Rights Respecting Award
About the Award
Our Rights Respecting Schools Award Journey and Information
Unicef is the world’s leading organisation working for children and their rights. The Rights Respecting Schools Award is granted to schools that show commitment to promoting and realising children’s rights and encouraging adults, children and young people to respect the rights of others in school. The Gold Award is the highest accolade given by Unicef UK and shows a deep and thorough commitment to children’s rights at all levels of school life. There are over 230 schools across England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales that have received the Gold Award.
We are absolutely thrilled to let you know we achieved our Silver Award in July 2019 and are going to go for the Gold Award next. This will take between 2 and 3 years to achieve. We are hoping to achieve this by Summer 2022.
The Award recognises achievement in putting the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child at the heart of a school’s planning, policies and practice. A Rights Respecting School is a community where children’s rights are learned, taught, practised, respected, protected and promoted.
The Unicef UK Rights Respecting Schools initiative now involves over 3,600 primary and secondary schools in the UK who have reported a positive impact on pupil behaviour, relationships and well-being by enhancing pupil’s self-esteem, leading to less truancy and bullying, better learning and improved academic standards.
What is the UNCRC that we are promoting to children?
- Article 12 – the right to have your views heard
- Article 24 – the right to be as healthy as possible
- Article 28 – the right to an education
As a school it means that we not only teach about children’s rights but also model rights and respect in all its relationships: between teachers / adults and pupils, between adults and between pupils. We also teach rights through a range of curriculum areas to ensure they are highly valued.
There are 4 categories identifying what chat children need in order to thrive:
- To survive as a fit and healthy person.
- To be protected from harm and abuse.
- To develop physically, mentally and socially
- To participate as an active citizen.
How does teaching about children's rights fit in with the aims of the school?
The aim of both Rights Respect Responsibilities and the school is to help children in achieving their potential and become responsible citizens. What is taught in our curriculum helps children learn respect for self, others, critical thinking skills, and informed decision-making.
How can parents support what children are learning about the Convention at school?
The aim of both Rights Respecting Responsibilities and the school is to help children to achieve their potential and become responsible citizens. What is taught in our curriculum helps children learn respect for self, others, critical thinking skills, and informed decision-making.
Take the time to ask your child what he/she has learned recently regarding children’s rights.
Discuss the ideas learned in class, and try to think of examples from your own experiences, or from the media, of rights being respected or denied.
Discuss how your child or your family can promote respect for rights, or help those whose rights have been violated.
Ask your child’s opinion on children’s rights.
As with most things, the learning of rights, respect, and responsibility begins at home. Children often learn what they see and hear. By becoming involved in your child’s learning and showing an interest in who he/she is and what he/she is doing, you help your child to learn the importance of giving and sharing with others.
How were rights met through lockdown?
The steering group have recently met and shared their thoughts about how the school helped to meet their rights during lockdown. Below are some of the comments that pupils made:
- Article 28- Every child has the right to an education. School sent work home to complete and pupils had feedback. Children at school accessed the same learning as those at home. Some children at home were provided with devices to access learning, if needed.
- Article 16- Every child has the right to privacy- Eschools logins are private and secure.
- Article 12- All children have the right to give their opinion freely- Children were able to meet in a safe space on Zoom and share opinions.
- Article 17- The right to access information- Children had devices from school, if needed to be able to access information at home.
- Article 24- Children have the right to be healthy. Some children were provided with food parcels.