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                                                      Rights Respecting School


Sandgate is a Rights Respecting School

Sandgate school is working towards gaining “UNICEF Rights Respecting Schools award” because we welcome the ethos of the award and believe that the values promoted by the award are exactly right for our school. We have a steering group composed of our student council members, teachers, Joyce and Alan, a school governor. They are tasked with helping all our pupils learn about and understand how to respect theirs and others rights.

Each classroom has a class charter, here is an example:-


What is the UNICEF UK Rights Respecting Schools Award?

The UNICEF UK Rights Respecting School Award (RRSA) is based on principles of equality, dignity, respect, non-discrimination and participation. The RRSA seeks to put the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child at the heart of a school’s ethos and culture to improve well-being and develop every child’s talents and abilities to their full potential. A rights-respecting school is a community where children’s rights are learned, taught, practised, respected, protected and promoted.

Young people and the school community learn about children’s rights by putting them into practice every day.
Sandgate school is very proud that we have successfully achieved the UNICEF UK Recognition of Commitment (ROC) for our Rights Respecting School work. We are now working towards level 1.

Rights Respecting Schools are places where children and young people:

·   Are empowered to participate actively in decision-making; they review what happens in school, from inside the classroom to across the whole-school, and initiate new practice and change;

·   Interpret much of human behaviour as acts of rights-support or rights-denial;

·   Respect and seek out the views of those living in the global South as a guiding principle for any work towards global justice;

·   Develop the confidence and attitude to want to take action to make a difference and learn about change;

·   Learn about some of the injustices in the way today’s world ‘works’ for example by learning about fair and unfair trade, including issues such as child labour;

·   Engage effectively in debate about controversial issues;

·   Learn how to live in a way that is sustainable for the planet and understand that actions they can take such as consuming less and re-using, recycling and repairing are strategies for supporting their own and each other’s rights;

·   Learn that to bring about change and to address underlying causes of poverty and inequality, their voices must be heard in the chambers and offices of those with power and influence;

·   Are helped to develop the ability to engage with their own feelings and the feelings of others and to empathise with others on rights issues;

·   Develop as critical thinkers able to question assumptions;

·   Develop a critical media literacy which enables them to question images and forms of representation of people and places; they recognise and challenge stereotypes and myths;

·   Are encouraged to see the future as not pre-determined and to imagine a sustainable future in which the rights of all are fulfilled;

·   Recognise and challenge injustice and all forms of rights abuse;

·   Are encouraged to recognise the similarities shared by all humanity as amounting to more than differences and to respect and, at times, celebrate differences so long as they do not infringe people’s rights;

·   Have opportunities to explore issues of equality, justice and sustainability though learning about these issues within countries as well as differences between countries; focusing on rich, Minority World countries and not just on Majority World countries.

To help young people to be effective rights-respecting global citizens, rights-respecting schools plan systematically to ensure that young people develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes identified above.

Sandgate School RRSA Leaflet


Outright Day


Summary of Rights