Rights Respecting School

The Howard School is proud to have achieved the Rights Respecting Schools Award at Gold Level, the only secondary school in Kent and Medway to gain this prestigious award, and one of only a handful of schools in Britain that have been reaccredited at this highest level. Gold: Rights Respecting is the highest level of the Award and is granted to schools that have fully embedded the principles of the Convention into their ethos and curriculum. We are proud to have maintained Gold standard and the implications of this for the wider community as we educate the next generation about rights and their importance.

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) is based on an analysis of what children need in order to thrive. These needs can be grouped into four categories:

  • to survive as a fit and healthy person
  • to be protected from harm and abuse
  • to develop physically, mentally and socially
  • to participate as an active citizen


UNICEF UK believes that the principles and values of the CRC should be embedded in the ethos and curriculum of every school. It is not a one off lesson but integrated into the heart of the school, in our policies, procedures and practises. This is the purpose of the Rights Respecting School Award.

UNICEF UK’s Rights Respecting School Award (RRSA) provides a framework to help schools to use CRC as the basis for their ethos. In a rights respecting school, children learn about their rights and the responsibilities that are implied. By promoting the values of respect, dignity and non-discrimination, children’s self-esteem and wellbeing is boosted and they are less likely to suffer from stress. A child who understands their rights understands how they and others should be treated and their sense of self-worth is strengthened.

The Rights Respecting Schools Award gives children a powerful language to use to express themselves and to challenge the way they are treated. They are also able to challenge injustices for other children. Students are empowered to access information that enables them to make informed decisions about their learning, health and wellbeing. This builds their confidence to make informed decisions.

In addition, students have a moral framework, based on equality and respect for all that lasts a lifetime, as they grow into engaged, responsible members of society. Rights and principles of the Convention are used to put moral situations into perspective and consider rights-respecting solutions – this all has a huge impact on relationships and well-being

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