Whole School Charter


Rights Respecting Schools Award

We are proud to be the first school in Devon to receive the prestigious Unicef UK Gold Award !

This is the highest level of the Award and is granted by Unicef UK to schools that have fully embedded children’s rights throughout the school in policies, practice and ethos, as outlined in the four standards.   

The Rights respecting School Award is a Unicef scheme based on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC).  More information on the convention can be accessed here:  Unicef  

The key provisions in the UNCRC are: 

  • The right to a childhood (including protection from harm) 

Article 19 – Every child must be protected from all forms of violence, abuse, neglect and bad treatment. 

  • The right to be educated (including all girls and boys completing primary school) 

Article 28 – Every child has the right to an education. Primary education must be free. 

  • The right to be healthy (including having clean water, nutritious food and medical care) 

Article 24 – Every child has the right to the best possible health. 

  • The right to be protected and treated fairly (which includes changing laws and practices that discriminate against children) 

Article 19 – Every child has the right to be treated fairly. 

  • The right to be heard (which includes considering children’s views)  

Article 12 Every child has the right to express their views in all matters affecting them, and have their views taken seriously. 

We want the UNCRC to be at the heart of everything we do.  It teaches children about their rights and that all children, no matter where in the world they live, have the same rights.  It also reinforces the principles of behaviour and values within society.  Our behaviour policy is based on the UNCRC. Every year children in each class create a charter which shows the rights they think impact most on their life in school, and how we can all make sure these rights are respected.  We have Rights Respecting displays throughout the school, and children can receive a Rights Respecting Superstar award for showing outstanding respect of other children’s rights. Our staff promises are displayed in the entrance hallway showing how all staff take responsibility for ensuring the children at Upton have their right to the best possible education (Article 29).  

Children learn that rights foster a sense of community, respect and responsibility.  If children have a right to be protected from conflict, cruelty, exploitation and neglect, they also need to show respect, care and consideration for their friends and the living environment around them.    

Evidence shows that children who are aware of their rights are able to make informed decisions and are more likely to grow into confident, active and responsible citizens. 

Research shows children have better relationships with classmates and adults when they are taught about rights and respect. 

Ofsted states that the Rights Respecting Schools Award has had a positive effect on the ethos and on pupils’ sense of ownership and responsibility for themselves, the environment and other people.  The award has helped schools to successfully promote empowerment of pupils and this has contributed exceptionally well to their safety. 

In addition children can benefit from: 

  • Improved self-esteem and well-being 
  • Improved relationships and behaviour 
  • Improved engagement in learning 
  • Enhanced moral understanding and support for Global justice 
  • Positive attitudes towards diversity in society and the reduction of prejudice 

The ethos behind the UNCRC and the Rights Respecting Schools Award reflects the way our school is and the way we want it to continue to be. 

To find out more about the Gold Award please visit the 'We are proud' page...