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What is the award?


The Rights Respecting Schools Level 1 Award is a Unicef UK programme that aims to put children’s rights at the heart of schools in the UK. Unicef works with thousands of schools across the country to embed children’s rights in their ethos and culture to improve well-being and develop every child’s talents and abilities to their full potential.


Schools embark 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 (CRC or UNCRC) into practice within the school and beyond.


Rights Respecting School


We are continuing our journey to become a UNICEF Rights Respecting Level 1 School. We as staff are fully committed to becoming a Rights Respecting School (RRS) and we are currently creating the conditions within school for a rights respecting culture. A RRS is one in which there is a culture of mutual respect underpinning all of its work. Children will learn about their rights as identified in the United Nation’s Convention on the Rights of the Child. They will also learn that they have to respect the rights of all others. In a RRS, children learn to appreciate their role within their school, local community and the global community.


The UNICEF UK Rights Respecting Schools Award (RRSA) supports schools across the UK to embed children’s human rights in their ethos and culture. The award recognises achievement in putting the UN Convention on the Right of the Child (UNCRC) at the heart of a school’s practice to improve well-being and help all children realise their potential. The award is based on principles of equality, dignity, respect, non-discrimination and participation. The initiative started in 2006 and schools involved in the Award have reported a positive impact on relationships and well-being, leading to better learning and behaviour, improved academic standards and less bullying.