5 February 2014

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg visited Dore Primary School in South Sheffield last week to present staff and pupils with UNICEF UK's Level 2 Rights Respecting Schools Award.

UNICEF UK’s Rights Respecting School Award recognises a school’s achievement in placing the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child at the heart of planning, policies and ethos. Dore Primary is one of 170 schools to achieve a Level 2 RRS Award - the highest accolade granted by UNICEF UK.

Speaking at the school, Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, said: "It is a huge achievement to get to Level 2 of the RRS Award and everyone in the school should be very proud of their contribution. Showing respect for each other, understanding the world we live in and doing our bit to support those less fortunate are important parts of every child’s education."

UNICEF UK's Anita Tiessen congratulated the school on achieving the award. "The school very much impressed us with the way in which children learn in an environment that encourages and empowers them to make a difference close to home and globally."

The Rights Respecting Schools initiative now involves around 3,200 primary and secondary schools in the UK who have reported a positive impact on pupil behaviour, relationships and well-being by enhancing pupil’s self-esteem and leading to less truancy and bullying, better learning and improved academic standards.

Find out more about the Rights Respecting School Award.

Read a full account of the event on UNICEF UK’s blog.

Nick Clegg visits Dore Primary School © UNICEK UK/2014/ Glenn Ashley
Nick Clegg presents Level 2 Rights Respecting Schools Award to children and staff at Dore Primary School in Sheffield.© UNICEK UK/2014/ Glenn Ashley