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Rights Respecting School - Silver Mission!

Now that we have been awarded the BRONZE status as a Rights Respecting School, staff and pupils are now working and striving towards gaining the next award....SILVER!  To gain this award we must ensure that at the heart of everything we do at Northern we are aware of and are addressing the rights of the children as set out by the United Nations.  


There are over 40 rights set out by the United Nations Convention, known as ARTICLES, which apply to all the children in the world, not just the UK.  These Articles are believed, by the UN, to be the things that a child would need in his/her life in order to become a happy, healthy and well rounded member and contributor of society.  To see a full list of the Articles, please click on the web link below.  


At Northern, the majority of what we do naturally and automatically addresses some of the UN Articles, we just need to show awareness of how and when.  For example, certain displays around school will now show the RRS logo, highlighting which Articles the work or display is linked to.  Staff will link their planning to the Articles when relevant and the Governors and relevant staff will link plans for the school and school policies to the Articles.  Certain assemblies and theme days (e.g. Christmas Jumper Day) will also relate to certain Articles, particularly those that reach beyond our own school community.  You may have noticed posters up around school and in classrooms showing some of the Articles and hopefully teachers will be making their classes more aware of the Articles that are most relevant to them.  


Working towards the silver award is something that will progress and develop over time as the Articles are something that our staff, pupils and whole school community will need to become more familiar with in order to ensure that we make the right progress - a challenge that Northern is more ready to take on!