Rights Respecting School

Rockwood Academy has been recognised as a rights respecting school by Unicef. At present we have the
award at bronze level, but we will progress to silver and then gold soon.

Unicef states that the award aims to “create safe and inspiring places to learn, where children are respected, their talents are nurtured and they are able to thrive” (link).

The award uses the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) as its guide. The UNCRC was ratified by the United Nations in 1989, and it includes 54 articles which together set out the rights of all children (link).

Every child has rights, whatever their ethnicity, gender, religion, language, abilities or any other status.

The Convention must be understood as a whole: all rights are linked and no right is more important than another. The right to relax and play (article 31) and the right to freedom of expression (article 13) are as important as the right to be safe from violence (article 19) and the right to education (article 28).

At Rockwood, we demonstrate our commitment to the rights by:

  • Teaching and learning about the rights. The UNCRC is made known to students and adults who use this shared understanding to work for improved child well-being, school improvement, global justice and sustainable living.
  • Teaching and learning through rights. Actions and decisions affecting students are rooted, reviewed and resolved through rights. Students and adults collaborate to develop and maintain a school community based on equality, dignity, respect, non-discrimination and participation.
  • Teaching and learning for rights. Children are empowered to enjoy and exercise their rights and to promote the rights of others locally and globally.

As part of our status as a rights respecting school, our students have chosen four articles from the UNCRC to form our School Charter. See our Academy Ethos and Values here.