Alt Bridge School in Knowsley is to be awarded the/a Silver Rights Respecting School Award by UNICEF UK.
UNICEF is the world’s leading organisation working for children and their rights. The Rights Respecting Schools Award is granted to schools that show commitment to promoting and realising children’s rights and encouraging adults, children, and young people to respect the rights of others in school. Silver is given to schools that make excellent progress towards embedding the principles of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child into its ethos and curriculum. There are over 1,300 schools across England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, and Wales that have achieved Silver and over 600 schools that have been awarded Gold, the next step up and highest accolade granted by UNICEF UK.
Headteacher of Alt Bridge School, said: “This is a fantastic achievement for Alt Bridge School and our whole school community is delighted to be recognised in this way for the wonderful work we do to put children’s rights at the heart of our school approach. A huge thank you to the leader of our thriving curriculum, John Reynolds, for leading on this important work and to all the staff, students, governors and parents who have supported this journey and contributed to this outcome.”
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. A Rights Respecting School is a community where children’s rights are learned, taught, practised, respected, protected and promoted.
UNICEF Rights Respecting Schools Programme Director, Martin Russell, said: “Children at Alt Bridge School have shown a really good grasp of the Convention and a strong understanding of the wider world. It is great to see how much the Convention underpins the school’s work and values, in the classroom and at breaktime. It was fantastic to see the enthusiasm that all the young people and staff showed about learning about rights. We are very pleased to be awarding Silver; Rights Aware to Alt Bridge School and look forward to continuing our Rights Respecting work with them.”
The UNICEF UK Rights Respecting Schools initiative is aimed at schools across the UK, including those in an early years setting. Currently, it works with nearly 5,000 primary schools, secondary schools, schools for children and young people with special educational needs and pupil referral units across England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Schools have reported a positive impact on pupil behaviour, relationships and well-being by enhancing pupils’ self-esteem, leading to less truancy and bullying, better learning and improved academic standards.