At Oxford Gardens we are proud to be a UNICEF Gold: Rights Respecting School
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. A school uses these Strands and other guidance provided to plan and monitor progress. The Strands are:
- Strand A: Teaching and learning about rights
- Strand B: Teaching and learning through rights – ethos and relationships
- Strand C: Teaching and learning for rights – participation, empowerment and action
What UNICEF had to say about OGPS after their Gold accreditation visit:
‘It was evident that children’s rights are embedded across the school and underpin every facet of school life. Strengths of the school include:
• Very articulate children who demonstrated an exceptional knowledge and understanding of rights. They knew a wide range of articles and were confident in the concepts of rights.
• Explicit links to rights in all areas of the school’s work - visible on displays and linked across the curriculum.
• A strategic approach of senior leaders and the RRSA Lead to use the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) as a framework and driver for the School Development Plan and all practice in school.
• Excellent support provided to children and families to aid their recovery from the trauma of the Grenfell Tower tragedy and Covid, underpinned by rights.
• A nurturing family atmosphere with strong relationships with parents and carers who also value the school’s rights respecting work.
• A strong culture of inclusivity and respect which is understood and articulated by children and adults alike.
• Engaging fundraising and awareness projects relating to children’s rights led by pupils.’