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UNICEF Rights Respecting School’s Award

The Rights Respecting Schools Award (RRSA) recognises achievement in putting the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) at the heart of a school’s planning, policies, practice and ethos. A rights-respecting school not only teaches about children’s rights but also models rights and respect in all its relationships: between teachers / adults and pupils, between adults and between pupils.

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We are very pleased to announce that as of june 15th 2016 the school has been recognised as a Level 2 RRSA school and as an example of good practice by UNICEF.  We would like to thank the children and community in supporting this process.

Please click here to see our Assessment Report.

 

 

About UNICEF

UNICEF is the world’s leading organisation for children and their rights. They work with families, local communities, partners and governments in more than 190 countries to help every child survive and flourish.

As champion of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, they advocate for governments to protect and promote the rights of every child. They believe, as do we, that children’s rights should never be compromised by their circumstances.

The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child is a universally agreed set of non-negotiable standards and obligations, built on varied legal systems and cultural traditions.

The convention has 54 articles in total. The general principles of the Convention are found in Articles 2, 3, 6 & 1:

  • Dignity
  • Non-discrimination
  • Best interests of the child
  • Survival and development
  • Participation

Articles 43-54 are about how adults and governments work together to make sure that all children get all their rights.

Summary:

The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child is international law and the most widely ratified treaty in the history of humanity.

  • Under the terms of the Convention, children are the ‘rights holders’ and adults are the ‘duty bearers’.
  • The rights outlined in the convention apply to all children everywhere up to the age of 18.
  • The rights are based on what children need to survive and thrive.
  • Children need all the rights in the Convention.
  • There are no conditions attached to them.
  • These rights cannot be taken away.

Our action stage 1 action plan can be found by clicking here.

School's Campaign Network

This is a new school's based UNICEF programme aimed at helping children investigate more about what they can do about global issues.  The programme has three distinct aspect:

  • Explore
  • Think
  • Act

We are the only Primary School to have School Campaigners from Years 4-6.  Our current campaign is about Climate Change and we have invited our local MP to discuss this with us. This was picked up by our local paper and made the front page! To read the full article please click here and to read his response six weeks later please read here.

In April the school was also asked to form the 'face' of the latest UNICEF campaign concerning child-trafficking in the UK.  The images taken for this campaign made it to national press and further details can be found by clicking here.

Child Trafficking Campaign

The school has been involved with various campaigns but our first remains the most significant principally because it brought the school back to its roots - William Wilberforce. In 1807 Wilberforce acted as a figure head for new laws banning slavery (the Abolition of the Slave Trade).  UNICEF knew of our historic relationship with Wilberforce and asked the school if we would would help them raise awareness nationally through their 'Invisible Child' campaign for childhood slavery in the UK. Sadly, 10 children every week find themselves entering the UK as modern day slaves which we now call trafficking.  Below is one of the images that resulted from the campaign (you may remember it). We are very proud of our association with William Wilberforce and pleased that over 180 years after his death we are still able to honour  his name and continue his work.