Rights Respecting Schools

The Rights Respecting Schools Award is a Unicef programme that aims to put children’s rights at the heart of everything. The award helps children to grow into confident, caring and responsible young citizens both in school and within the wider community.

Children’s rights are:

UNIVERSAL – Rights are for all children all over the world

INHERENT – All children are born with these rights

INALIENABLE – Rights cannot be taken away

UNCONDITIONAL – Rights do not have to be earnt

INDIVISABLE – All rights are equally important

We aim to develop children’s awareness of their rights, and develop their awareness of the rights of others, helping them to become ‘global citizens’.

Our staff listen to children and children show respect for each other and for adults. We explain key rights to children through group time discussions, encouraging them to recognise rights. We use the language of rights in everyday situations and encourage children to make choices and decisions about their learning. We encourage children to reflect on how their behaviour affects those around them, and use a conflict resolution approach to give children the skills to resolve their conflicts, building a positive and safe learning environment for all.