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Rights Respecting School Award

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We are delighted to be the first school in Wolverhampton to achieve the Gold Level of the 'Rights-Respecting Schools Award', which we received following an accreditation visit from a UNICEF advisor in February 2023. This award recognises our achievement in putting the 'United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child' at the heart of everything we do. We are especially proud of the way our pupils always feel empowered to take action on a whole range of issues including climate change, mental health and health systems around the world. Please see the PowerPoint of evidence above which showcases the work that we do to embed rights throughout the policy, practice and ethos of Uplands.

Over 1.6 million children in the UK go to a Right’s Respecting school and Uplands is delighted to be a part of this number. The award is given to schools on behalf of UNICEF the world’s leading organisation working for children and their rights. These rights are what a child needs to survive, grow and fulfil their potential.  Research has shown that as a result of participation in the Rights Respecting School award, children at schools who have progressed through the award

  • are healthier and happier

  • feel safe

  • have better relationships

  • become active and involved in school life and the wider world

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My name is Rocky, and I am 11 years old. I have been learning about my rights since Year 3 and I understand why they are so important to children all around the world. I have started to feel more empowered to say what I think about issues, and I even wrote to the Government last year about climate change. I

 

like to do the right thing and try my best at school but sometimes people call me names because of this. I find it hard to just be myself sometimes, but I know that I can talk to my teacher and parents when I am worried.

Hi, I’m Ronnie and I’m 7. I love to make people laugh although sometimes this gets me into trouble. I have ADHD and often find it difficult to focus during lessons, especially when we have to sit still and listen.

 

I am starting to learn about my rights and my favourite is Article 31: the right to rest and play. Playtime is the best at Uplands! There are so many activities and I even got to help to choose how some school money was spent on new equipment.

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Hi, I’m Alita and I am 9 years old. I know quite a lot about rights, and I know there are some special ones for children like me who are adopted. I love football and being part of a team, which links to my favourite right, Article 15: the right to join in. This means a lot to me because I used to get bullied.

 

I used to feel lonely but now that I have a great group of friends, I try to help other children on the playground who may be going through this.

 

 

Any further information may be found at www.unicef.org.uk/rrsa

Click here to view a presentation created by students at Uplands Junior School.

Please click here to view the Children's Rights poster

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