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Penwortham Girls’ High School wins UNICEF children’s rights award

Posted on - 19th December, 2021 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Education, Penwortham, Proud Preston, Schools, South Ribble News
Penwortham Girls' High School Pic: Google
Penwortham Girls’ High School Pic: Google

A Penwortham school has won a children’s rights award following an official UNICEF assessment.

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Penwortham Girls’ High School received the Rights Respecting Schools Silver Award, marking progress towards embedding children’s rights in school policy, practice and ethos.

A UNICEF Professional Adviser, who evaluated rights-respecting work, assessed the school so they could receive the award.

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The school had to teach about rights through training, curriculum, assemblies, topics, focus days/weeks, and displays.

They also had to teach by modelling rights-respecting language and attitudes while making strategic decisions that involved students.

The school had to be ambassadors for the rights of others, developing as rights-respecting citizens.

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According to UNICEF, winning the award means there is evidence that the school is:

  • Explicitly embedding the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in its policy, practice and culture.
  • Promoting knowledge and understanding of the convention throughout the school community.
  • Putting into action and developing the plans outlined in the Action Plan for Silver, submitted to achieve Bronze: Rights Committed.
  • Beginning to see the positive impact of these actions on children and young people, staff, and the school ethos, practice and environment.

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The children and young people are now beginning to see themselves as rights-respecting global citizens and advocates for fairness and children’s rights, both locally and globally.

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