Rights Respecting Schools

Update from June 2016:

We are delighted to announce that we were awarded with the Level 2 Rights Respecting Schools Award! We will continue our work with children’s rights to ensure that they underpin the ethos of our school.


Update from April 2016:

Good news! Our RRSA steering group have been working hard to make sure we are on track for our Level 2 inspection visit. Mrs. Pearce will be continuing Mrs. Stevenson’s work with the steering group over the next few weeks to make sure that our Playground and Lunchroom charters are fully implemented. Our Level 2 Assessment request has been sent and we will be assessed during May 2016. A confirmed date will follow soon.

The Rights Respecting Schools Award (RRSA) 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. A rights-respecting school not only teaches about children’s rights but also models rights and respect in all its relationships: between teachers / adults and pupils, between adults and between pupils.

Here at Lasswade we have achieved Level One status already and are currently working hard towards Level Two.  It is so important to us here that we have included RRSA on our School Improvement Plan and we are confident that all our hard work and effort will pay off shortly.

We appoint a new RRSA steering group each year with each class being represented and we work hard to raise awareness of RRSA and share the good work we do here at Lasswade with all staff members, parents and the wider community through our use of Twitter, the Friday Flier, the website and of course our monthly newsletters.  We are hoping that the Steering Group will continue to write a newsletter solely for RRSA news.  Recently, we carried out a staff and pupil audit of the work we have completed to date and the breadth and depth of our learning here at LPS has come a long way since the introduction of RRSA in 2011.

Every classroom here at Lasswade has a class charter displayed which is class rules that tie in with the UN Rights of the Child.  The Class Charter consists of our key rights, pupil actions to assume these rights and the actions of the teacher to help.  Each class works together during the Establishment Phase at the start of every year in deciding which rights to include in the Charter.  These Class Charters help us to make sure everyone enjoys their rights in school and is a huge part of the school ethos here at LPS.

Reference to Articles of the Convention are displayed throughout the school and various interdisciplinary topics make clear links to the Convention giving our pupils regular opportunity to discuss in detail.  We work hard to make these links real for our learners.

Our weekly Citizenship Gatherings and Assemblies also have a regular focus on the CRC and we even have a range of songs we sing with a Rights Respecting theme.

Keep an eye on Twitter and our Website for more RRSA news.