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We are a GOLD Rights Respecting School!

We have successfully achieved UNICEF's UK Gold Award for our rights-respecting work at Valewood Primary School! 


What is the Rights Respecting Schools Award?

The UNICEF UK Rights Respecting Schools Award (RRSA) supports schools across the UK to embed human rights in their ethos and culture.


The Award recognises achievement in putting the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) at the heart of a school’s practice, to improve wellbeing and help all children realise their potential.


What does the Award involve?

Schools involved in the Rights Respecting Schools Award work towards recognition that they have embedded children’s rights in their school’s practice and ethos. Schools are required to implement three strands that cover teaching and learning about the rights; through the rights and for the rights.


There are three levels to the Award:

Strand A: Teaching and Learning about Rights
The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) is made known to children, young people and adults, who use this shared understanding to work for improved child well being, school improvement, global justice and sustainable living.


Strand B: Teaching and Learning through Rights – Ethos and Relationships
Actions and decisions affecting children are rooted in, reviewed and resolved through rights. Children, young people and adults collaborate to develop and maintain a school community based on equality, dignity, respect, non-discrimination and participation; this includes learning and teaching in a way that respects the rights of both educators and learners and promotes well being.


Strand C: Teaching and Learning for Rights – Participation, Empowerment and Action
Children are empowered to enjoy and exercise their rights and to promote the rights of others locally and globally. Duty bearers are accountable for ensuring that children experience their rights.