UNICEF - Rights Respecting School
Calthorpe Academy are a UNICEF Rights Respecting School
Article 29: Goals of education - Education must develop every child's personality, talents and abilities to the full. It must encourage the child's respect for human rights, as well as respect for their parents, their own and other cultures, and the environment.
The Rights Respecting School Award puts children's rights at the heart of schools in the UK and we are proud to announce that we are rights aware and have been awarded our Silver Award.
We aim to be a safe and inspiring place to learn, where children are respected, and their talents and nurtured, so they can thrive. The Rights Respecting Schools Award embeds these values in daily school life at Calthorpe Academy and gives children the best chance to lead happy, healthy lives and to be responsible, active citizens.
We have achieved our Silver Award through:
- Teaching and Learning about rights: for the whole school community through training, curriculum, assemblies, topics, focus days/weeks and displays.
(e.g. Kitchen staff working with the Student Council to design and make themed menus for enrichment days and our school community’s commitment to our whole school charter
- Teaching and Learning through rights: by modelling rights respecting language and attitudes, and making strategic decisions that involve learners.
- (e.g. Wider school staff CPD through Personal Development INSETs; using learner voice surveys to improve the school; Student Council/ Steering Groups planning whole school events or meeting about improving the school
- Being ambassadors for the rights of others: developing as rights-respecting citizens.
(e.g. Learners working with companies like HS2 to give their views on designing the new train station; learners organising charity appeals for UNICEF for children around the world affected by disasters/ war
Our Rights Respecting School Charter:
Our whole school charter is our promise to make the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) more prominent and relevant to our school and is a framework for both adults and children and young people on how to respect each other’s rights. Our charter not only provides an opportunity to learn about specific articles from the CRC, but has helped to establish and build shared values and relationships for creating a rights-respecting ethos.
UNICEF Rights Respecting School Award:
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, Unicef 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.
For further information about Unicef and their Rights Respecting school award please click the following links: