Rights Respecting Schools

Achievement of Recognition of Commitment.

There are four key areas of impact for children at a Rights Respecting school; wellbeing, participation, relationships and self-esteem. The difference that a Rights Respecting school makes goes beyond the school gates, making a positive impact on the whole community.

Pupils and staff from Coatbridge High School have been working hard to achieve their Recognition of Commitment and working towards becoming a Rights Respecting School. We have now achieved our Recognition of Commitment.

Pupils and staff have been involved in after school meetings, looking at ways to promote respectful language for all and working towards a greater understanding of the United Nations and Human Rights. These meetings will continue on a regular basis and pupils from all year groups are welcome. There is information about the United Nations in the school bulletin every week.

Now we will be working towards our level one. To achieve level one we will be looking to embedding UN convention on the rights for children into the culture of the school and promoting the knowledge and understanding of the convention.

Anyone who is interested in finding more about Rights Respecting Schools or who would like to get involved in after school working groups please come and see Mr McAlister or Mrs Burton. You can also find information about Rights Respecting Schools at https://www.unicef.org.uk/rights-respecting-schools/.

Rights Respecting Schools is a programme set up so that all pupils and staff can express their feelings and views while in school. This programme is run by Mr McAlister, Mrs Burton and the Pupil Leadership Team (school captains). In the first session the Pupil Leadership team got into two different groups with different members of staff and came up with two different quotes to express people's feelings, rights and values. Both of these quotes are printed out on posters and are in the classrooms. They were also posted on the schools Twitter account - @CoatbridgeHigh

In the last session we had a variety of year groups ranging from S1 - S6 we looked at what is the most common form of bullying and who individuals would turn to if they were being bullied. This gave the staff and group involved the different aspects of bullying in school and how it varies depending on the year group. It gave the group information on how to approach individuals being bullied and the bully themselves.