A Huddersfield Primary School was celebrating last month after becoming the first school in Kirklees to pick up a prestigious UNICEF award.
Spring Grove Primary School was issued with the Level Two Rights Respecting Award for their dedication to meeting the rights of their pupils and teaching about the rights of children across the world.
The process was launched to encourage children, staff and parents alike to reflect upon and value their own rights as set out in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC).
Headteacher, Mrs Bibi Laher, said that the accolade was an ‘amazing achievement’ and one the school was ‘extremely proud’ to receive.
“We always put children first here at Spring Grove and give them the chance to have a voice because we want them to have the ability to be independent thinker, whether that be in education or elsewhere in life,” she explained.
“When we heard about the Rights and Respects awards we saw no reason why we shouldn’t go for a level two as these teachings are incorporated into our curriculum. Wherever teachers can bring the rights of children into their lessons, they do.”
The assessment report received from UNICEF states that the vision and values of the school ‘explicitly include rights respecting values linked to global citizenship and sustainability’, something Mrs Laher is very proud of.
The report added: “The headteacher is clear that ‘Our values uphold and promote the value and vision of the UNCRC’. Spring Grove is a multi-cultural school where everyone is encouraged to achieve their potential and this is supported by the ‘Children’s Charter’.
“The school’s vision and values are reviewed at the start of each school year by the children as well as staff and this year the children’s contribution included: ‘every child should have their rights’, ‘respect each other’, ‘working together as a school and compromising with each other’, ‘being a role model’ and to ‘give love’.
“It is apparent that children are empowered to voice their opinions with confidence and in the full knowledge that they can effect change with regard to the promotion of the UNCRC.”