We are delighted to announce that Tanglin Trust Junior School has achieved the RRSA Gold Accreditation. We are incredibly honoured to be not only the first school in Asia to receive this award, but also the first school outside the UK.
The Rights Respecting School Award (RRSA) is an initiative run by UNICEF UK, which encourages schools to place the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) at the heart of its ethos and curriculum.
Craig Considine, CEO of Tanglin Trust School said: "The importance of valuing every life, every individual, has been thrown into sharp relief by recent global events. This award recognises Tanglin's determination to promote a more understanding, empathetic world for our children."
Achieving Gold means that Tanglin children, staff and community have demonstrated particular strengths that include:
- Children's knowledge of rights is strong, including deep awareness of more complex articles.
- Staff are fully committed to embedding rights across the curriculum and through daily conversations.
- Excellent display of rights throughout the school.
- Very articulate, confident and passionate children.
Tanglin teachers are at the forefront of educational best practice and the RRSA report noted that: "children's social and emotional wellbeing is a top priority". The accreditation process provided the Junior School with an opportunity to build upon the ethos of the school and current practice. Through this two-and-a-half-year journey, children have become more appreciative of the rights they have; the importance of respectful relationships; adult responsibilities as duty bearers; and the ways that children can help and support one another.
Parent testimonials were part of the assessment, one parent commented: "Learning about rights has made a very positive impact on my child. He's more aware of the wider world and has passionate conversations with his family and friends about how all children should know their rights. This has created a very healthy atmosphere in the school, where every child feels valued and respected."
Clair Harrington-Wilcox, Head of Junior School, said: "Most important is that the assessment process concluded that our children enjoy school and feel safe, protected and happy. I am so proud of this important achievement for Tanglin Juniors."
Tanglin's RRSA coordinator, Cameron Davidson added: "As a school, we are incredibly proud of the pastoral care that we provide for our children. The RRSA initiative is an excellent framework for further educating children on their rights. The award provides so many relevant learning opportunities within the curriculum, sparks interest in global issues and, most importantly, empowers children to enjoy and exercise their rights; lead happy, healthy lives; and be responsible, active citizens.
"Being a Rights Respecting School shows that we are committed to promoting and realising children's rights and encouraging adults, children and young people to respect the rights of others. It also provides limitless links within the curriculum, current affairs as well as world events. For example, linking RRSA to: World Religion Day, International Day of the Elimination of Racial Discrimination and Autism Awareness Day, to name but a few."