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Rights Respecting

We are a UNICEF UK Rights Respecting School!


We are a silver accredited school and are  working towards the Gold Award.


UNICEF is the world’s leading organisation working for children and young people to promote and protect their rights. In 1989, governments across the world agreed that all children have the same rights by adopting the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. These rights are based on what a child needs to survive, grow, participate and fulfill their potential.


The Rights Respecting School’s Award recognises schools that place children’s rights with age-appropriate responsibilities at the heart of their school. It means that our children will learn about these rights and responsibilities by putting them into practice every day. This approach reflects our school ethos; that all children have the opportunity to learn in a safe, happy and harmonious environment. It will also help our children to develop responsibility with respect for themselves and others; values and attitudes that will stand them in good stead as they become global citizens.


Oakdale Junior School have successfully achieved their Level 1 Gold Award. Support from the Junior School will help us with our continued journey in gaining our Gold Award.                


We hope you will be able to support us in continuing our Rights Respecting journey. For further information please visit

Unicef UK Rights Respecting School Questions & Answers


It is an exciting time in the life of Oakdale Infant School. Our journey continues which will benefit the whole school community, from pupils and staff to parents and governors. Here’s what we think you might like to know about it.


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What is a Unicef UK Rights Respecting School?

When schools get involved, the children learn about their rights by putting them into practice every day. Children and adults will learn about the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) which outlines what children need to survive and thrive, becoming the best they can be and achieving their potential.

Why is this happening?

A Unicef UK Rights Respecting School models rights and respect in all its relationships, whether between adults and pupils, between pupils or between adults. It is proven to benefit everyone in the school community to grow and learn together. Read more about the Award at

How will becoming a Rights Respecting School benefit my child(ren)?

This approach works in many schools across the country to improve well-being and develop every child's talents and abilities to their full potential. Head Teachers from schools involved in the Award say it has improved children's’ and young people’s respect for themselves and others and contributed to children and young people being more engaged with their learning.

How can I get involved?

We hope you will support the schools journey to become a Unicef UK Rights Respecting School. Please read about the Convention and Unicef’s work (see below) to see what it’s all about!

What is the Convention on the Rights of the Child

In 1989, governments worldwide promised all children the same rights by adopting the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. The Convention recognised that all children have the right to be treated with dignity and fairness, to be protected to develop their full potential and participate. The rights in the Convention describe what a child needs to survive, grow and live up to their potential in the world. They apply equally to any child, no matter who they are or where they came from. The Convention changed the way children are viewed and treated—in other words, as human beings with a distinct set of rights instead of as passive objects of care and charity. It is the most widely ratified human rights treaty.—only the United States has not ratified it. The UK signed up to it in 1991. You can read more about it at

What is Unicef?

Unicef is the world’s leading organisation for children and young people, promoting the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything they do. Together with their partners,

Unicef works in 190 countries to translate that commitment into practical action. Unicef UK is a registered charity. It raises funds through donations from individuals, organisations and companies and campaigns to keep children safe. Unicef UK also works with schools, hospitals and local authorities in the UK to put children at the heart of what they do.

To find out more about Unicef go to

Global Goals

In 2015, world leaders agreed to 17 goals for a better world by 2030.

These goals have the power to end poverty, fight inequality and address the urgency of climate change.

Guided by the goals, it is now up to all of us, governments, businesses, civil society and the general public to work together to build a better future for everyone.