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Unicef Rights Respecting Schools

What is a Rights Respecting School? 

At Rights Respecting Schools, young people and the school community learn about the United Nations Convention on the Rights of a Child, putting this into practice every day. The UNICEF award recognises where schools have committed to this work and embedded the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child into their everyday practice. This award is not just about what children do but also, importantly, what adults do. In Rights Respecting Schools, children’s rights are promoted and realised, with adults and children working together to achieve this goal.

There are four key areas of impact for children at a Rights Respecting school: wellbeing, participation, relationships and self-esteem.

The difference that a Rights Respecting School makes 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

What does the award involve?

At Stepney Park Primary School we are currently working towards achieving the bronze award. 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, practice and ethos by initially self-auditing and then creating a bespoke action plan. 

A School must evidence that it has reached the three RRSA Strands:

  • Teaching and learning about rights

  • Teaching and learning through rights – ethos and relationships

  • Teaching and learning for rights – participation, empowerment and action

As a school we already empower our children to have a voice through six Change Groups that involve children from key stage 1 and 2:

  • Rights Respecting North

  • Rights Respecting South

  • Eco Ambassadors

  • Family Homework Ambassadors

  • Reading Ambassadors

  • Playground Ambassadors

Further information about UNICEF’s Rights Respecting Schools can be found here.