Rights Respecting Schools Award
Following an inspection from children’s charity Unicef on Thursday 9th June 2016, Oswald Road Primary School has been presented with a Level 1 Rights Respecting Award. The Rights Respecting Schools Award is a Unicef UK programme that aims to put children’s rights at the heart of schools in the UK.
The charity 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. 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.
Year 2 teacher Kathryn Whalley leads on the school’s Rights Respecting work. She explained: “When we first started working towards the Award, we asked children and staff to complete a questionnaire about rights, which showed us that many did not know about the United National Convention for the Rights of a Child.”
To achieve the Level 1 award, the school laid clear foundations across the whole school, embedding ‘Right Respecting’ articles into the curriculum. A group of ‘Rights Ambassadors’ consisting of one child from each class was formed, which ensured that every child in the school was given a voice through their class ambassador.
Mrs Whalley said: “The ambassadors delivered an amazing presentation to our governors and senior leadership team in March, and gave the same presentation to the Unicef inspectors last week.”
In addition to this, there are also rights displays in school, and rights assemblies have been held, including one about how rights fit into the behaviour policy. Now that it has been presented with a Level 1 award, the school is looking forward to working towards the Level 2 award, which requires rights to be shared externally with parents and the community.
“We are absolutely delighted to have been presented with a Level 1 Rights Respecting Schools Award, and I am so proud of how the children conducted themselves during the Unicef inspection,” added Mrs Whalley. “I am amazed at the children’s knowledge of their rights and their confidence when talking about them with both staff and Unicef. A big thank you to everyone for respecting each other’s rights!”