Unicef- Rights Respecting Schools
The Rights Respecting Schools Award puts children’s rights at the heart of schools in the UK.
The UK Committee for UNICEF (UNICEF UK) 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. The 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.
Using the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) as the guide, we are working to become fully Rights Respecting.
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.
We are on our journey to become Gold Rights Respecting School.
There are three stages to the Rights Respecting Schools Award.
Together young people and the school community learns about children’s rights, putting them into practice every day. The Award is not just about what children do but also, importantly, what adults do. In our school, children’s rights are promoted and realised, adults and children work towards this goal together.
There are four key areas of impact for children at a Rights Respecting school; wellbeing, participation, relationships and self-esteem.
Our Silver Rights Aware work goes beyond the school gates, making a positive impact on the whole community.
- Children are healthier and happier
- Children feel safe
- Children have better relationships
- Children become active and involved in school life and the wider world
UNICEF Gold Evidence Strand A
UNCRC Example Lesson Plans
Stand A Outcome 1 Newsletters (Communication with parents)
Digital Leaders Presentation- Online Safety
UNICEF Ambassadors have the opportunity to review and contribute all School Polices, to ensure that together with staff and governors, children's rights are highlighted in every policy and are put into practice every day. This ensures that whole school makes children's rights explicit across the school, ensuring that rights-based principles underpin all policy, practice and decisions made by the school.
As a result:
1) Children are healthier and happier
2) Children feel safe
3) Children have better relationships
4) Children become active and involved in all aspects of school life and the wider world.
St Giles' CE Primary School has a fully established rights-based approach which is firmly embedded within the ethos and culture of the school at all levels. The following concepts are understood and practiced by all duty bearers and are known and understood by children and young people according to their evolving capacities:
3) Bests interest of the child
4)Life, survival and development