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We have received the Rights

Respecting School Award.


The UNICEF RRS initiative helps schools to use the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) as a framework for a whole school ethos.


This ethos helps pupils develop a stronger sense of the need to act for global justice. The universality of the CRC provides a clear link between building up their rights-respecting school and the need for children’s rights to be realised everywhere. As schools implement the RRSA standards they enable children and young people to make informed decisions and to grow into confident, active and responsible citizens. We call this here in the Dorchester Learning Zone the Rights and Responsibilities Charter. We encourage our pupils to understand that they have Rights and a Responsibility as a consequence of this.




The main areas of impact for our students are:

  • Improved self-esteem and well-being
  • Improved relationships and behaviour (reductions in bullying and exclusions and improved attendance)
  • Improved engagement in learning
  • Positive attitudes towards diversity in society and the reduction of prejudice
  • Children and young people’s enhanced moral understanding
  • Children and young people’s support for global justice
  • Children and young people become more involved in decision-making in schools


We hope that it will help them feel part of the school and have a greater understanding of the wider community that they live in. All parents/carers are invited to take part in this initiative by asking their child about what they have learnt about the United Nations Convention Of The Rights Of The Child and the lessons we can take from this and use in everyday life.


The school hopes that this is not just an initiative, but a lifestyle change for some/if not all of the young people who attend DLZ.



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