Fetlar Primary School receives Unicef UK Award

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Fetlar schoolchildrenFetlar Primary School has been awarded a Level 1 Rights Respecting School Award by Unicef UK.

Unicef is the world’s leading organisation working for children and their rights. The Rights Respecting Schools Award is granted to schools that show commitment to promoting and realising children’s rights and encouraging adults, children and young people to respect the rights of others in school. The Level 1 Award is given to schools that make good progress towards embedding the principles of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child into its ethos and curriculum.  There are over 950 schools across England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales that have received the Level 1 Award, and 216 schools that have been awarded a Level 2 Award, the next step up and highest accolade granted by Unicef UK.

Maggi Reyner, Headteacher of Fetlar Primary said: “I am very proud of the hard work that all children, staff and the local community have put in to achieving this award. This is particularly impressive since we only have 5 pupils. Paul Gill, our Principal Teacher is very proud that we are the smallest school to have achieved RRSA Level 1 in the whole of the UK. Our P6 pupil, Joshua Painter, has taken special responsibility and his fundraising efforts for WaterAid are particularly commendable.”

The Award recognises achievement in putting the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child at the heart of a school’s planning, policies and practice.  A Rights Respecting School is a community where children’s rights are learned, taught, practised, respected, protected and promoted. Unicef UK Rights Respecting Schools Programme Director, Frances Bestley, said: “Children at Fetlar Primary have shown a really good grasp of the Convention and a strong understanding of the wider world. It is great to see how much the Convention underpins the school’s work and values, in the classroom and at playtime. It was fantastic to see the enthusiasm that all the children and staff showed about learning about rights. We are very pleased to be awarding the Level 1 Award to Fetlar Primary and look forward to continuing our Rights Respecting work with them.”

The Unicef UK Rights Respecting Schools initiative now involves over 3,400 primary and secondary schools in the UK who have reported a positive impact on pupil behaviour, relationships and well-being by enhancing pupil’s self-esteem, leading to less truancy and bullying, better learning and improved academic standards.