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Cliffedale is a Rights Respecting School


Cliffedale Primary School is a Rights Respecting School. We believe in the rights of all children. In 1989 governments around the world promised all children the same rights by adopting the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. Every child and young person in the world has these rights, no matter whom they are or where they live. Being a Rights Respecting School, we believe, helps our pupils become confident, caring and responsible young people both in school and in the wider world. By learning about their rights, our pupils also explore how they need to respect these rights and stand up for the rights of all children in the world as global citizens.

What is the Rights Respecting Schools Award (RRSA)?

The award recognises achievement in putting the UN Convention on the Right of the Child (UNCRC) at the heart of a school’s practice to improve well-being and help all children and young people realise their potential.

The award is based on principles of equality, dignity, respect, non-discrimination and participation. The initiative started in 2006 and schools involved in the Award have reported a positive impact on relationships and well-being, leading to better learning and behaviour, improved academic standards and less bullying

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Achieving the Bronze: Rights Committed means there is evidence that:

  • You have introduced the RRSA Three Strands into your school community

  • Your school’s senior leadership team (SLT) understands what is involved in the Award and is committed to embarking on the Unicef UK rights respecting journey

  • The right foundations are in place for your school’s journey to the second stage of the Award, Silver: Rights Aware

    Our ultimate goal is to see children’s rights as an embedded part of the education system. This is an ambitious long-term goal, and to reach it we must evolve as a programme, building on the good practice we already see in schools.

    Building a rights-based community

    Being a Rights Respecting School is about more than just ‘doing the Award’. It’s about becoming a rights-based community in which children are valued and are able to thrive. In order to achieve this we need every school to make progress through the programme.


Our Rights Respecting Steering group includes two members of staff, one governor and a group of pupils. We have worked together to select the 10 rights we, as a whole school will focus on this year.

  • Article 2 The convention applies to everyone: whatever their race, religion or abilities, whatever they think or say, whatever type of family they come from.

  • Article 3 The best interests of the child must be a top priority in all things that affect children.

  • Article 12 Every child has the right to have a say in all matters affecting them, and to have their views taken seriously.

  • Article 14 Every child has the right to think and believe what they want and to practice their religion, as long as they are not stopping other people from enjoying their rights. Governments must respect the parents to give their children information about this right.

  • Article 15 Every child has the right to meet with other children and to join groups and organisations, as long as this does not stop other people from enjoying their right.

  • Article 24 Every child has the right to the best possible health. Governments must work to provide good quality health care, clean water, nutritious food and a clean environment so that children can stay healthy. Richer countries must help poorer countries to achieve this.

  • Article 28 Every child has the right to an education. Primary education must be free. Secondary education must be available for every child. Discipline in schools must respect children’s dignity. Richer countries must help poorer countries to achieve this.

  • Article 30 Every child has the right to learn and use the language, customs and religion of their family, regardless of whether these are shared by the majority if the people in the country where they live.

  • Article 31 Every child have the right to relax, play and take part in a wide range of cultural and artistic activities.

We have developed links with a school in Ghana.
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