The Rights Respecting School’s approach is based on the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. The UK Committee for UNICEF (UNICEF UK) has been working with schools in the UK since 2006.
We know that the rights of children and young people provide an effective and coherent framework to enhance a school’s vision, aims and ethos, to shape everyday practice and to provide a common language for all members of the school community.
Becoming a community founded on human rights gives a school an outward facing, global dimension. At the same time, consistent messaging about respect for one’s own rights and the rights of others leads to improved relationships and greater engagement with learning. It also empowers young people to become active and responsible citizens.
“We are shown respect and are expected to respect others… Our diversity unites us… We are different but one at the same time”. Pupil, Gold Secondary School, England
Within our prospectus pack for Secondary Schools we show the impact that children’s rights and a Rights Respecting approach can have on school life. Amongst other areas of impact, headteachers at Silver and Gold secondary schools report:
- 73% – a reduction in bullying and exclusions
- 85% – pupils ‘respect for themselves and others increase
- 85% – pupils’ attitudes to diversity improve
- 85% – positive relationships across the school increase
The outcomes of the Award and many articles of the Convention have a direct relevance to the requirements set to schools in the Ofsted Inspection Framework.