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.
Using the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) as our guide, we are working with more UK schools than almost any other organisation. Over 1.6 million children in the UK go to a Rights Respecting School and nearly 5,000 schools up and down the country are working through the Award. Schools work with us on a journey 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.
Rights Respecting School Award
Village Primary is currently on a very exciting journey as teachers and children work in partnership to become a successful Rights Respecting School.
Our established ‘Rights Knights’ are thriving in their roles and are thoroughly enjoying learning about the convention and sharing their knowledge with the rest of the school.
We have taken part in lots of exciting activities and events and are looking forward to the future!
Four of our ‘Rights Knights’ attended a sharing session at Ayresome Primary this term, which is a primary school in Middlesbrough. The focus of the day was Article 24 and how it links to our environment.
We were so inspired by the session that we decided to hold an Environment afternoon so that we could raise awareness of such an important topic.
Our ‘Rights Knights’ decided to support a local charity that means a lot to us; Daisy Chain are an amazing charity that works with children with autism and supports their families. Our Rights Knights organized and held a cake sale to raise money for Daisy Chain. They worked together to create posters to advertise the cake sale and ask for donations. It was a great success and we raised £153!!
On the last day of term we took part in Oxfams shoe share. We invited all children to wear their own shoes for the day in exchange for a donation of their old school shoes or any other shoes. The event was hugely successful and we were blown away by everyone’s kindness. In assembly we talked about how everyone’s donations will help children who are not able to access their rights due to many reasons.
On Tuesday we welcomed local primary and secondary schools to Village Primary to take part in different Fairtrade activities. The children worked cooperatively and maturely to decide how much each worker should get from the sale of a banana. I was really impressed with their empathy and kindness when discussing world issues. They then enjoyed Fairtrade pancakes! Our visitors left with a deeper understanding of what Fairtrade is and how they can contribute towards a Fairtrade world.