Rights Respecting Schools



The RRSA at St. Wilfrid’s R.C. Primary School, York.

As part of our commitment to Global Dimensions at St.Wilfrid’s R.C Primary School we are striving to be a Unicef Rights, Respecting, School. We are committed to ensuring all our actions underpin the United Nations Convention on the Rights of The child and because we:

“Understand that all children are precious. Pick us up if we fall down and if we are lost lend us your hand. Give us the things we need to make us happy and strong, and always do your best for us whenever we are in your care”. (Right No.3)

Why the RRSA?

  • At the heart of the RRSA is a globally agreed set of values for all children and citizens. It fosters and endorses the Catholic ethos of our school whilst promoting an interest in our world and other countries.
  • As part of the RRSA children learn that they have Rights, specific to themselves as Children and that we as Teachers, Parents and Governors have a Responsibility to adhere to these Rights and fulfil our promises to them as children in our care
  • In learning about Rights they learn that all children have these same rights, unconditionally. This develops a sense of being connected with other children globally and supports children in their development of becoming, and sense of being, ‘Global Citizens’.
  • Through learning about their Rights, children also learn about respecting the Rights of others, i.e. responsibilities. This contributes to developing a positive and socially responsible identity, which is more likely when children believe in and feel good about themselves
  • By focusing on the Rights of the child and by using the language of ‘Rights and Responsibilities’, children learn to apply this in relation to moral and behavioural issues in the classroom and the playground

Benefits of the RRSA – Information from Schools which have adopted the RRSA

  • Children have raised self-esteem
  • Children have more positive attitudes towards diversity and difference
  • Behaviour and relationships improve, including teacher/pupil relationships
  • Children become more committed global citizens showing a concern to engage with global issues and sustainability and they try to make a difference
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