's rights throughout our school's policy, practice and ethos. This was confirmed in a reaccreditation ‘visit’ in 2022.
Particular strengths of the school identified in the 2022 report were:
We are one of only two schools in Redcar and Cleveland to have achieved the Gold Award.
Chris Race (RRSA Co-ordinator)
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