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Rights Respecting Schools Award

Valley Invicta Primary School at Holborough Lakes aims to become a Rights Respecting School.



The Rights Respecting Schools Award programme supports schools to embed the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child in their practice to improve well-being and help all children realise their potential.

The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child sets out the human rights of every person under the age of 18. The Convention is an international human rights treaty which was adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1989 and ratified by the UK in 1991.

Here are the Rights

The Unicef UK Rights Respecting Schools Award (RRSA) supports schools across the UK to embed children’s human rights in their ethos and culture. Schools can achieve a special award. The award recognises achievement in putting the UN Convention on the Right of the Child (UNCRC) at the heart of a school’s practice to improve well-being and help all children realise their potential.

The award is based on principles of equality, dignity, respect, non-discrimination and participation. The initiative started in 2006 and schools involved in the Award have reported a positive impact on relationships and well-being, leading to better learning and behaviour, improved academic standards and less bullying. The Award is aimed at schools across the UK.

Schools involved in the Rights Respecting Schools Award work towards recognition that they have embedded children’s rights in their school’s practice and ethos. Schools are required to implement four evidence-based standards that cover:

  • the leadership of the school,
  • knowledge and understanding of children’s rights,
  • ethos and relationships,
  • the empowerment of children.

RRSA consists of three awards:

  • Recognition of Commitment (Bronze award)
  • Stage 1 (Silver Award)
  • Stage 2 (Gold award)

VIPS at Holborough Lakes have now received the award for Recognition of Commitment (Bronze award).  This recognises that we are committed to principles of The Convention on the Right of the Child and that we are working towards ensuring that it underpins the core values of our school. 

In order to achieve Stage 2 (Silver Award) we will undertake an assessment in December 2018. This assessment will identify if we demonstrated that VIPS Holborough Lakes, as a whole community, has embraced the principles behind the Rights Respecting Award and that it is central to our beliefs.

The school will communicate with its parents / carers and partners throughout this process in order to inform them of where we are on the journey and how they might be able to help us in our quest.

Our Rights Respecting Team