Rights Respecting School’s Award
The Rights Respecting Schools Award puts children’s rights at the heart of schools in the UK.
UNICEF works with schools in the UK to create safe and inspiring places to learn, where children are respected, their talents are nurtured and they are able to thrive. Our Rights Respecting Schools Award embeds these values in daily school life and gives children the best chance to lead happy, healthy lives and to be responsible, active citizens.
The Award recognises a school’s achievement in putting the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child into practice within the school and beyond.
In July 2018 we achieved the Rights Respecting School’s SILVER Award.
The report found that:
- there is a strategic commitment to the principles and values of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC);
- the impact of the school’s rights respecting work has led to an increase in students’ confidence, ‘voice’ and a greater awareness of the wider world;
- the Convention has helped to provide a “framework” for the school’s ethos and everyday practice;
- examples of rights given by students included the right to a good education, healthy food, a safe environment for learning, freedom of speech and being treated equally;
- it is clear that children and young people’s rights applied to the “whole of the world” and do not have to be earnt;
- students are also very aware that the rights of many young people were being denied because of issues such as poverty and child labour. When discussing what the impact of learning about rights meant to the students, comments included how it “makes it easier to understand where everyone is coming from” and there was greater appreciation for what they have;
- students are able to learn about rights in a variety of ways. These include through assemblies, tutor time activities, displays and links being made to some elements of the curriculum such as PSHE and ‘life skills’;
- staff described how connections to particular rights were being made in areas such as studying an English text, aspects of functional skills in Maths and activities within the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. During the learning walk, a display of GCSE English work on the theme of war was seen linked to article 38.
We are currently working towards GOLD which will show we understanding and engaging with the Rights of the Child on a global level.