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 Rights Respecting School





All children have rights which guarantee them what they need to survive, grow, participate and fulfil their potential. Yet every day these rights are denied. UNICEF is the world’s leading organisation working to protect and promote children’s rights.  The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) guides everything we do, including our work on education.  The Convention is a comprehensive human rights treaty that enshrines children’s rights in international law.  It defines universal principles and standards for the status and treatment of children worldwide.  UNICEF UK promotes children’s rights in schools in two ways: by supporting schools to ensure that rights are embedded in their ethos and policymaking; and by offering resources and activities to ensure that children and young people can learn about rights in the classroom and beyond.


St. Mary’s A Rights Respecting School

The Rights Respecting Schools Award recognises the work undertaken in St. Mary’s,  putting the Convention on the Rights of the Child at the heart of a school’s planning, policies, practice and ethos.  By taking these steps the whole school community helps improve well-being and develop every child’s talents and abilities to their potential. St Mary’s not only teaches about children’s rights but also models rights and respect in all its relationships: between teachers/adults and pupils, between adults, and between pupils.  As a Rights Respecting School, in St Mary’s;
 - Rights are respected and the values of the award underpin school planning.
 - The whole-school community learns about the Convention of the Rights of the Child (UNCRC).
 - There is a rights-respecting ethos.
 - Children are empowered to become active citizens and learners.
In St Mary’s adults and children work together to ensure that rights and views are respected and valued in decision making.  In the school, participation runs through all aspects of school life.  Learners feel valued and listed to which increases their sense of security and self confidence.  This opens the way to developing and applying the skills, language and concepts that allow our students to realise their rights and to advocate for the rights of children everywhere.