The Rights Respecting Schools’ Award puts children’s rights at the heart of schools in the UK.
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. The 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.
There are three stages to the Rights Respecting Schools’ Award. Its transformative and rigorous approach means the journey to the highest stage can take up to four years. Longspee Academy received the Bronze Award on 29th November 2017 and the Silver Award on 14 May 2019, meaning that staff and pupils at Longspee are rights aware.
Together, young people and the school community learn about children’s rights, putting them into practise every day through all lessons. The Award is not just about what children do but also, importantly, what adults do. In Rights Respecting Schools, children’s rights are promoted and realised, adults and children work towards this goal together.
This can be seen happening in Longspee through the work of the School Council and the charters in each class.
Happy – Article 29 (I have a right to relax and play)
Safe – Article 36 (I have the right to be kept safe from things that could harm my development)
Progress – Article 28 (I have the right to an education)