What's it all about?

What's it all about?

As a result of the hard work and dedication put in by both staff and children throughout our school, we have now achieved our next award from Unicef. As of July 2018, we are now officially recognised as a Unicef UK Silver: Rights Aware School. As you can see from our report below, we have now fully embedded a variety of different elements into lessons, assemblies etc to ensure we are promoting rights for every child and addressing both local and global issues.


Standard A:  Rights-respecting values underpin leadership and management

•The Headteacher is very clear that the school’s rights respecting journey has had a positive impact on the school community. ‘It is part of what we are already doing’ she said and ‘it enables our children to enjoy learning about their rights.’ Pupils, teachers and parents are fully committed to the principles of the Convention and believe that relationships and behaviour has improved in the school.

•The RRSA coordinator believes that the children’s knowledge of rights has empowered them to become responsible adults and the commitment to be a rights respecting school has enhanced pupil’s self-confidence. 

•The rights respecting ethos is shared with teachers and parents and articles from the Convention are referenced in the school improvement plan and in school policies. It is central to the school’s vision and improvement.


Standard B:  The whole school community learns about the CRC

•Children learn about the articles from the Convention in assemblies and in lessons. The Value of the Month is an integral part of school life and enables the pupils to focus on important local and world issues. Members of the steering group work with other pupils to design posters which are displayed throughout the school.

•Children are aware of their rights and know that they are inherent and unconditional. They also understand that children in other parts of the world and within their local community are not as fortunate.


Standard C:  The school has a rights-respecting ethos

•The class room charters are an ideal vehicle to model rights-respecting language. Pupils discuss and devise individual charters and teachers refer to them in topic based lessons and through discussions. ‘I have learnt about being more respectful’ said a Year 5 pupil ‘and our charters help us to remember the different articles.’

•The children are very proud of their school and are given opportunities to be involved in raising money for charities and other good causes. Assemblies in school helps them to focus on global issues which in turn enhances their knowledge of the wider world.

•Pupils feel safe in school and aware of what to do if they have a problem. They talk to their parents about the importance of a rights respecting school and believe that resolving conflict has had a positive impact on their relationships with each other.


Standard D:  Children are empowered to become active citizens and learners

•Student leadership is well established. The school council, playground and digital leaders are empowered to make a difference and have a say in what happens in their school. The Rights Ambassadors share their vision of what it means to be a rights respecting school with their peers. ‘I like asking my friends about their opinions’ said a Rights Ambassador. Student leaders have been involved in projects that aim to improve the lives of other children. These include food bank, water and exploring the refugee crisis. They are keen to make a difference.


We are very proud of this achievement and are now taking steps forward to move towards our gold award addressing actions suggested by Unicef. Here we will be introducing new terminology to children across school (ABCDE of rights), looking at more ways of involving our governors and parents in our rights respecting journey and incorporating even more ways of addressing global issues- looking at ways we can make a difference.

  • Highfields Primary School
  • Beeches Road
  • Rowley Regis
  • West Midlands
  • B65 0DA
  • United Kingdom
  • Tel: 0121 559 1037
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