UN Rights Respecting School


UN Rights Respecting School

The Phoenix Private School aims to be a school where every aspect of a child is focused on and developed, including the area of wellbeing. As part of our school’s aims to promote a happy and successful school, we are working towards aligning to the UN “Rights Respecting School”. This is an award which is given to schools on behalf of UNICEF in UK and is not currently available Internationally, however, as a school we feel the value of it will benefit our students in becoming better learners and people in general.

UNICEF is the world’s leading organisation working for children and their rights. In 1989, governments worldwide promised all children the same rights by adopting the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). These rights are based on what a child needs to survive, grow, participate and fulfil their potential.

The ‘Rights Respecting School’ award (RRSA) helps students to grow into confident, caring and responsible young citizens both in school and within the wider community. By learning about their rights our students, your children, also learn about the importance of respecting the rights of others i.e. their responsibilities.

Our students are encouraged to reflect on how their behaviour and actions affect those around them, which allows us to build and maintain a positive and safe learning

environment for all, both in the classroom and around the school grounds. Class charters are developed during the first week of school, which outline expectations in the classroom. RRSA links with our School Values, Restorative Practices and the work we do promoting Global Citizenship and Equal Opportunities and supports our Healthy School, and Eco School.

The School will follow the ‘UK UNICEF Rights Respecting Schools’ culture as part of PBIS and will embed this culture school wide.

What does the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child Say?

The CRC is based on an analysis of what children need in order to thrive. These needs can be grouped into four key categories:

  • To survive as a fit and healthy person
  • To be protected from harm and abuse
  • To develop physically, mentally and socially
  • To participate as an active citizen.

The CRC is based on these needs. UNICEF UK believes that the principles and values of the CRC should be embedded in the ethos and curriculum of our schools. This is the purpose of the Rights Respecting School Award. Rights are of little use to children unless they are aware of them. Article 42 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child states that all State Parties are obliged to ensure that adults and children know about the CRC.

For further details about RRSA please speak to a member of staff who will assist you with your questions.

As part of PBIS rewards are a key part of the system, while you are at Phoenix, your triumphs will earn you house points measuring student participation in school activities. Students may earn House Points for a range of contributions to school life, including academics, athletics, arts, community service and cleanliness or “good housekeeping”.

Students are rewarded with Bronze – 150, Silver – 350, Gold – 750, and Platinum – 1000 House Points Certificates for individually earned House Points. Students will have their House Points recorded in their Homework Diary. There are prizes which can be redeemed at any point by students or they can save their house points till the end of the academic year and redeem a larger reward.


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