Rights Respecting School
Kirklevington Primary School has been awarded Gold by Unicef UK’s Rights Respecting School programme in April 2019.
Unicef is the world’s leading organisation working for children and their rights. The Rights Respecting Schools Award is granted to schools that show commitment to promoting and realising children’s rights and encouraging adults, children and young people to respect the rights of others in school. Gold is the highest accolade given by Unicef UK and shows a deep and thorough commitment to children’s rights at all levels of school life. There are over 400 schools across England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales that have received Gold.
Headteacher, Justine Moralee, said: “We are so proud to receive the Gold Award from Unicef UK. The children and staff at Kirklevington are passionate about Rights Respecting Schools, and this report reflects their hard work. Children feel that they have a voice within school and the community and know that they can make a difference. Rights are embedded into everything we do and have enhanced the curriculum and ethos of our school. This has had a positive impact on children’s learning, as well as their social and emotional well-being. Thanks to the children and staff for embracing Rights Respecting Schools and continuing to make Kirklevington Primary School such a lovely place to be!”
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 and practice. A Rights Respecting School is a community where children’s rights are learned, taught, practised, respected, protected and promoted.
The Unicef UK Rights Respecting Schools initiative is aimed at schools across the UK, including those in an early years setting. This year the programme has received additional support from The People’s Postcode Lottery. This vital funding is helping Unicef UK continue its work with over 4500 primary schools, secondary schools, schools for children and young people with special educational needs and pupil referral units across England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Schools have reported a positive impact on pupil behaviour, relationships and well-being by enhancing pupil’s self-esteem, leading to less truancy and bullying, better learning and improved academic standards.
Rights Respecting School
At Kirklevington Primary School we have been working hard to raise awareness of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child across the entire school through working towards Unicef’s Rights Respecting Award.
The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) is a human rights treaty that underpins all of the work carried out by Unicef, the world’s leading organisation working for children and their rights. Unicef work with families, local communities, partners and governments in more than 190 countries to help every child to survive and thrive. The CRC sets out the rights of every person under 18 and how those rights should be met. These include:
•The right to good quality health care, clean water and nutritious food.
•The right take part in a wide range of cultural and artistic activities
•The responsibility of governments to protect children from dangerous work that might harm their health or education.
At Kirklevington Primary School children’s understanding of their rights has been developed through creating Classroom Charters. We have also developed charters for other areas of school including the library and lunchtimes. We also seek to embed the CRC into our curriculum as widely as possible to help our children learn about the diverse world in which we live.
For further information on the CRC and the work carried out by Unicef you can visit www.unicef.org.uk