It’s a time of celebration at Oasis Academy Ryelands situated in the heart of Croydon as they received the news this week that they have met the standard for UNICEF UK’s Rights Respecting Schools Award at Silver.
Oasis Academy Ryelands, located on Oakley Road, London impressed UNICEF Advisors, saying in the report ‘Children are empowered to enjoy and exercise their rights and to promote the rights of others locally and globally.’
The programme was led by Louise Champion, teacher at the Academy, who said the difference that a Rights Respecting School (RRS) makes goes beyond the school gates and has a positive impact on the whole community.
Louise Champion, Year 3 Teacher and RRSA Co-Ordinator at Oasis Academy Ryelands, said; “I am delighted that we have achieved this award as a team. It’s a significant achievement and one that will benefit not only the pupils, but also the wider community.”
Achieving Silver: Rights Award means that there is evidence that; the school is explicitly embedding the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in its policy, practice and culture, the school is promoting knowledge and understanding of the Convention throughout the community, and Children and young people are beginning to see themselves as rights respecting global citizens and advocates for fairness and children’s rights, both locally and globally.
Oasis Academy Ryelands is doing just that, key highlights from within the report include;
- “Children could list an excellent range of rights, for example, the right to life, the right to be safe, the right to have all rights in the CRC, the right to join groups, the right to nutritious food, and the right to play.”
- “The school encourages children to take an active role in their learning through self and peer assessment, including purple pens, homework sharing, and giving feedback during PE lessons.”
- “The school has many groups for children to be involved with and to encourage pupil voice, such as the Pupil Parliament, the Rights Respecting Steering Group, the Eco Warriors and the Travel Ambassadors.”
Glenn Lillo, Principal at Oasis Academy Ryelands, said; “We are very pleased to have been presented with a silver award because of the valued and children’s rights are at the heart of the ethos of Oasis Academy Ryelands and RRS put’s children’s rights at the heart of the curriculum and school life.”
More than 4800 schools across the UK are currently involved in the UNICEF RRS programme. Of these, over 1700 schools have been granted a Silver or Gold accreditation by UNICEF UK since 2006.
Schools involved in the Award have reported a positive impact on relationships and wellbeing, leading to better learning and behaviour, improved academic standards and less bullying.