We know our rights – Milton pupils going for gold after UNICEF award

A MOSSLEY school refuses to rest on its laurels after securing a prestigious award recognising the rights of its pupils.Milton St John’s C of E is one of only two Tameside schools to win the UNICEF Rights Respecting (RRSA) silver award.

It is granted to educational establishments showing good progress towards embedding child rights in their school.

Now pupils and staff at the Mill Lane school are going for gold; in doing so aiming to become the first in Tameside and one of less than 500 in the country to achieve the highest stage of the RRSA
It is given to schools to have fully embedded the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in their practice and ethos.

Class teacher Alix Gee, a school UNICEF co-ordinator, “We weren’t too far from gold this time.

“So, we are going to work alongside our RE and Personal, Social Health and Economic (PSHE) co-ordinators to make sure we are branching out further afield into the more global aspects and the wider community rather than just the in-school pupil.

“We already do quite a lot as part of our school. But we need to make sure the children recognise it discreetly as being embedded as part of the rights rather than just doing charitable works for the sake of it.

“In this ever-uncertain climate though it’s nice the children know what their rights are as well as what the rights of children around the world are and how we can impact them positively in the future.”

Fellow teacher and co-ordinator Laura Hurst added: explained how pupils have been at the centre of promoting the UNICEF initiative, helping to secure the bronze award in 2018.“Our UNICEF ambassadors have helped drive this through the school.

“We meet regularly to help come up with ideas and solutions, including playground charters and raising awareness of the rights with parents.

“These ambassadors were nominated at the beginning of our journey, they filled out forms, we held mini interviews to see who were best fit to drive this forward.”

Over 1.6 million children in the UK go to a Rights Respecting School and nearly 5,000 schools up and down the country are working through the Award. Schools work with UNICEF on a journey to become fully Rights Respecting.

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