School wins on children’s rights
A SCHOOL has won an award for its work to teach pupils about children’s rights – which includes a song sent to David Beckham.
Dean Valley Primary School in Bollington is the only school in Cheshire East in the last three years to gain the Level 1 Rights Respecting Schools Award from global children’s charity UNICEF.
It marks efforts by the school to instil children’s human rights in its ethos and culture. UNICEF champions the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) which sets out the civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights that all children are entitled to.
The award recognises the school’s achievement in putting the UNCRC at the heart of its practice.
During a Super Learning Week, the children focused on diversity and learned about the UNICEF 7 project endorsed by ambassador David Beckham to protect children in danger. The pupils made up a song which was sent to UNICEF and shared with David.
Emily Smith, headteacher, said: “The award recognises our achievement in putting children’s rights at the heart of our practice to improve wellbeing and help children realise their potential.
“It’s based on equality, dignity, respect, nondiscrimination and participation, taught through assemblies and the curriculum. We teach pupils about the rights of children around the world and how some children’s rights are not respected.
“The award is a powerful tool for the school community to gain a deeper understanding of children’s rights within our school, local and global communities.
“The United Nations Convention on the Rights of a Child is used alongside British values to prepare our pupils to be global citizens.”
●● Vicar Steve Rathbone (centre) with, from left: Joe Rees (mountain rescue), Damien (Bike Factory), Adam (Bike Factory) and Dick Warren (mountain rescue)
●● Pupils at Dean Valley Primary School with their Rights Respecting Schools award from UNICEF