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As a Rights Respecting school, we are teaching about rights, through rights and for rights: the adults in our Merchiston Community are the duty bearers and our pupils are the rights holders.

Unicef UK film about the Rights Respecting Schools Award

On Tuesday 8 March, a virtual visit was held online, with staff, pupils and parents all helping to explain how the Merchiston community has been working towards Silver Accreditation.

We are pleased to announce that further to the virtual visit, Merchiston has been Awarded Silver Accreditation as a Rights Respecting School.

Some of the work that has been carried out by the Merchiston Pupil Rights Respecting Steering Committee includes:

  • Presenting about the UNCRC, in assemblies, including World book day, Black history month, Human Rights Day.
  • Linking our School Values and School Pupil Charter to the UNCRC
  • Creating specific RRSA display area (next to Student Forum area, so the link between Student Forum and Rights, is clearly emphasised).
  • Audited our Student Forum, using the Lundy Model of Child Participation. This has resulted in suggestion boxes being introduced into boarding houses.

We will now be setting our sights on the Gold Accreditation – please watch this space for more information on how you can support the school in this journey.

For more information – please visit: https://www.unicef.org.uk/rights-respecting-schools/

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'Making Rights Real' icon

'Best law for children applies' icon

Four human rights engraved on a grey wall

 

William Ogilvie-Jones, Assistant Head Pupil Support