Rights Respecting School Award

The Rights Respecting School Award

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.

At St Edward's Church of England Academy

As a Right Respecting School, pupils are treated as equals by their fellow pupils and by the adults in the school.  Pupils are involved in how we move towards gaining the Silver Award, as well as in strategic decision-making about their learning; and in views about their well-being. A key focus is to ensure the pupils become active and involved in school life and the wider world. This builds their confidence to make informed decisions. By becoming more familiar with the articles of the Convention, they develop a moral framework, based on equality and respect for all.  Through role play, debates and conflict resolution, the rights and principles of the Convention are used to consider moral situations and rights-respecting solutions. Led by our RRS Ambassadors and steering group, pupils and adults work together to take part in campaigns and activities that develop awareness of social justice to bring about change.