A most significant event in the last month has been the award to the school of the Silver level of Rights Respecting Accreditation. The UNICEF Rights Respecting Schools Award puts children’s rights at the heart of schools in the UK. To quote from the UNICEF website:
“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.”
In the Silver level evaluation, the moderator looked at all the examples of work that we have done, sampled lessons, examined portfolios, and looked at our school improvement plans. She also spoke at length to Mrs Bottle and a number of children from the steering group. She was full of praise for the amount and quality of the work that has gone in to our Rights Respecting journey to Silver but above all else commended the knowledge and passion demonstrated by the children who spoke to her. Everyone in the school has contributed to this achievement, but particular thanks go to the following children, who spoke so eloquently and whose commitment to this work inspires us all. Well done James, Flossie, Jemima, and Annabel. And, of course, to Mrs Bottle, who has worked very hard to embed this ethos across the school and lead our work in this area. We now begin our journey towards the Gold accreditation!