We are a UNICEF Rights Respecting School. A What?

What is a Rights Respecting School

The UNICEF UK Rights Respecting Schools Award (RRSA) is based on principles of equality, dignity, respect, non-discrimination and participation. The RRSA seeks to put the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child at the heart of a school’s ethos and culture to improve well-being and develop every child’s talents and abilities to their full potential.

A rights-respecting school is a community where children’s rights are learned, taught, practised, respected, protected and promoted. Young people and the school community learn about children’s rights by putting them into practice every day.

UNICEF UK Rights Respecting Schools are required to implement four evidence-based standards.

  • Rights-respecting values underpin leadership and management.
  • The whole school community learns about the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
  • The school has a rights-respecting ethos.
  • Children are empowered to become active citizens and learners.

Our children created last year their own class charters, incorporating elements of the UN charter for children.   Each class talked through their own charter of rights and how these rights also have responsibilities.  The charter is agreed in each class and put into practice.  Throughout our school and with parents we will create a rights respecting ethos which will add and emphasise the values we already uphold at BP.

The UN charter of children’s rights is in two versions, a summary version and a children’s version, here are both:

Our children also took part in the Wandsworth United Nations Debate,  they selected a country to represent and selected a specific right to emphasise.  here are just a few shots of the event featuring our children:

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Our Deputy Headteacher Mrs S Gleed-Smith is leading ably assisted by our pupils rights respecting council.  We have already achieved part of the award


Children’s Rights, a day in the life of a child at BP, celebrating a Right’s Respecting School.


Take a look and a listen to our Rights Respecting Anthem, presented to the parents by the whole school on our Mother’s day sing song.


Working with The Lunchbowl Charity and making a Batik as part of a link with Ethiopia.

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Unicef Food bank    A letter from Unicef and our work with the local food bank.

Stop Press  BP has been given Rights Respecting Level 2 award for our work.  This means we are an exemplar school and will be used as an outstanding UNICEF school.  Read the report:  (Shortly to be on site)  We went straight to  level 2, highly unusual, brilliant result and congratulations to the BP community who supported our work.

Our Rights Respecting Council


Update on our Lunch bowl support.    A massive thank you to Beatrix Potter School community for raising an incredible £719.63 for The Lunchbowl Network.  Every penny goes to the feeding and education programme run by Lunchbowl in Kibera, Kenya. This money literally saves lives, but also brings hope through education to some of the poorest children.  The amount Beatrix Potter school raised is equivalent to funding a child through the kindergarten for 2 and half years. In meal terms it is equivalent to a staggering 2158 meals!   Thank you all so much for your ongoing support. For further information see; http://www.lunchbowlnetwork.org

BP is also commencing a project in Malawi to support a village school.  We have donated £700 raised from various sources to the building of a new classroom so children van go to school all year round.  More news and pictures shortly.