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UNICEF Rights Respecting Schools Award

The Rights Respecting Schools Award (RRSA)

Recognises achievement in putting the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) at the heart of a school’s planning, policies, practice and ethos.

A rights-respecting school not only teaches about children’s rights but also models rights and respect in all its relationships.

A Unicef UK Rights Respecting School is a community where children’s rights are learned, taught, practised, respected, protected and promoted. Children and young people and the school community learn about children’s rights by putting them into practice every day. 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 and adults and children work towards this together.

For more information on the benefits of being a rights respecting school please visit the UNICEF website

RRSA.jpgWhat do we do here at Bradstow?

As well as embedding the Convention of Rights of the Child (CRC) into our ethos, planning, development and relationships throughout the school we also..

Celebrate achievements of our young people within the context of the CRC

We have made some minor changes to our weekly celebration of achievement assembly so that each child’s achievement is related to an article from the CRC. We hope that this will help our young people and staff to get to know the convention better and further understand its importance.

Each class has a class charter

All classes at Bradstow are encouraged to have a class charter which is clearly visible in their environment.

UNICEF offers the following guidance which we follow when creating our charters- 

A charter/agreement for a right-respecting classroom (or any other part of the school) sets out:

  • The rights (articles) selected from the CRC which children, young people and adult consider to be the most relevant in their class or school. The rights should be worded in language that is meaningful to the children but clearly based on particular articles from the Convention. The full text of the Convention or our child-friendly summaries of it are all available here:
  • The actions agreed between all children and adults to ensure that rights can be realised and enjoyed by everyone
  • Who has agreed to the charter? This is often done by everyone signing it.

What is agreed is then set out in a way that is easily visible.

In Rights Respecting Schools, charters/agreements are developed with the active participation of children and young people of all ages, including children from nursery settings. They reflect the shared values and principles of the CRC and are applicable to all.

Engage in an “article of the term”


As an additional way of embedding knowledge and understanding of the CRC we now have article of the term which is displayed in each classroom and on the UNICEF notice board. This is discussed and referenced in lessons and conversations where appropriate throughout the term.

    • Article of the term

Click the above image to view current article of the term

Hold termly community council meetings

Our community council is running and sessions have been very successful this year as well as being very popular. Our young people have been coming up with lots of suggestions and opinions which we as a staff group have been able to take on board and make changes as a result. Young people have had some involvement in the new build and have made some suggestions for more activities they would like to be involved with.

Publish the “Bradstow Voice” newsletter

The Bradstow Voice newsletter is published half termly and reports on issues relevant to our young people. Often issues raised at the community council meeting will feature as well as other news or accomplishments that young people may be interested in. There is a RRSA focus for this so news will be linked with CRC articles and the “article of the term” is always featured at the back.

Make efforts to raise money for Charity

We held a “Onesie Wednesday” event on the last travel home day – Wednesday 23rd March – where all staff and students were encouraged to wear a onesie and donate £1 to raise money for World Autism Awareness Week (see for more details. 


Click the above image to view the Onesie Wednesday gallery

We will be taking part in UNICEF’s Day for Change this term and we are encouraging everyone to donate any change they can to UNICEF’s annual fundraising effort. This year’s Day for Change is officially on the 13th of May, however due to the severity of the plight of the children of Syria schools can fundraise at any given date and donations will be aid matched for any fundraising activity taking place before 22 July 2016. If you are a friend or family of Bradstow please contact the school if you would like to help with our fundraising to support Unicef's work to protect the children of Syria.

Involve Parents Carers and Friends of Bradstow

We encourage any involvement from parents, carers and friends of Bradstow and keep everyone informed of our latest initiatives through newsletters. From now on we aim to have a RRSA stall at all school events to promote the work we are doing towards the Rights Respecting School Award. This will give visitors and parents the chance to find out more and ask any questions.

Support other schools in their journey to becoming Rights Respecting Schools

We have contacted some other schools in our area who have shown an interest in becoming Rights Respecting Schools. If you are part of a school who would like some support then please don’t hesitate to contact us and ask for the Rights Respecting School coordinator.

Provide Opportunities for Global Learning

In March we took part in Fairtrade fortnight enabling us to raise awareness among young people and staff about the issues which face the farmers who grow our food…  As Martin Luther King famously said, ‘before you finish eating breakfast in the morning, you’ve depended on more than half the world’. Despite our dependence on farmers and workers for the foods, drinks and products that we love, about 795 million people are undernourished globally.

Bradstow is also part of the Global Learning Program and we are developing way to engage in this further.

As a school we sponsor a child in Paraguay and encourage our young people to share letters and information with him through the charity PLAN international


All displays around the school are labelled with the corresponding CRC. We also have a RRSA display where the “Article of the Term” can be found as well as some recent work by our young people.

Here is some information on our journey so far…


Continuation with initiatives set in 2014/5 and explained above

UNICEF day for change

NAS Onesie Wednesday to raise money for the National Autistic Society

Continuing to make contact with other schools

Encouraging involvement from Parents and Friends of Bradstow


Implementation of the Bradstow Voice Newsletter and changes to celebration assembly to involve CRC.

Implementation of “Article of the Term”

Ongoing work embedding the principals of the Convention of Rights of the Child into all aspects of Bradstow.


In June 2014 Bradstow School gained the 'Level 1' award


On 30 March 2014 Bradstow School gained the 'Recognition of Commitment' award which is the first step on the journey of which there are a further two stages (1 and 2).


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