Perseid School achieves prestigious UNICEF UK Gold Award
On behalf of our whole school community, we are thrilled to share that Perseid School has been awarded Gold by UNICEF UK’s Rights Respecting School programme.
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. Gold is the highest accolade given by UNICEF UK and shows a deep and thorough commitment to children’s rights at all levels of school life. There are over 500 schools across England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales that have received Gold.
Our Executive Headteacher Tina Harvey commented:
At Perseid, the rights of our pupils are always at the centre of whatever we do. This award recognises the importance we place on that, as a forward-thinking school, and acknowledges the contribution that the school council, staff, governors and the wider school community have made in embedding this approach at Perseid.
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.
The UNICEF UK Rights Respecting Schools initiative is aimed at schools across the UK, including those in an early years setting. This year the programme has received additional support from The People’s Postcode Lottery. This vital funding is helping Unicef UK continue its work with over 4500 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 pupil’s self-esteem, leading to less truancy and bullying, better learning and improved academic standards.
Led by our Rights Respecting Leads Leanne Golightly and Liane Walker and underpinned by our active UNICEF Rights Respecting Steering Group who meet regularly with our School Council, Senior Leaders and Governing Board, the attainment of the Gold award means that within our school environment, collectively:
- We have explicitly adopted a child rights approach based on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and has embedded it in school policy, practice and culture.
- Our children, young people and adults have a thorough understanding of child rights and rights respecting attitudes and language are embedded across the school.
- Pupils see themselves as rights respecting global citizens and are advocates for social justice, fairness and children’s rights at home and abroad.
- The RRSA has had a positive impact on children and young people’s learning and wellbeing.
All members of Perseid School have contributed to this through the use of the curriculum, focus days, artwork/displays and assemblies to teach the importance of the rights of the child, allowing our pupils to make decisions that impact them and those around them, modelling respectful attitudes and language and developing our pupils to be ambassadors for the rights of others.
Our whole school community strives to create a stimulating, supportive and inspiring learning environment for our pupils and this achievement demonstrates our commitment to promoting, realising, and embedding the rights. We look forward to working together, to continue embedding and practising the rights at Perseid School.