Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg will visit Dore Primary School in South Sheffield to present staff and pupils with a prestigious award from UNICEF UK, the world’s leading children’s organisation, on Friday 31 January.
The Rights Respecting School Award is granted to schools that show commitment to promoting children’s rights and encouraging children and young people to respect the rights of others in school. Dore Primary is one of only 170 schools to achieve a Level 2 RRS Award - the highest accolade granted by UNICEF UK.
Sue Hopkinson, Headteacher at Dore Primary School, said “We are delighted to welcome the Deputy Prime Minister to Dore Primary to show our achievements and recognise our Rights Respecting School Award. Global Citizenship lies at the heart of the school’s creative curriculum, and many areas of learning feed into understanding and caring for the world we live in and its people.”
The Award recognises achievement in putting the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child at the heart of a school’s planning, policies and practice. The Headteacher added: “The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child is a feature of the whole school ethos and everyone in school adopts the language of the Convention.”
Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, said: “I’m delighted that Dore Primary School has been granted this prestigious award from UNICEF UK. Everyone involved, and in particular the children, deserve our praise. 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 Deputy Executive Director, Anita Tiessen, said: “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. We’ve seen how pupils understand their rights and show respect for each other, show a strong desire to make a difference to the lives of children in developing countries, and regularly fundraise for projects in their community and globally.”
The award recognises a deep and thorough commitment to children’s rights at all levels of school life. Tiessen added: “Dore Primary School has fully embraced the Convention on the Rights of the Child and we are honoured to accredit the school with UNICEF UK’s Rights Respecting School Award Level 2.”
The Rights Respecting Schools initiative now involves almost 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.
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Notes to editor
*Level 1 of the UNICEF UK RRS Award examines the leadership and management of a school and how it incorporates the values of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) into the whole ethos of the school and its curriculum. It examines teaching and learning in classrooms, whether pupils are encouraged to participate in decision-making processes at the school and how the school helps pupils develop as global citizens.
*Level 2 of the UNICEF UK RRS Award examines whether the UNCRC is thoroughly embedded in all aspects of school life.
About Dore Primary School
Dore Primary School is a large and vibrant learning community with 460 pupils and over 50 staff. Inclusion lies at the heart of the school and we are very proud of the way in which our pupils look beyond themselves and the school to understand our world and to respect others. Pupils and staff thoroughly enjoy the creative curriculum and the independence they are given to enable them to become life-long learners and responsible and caring global citizens.
UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere. UNICEF UK raises funds for UNICEF’s emergency and development work and advocates for lasting change for children everywhere. We are a UK registered charity, supported entirely by voluntary donations. We do not receive any money from the UN. For more information, please visit unicef.org.uk