Unicef Rights Respecting School Award – Our Journey to Silver

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

By promoting the values of respect, dignity and non-discrimination, children’s self-esteem and wellbeing is boosted and they are less likely to suffer from stress. A child who understands their rights understands how they and others should be treated and their sense of self-worth is strengthened.

  • 97% of headteachers at Rights Respecting Schools said the award had improved children’s respect for themselves and each other
  • 93% of headteachers at Rights Respecting Schools said the award had helped children to embrace diversity and overcome prejudices
  • “We all know our rights and know that if our rights aren’t respected we can do something.” – Primary pupil at a Rights Respecting School


Children feel safe

The Rights Respecting Schools Award gives children a powerful language to use to express themselves and to challenge the way they are treated. They are also able to challenge injustices for other children. Children and young people are empowered to access information that enables them to make informed decisions about their learning, health and wellbeing.

  • 76% of headteachers at Rights Respecting Schools say the award has helped to reduce bulling and exclusions
  • In some cases children have been able to use the language of rights to tell teachers they do not feel safe at home or in their community, whether that’s because of violence, abuse or neglect
  • “Learning about rights has made them [children] more confident about speaking out. They are more confident and articulate.” – Parent of a pupil at an Rights Respecting School


Here are a few things we have been doing in school to help your children become ‘Global Citizens’.


Remembrance Day







Universal Children’s Day


Children In Need (arranged by the School Council)


Anti-Bullying Week


Road Safety Week


Martin Luther King Day  


Safer Internet Day  


Chinese New Year  


Mother Language Day  


World Book Day   


Sports Relief (arranged by Year 6)






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