UNICEF UK – RIGHTS RESPECTING SCHOOL AWARD
We are a Rights Respecting School. We know we are a Rights Respecting School because we put the Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) at the heart of everything we do. UNCRC is embedded in our school planning, policies, practice and ethos. As a school community, we help improve well-being and develop every child’s talents and abilities to their potential. Not only do we teach about child rights but we also model rights and respect in all relationships: between teachers/adults and children, between adults, and between children.
In 2012 we were assessed and awarded Level 2. We were able to show that we have embedded the values and principles of the Convention into our ethos and curriculum and could show how we will maintain the rights-based values and principles. We are very proud to be a Level 2 Rights Respecting School. We are proud to be a school which enables children to leave us in year 6 with the knowledge, skills and understanding about what it means to be a good global citizen.
WHAT IS THE UN CONVENTIONON THE RIGHTS OF THE CHILD (THE UNCRC)?
All children have rights which guarantee them what they need to survive, grow, participate and fulfil their potential. The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) is a comprehensive human rights treaty that enshrines children’s rights in international law. It defines universal principles and standards for the status and treatment of children worldwide. UNICEF UK promotes children’s rights in schools in two ways: by supporting schools to ensure that rights are embedded in their ethos and policymaking; and by offering resources and activities to ensure that children and young people can learn about rights in the classroom and beyond.
At the heart of the UNCRC is the fundamental moral principle that all human beings are of equal worth, who share an equal entitlement to enjoy the rights set out in the Convention. A global citizen in a rights respecting school, is someone who knows their rights, believes everybody has rights and is committed to working towards a world where everyone can access their rights.