UNICEF Rights Respecting School


Rights Respecting Schools – North Ridge High School

Click here to read a child-friendly version of The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Click here to read the report from our Gold Accreditation Visit

Click here to go on a virtual tour of our Rights Respecting School.

Congratulations to the whole school community, as we have now achieved the Rights Respecting Gold Award. Thank you for all your hard work and support in achieving this award. Our Accreditors from UNICEF were particularly impressed by the fantastic knowledge of rights not just by the children but by the whole school community.

Our commitment to the rights of the child was commended, and UNICEF were impressed by how the children stand up for other children's rights as well as their own, for example, in their air pollution campaigning. We are now asked to champion the Rights across Manchester, sharing our good practice with other schools. 

Our Rights Respecting Journey began in 2017 when we achieved our Bronze Award. In February 2019, we were accredited with a Silver Award and in April 2021, we achieved Gold. The aim of this award is to bring children's rights and responsibilities into everyday learning as well as educate our children on the rights of children all around the world.

The programme is based on the Articles of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, which applies to all young people under 18.

We feel that children's rights are essential to education, even for the youngest children and that the programme will contribute to their development in later life.

Here are some of the ways the UNICEF Rights of the Child are upheld and promoted in school:

Class Charters

Each class has designed their own charter, linking four articles to their learning that term. The statements and promises from pupils and adults promote mutual respect - the rights holders know that their rights are protected and promoted by their duty bearers.

Articles around the school

The 42 articles are displayed around the school, and child-produced posters indicate where the children access their rights in their learning environment. 

Referencing Articles in their learning

Children link the 42 articles to their learning in class and also understand that they are using their articles in outdoor learning. The curriculum is designed to develop critical thinkers and responsible citizens. Children have fought for the rights of children locally and nationally through a variety of topics, e.g. fashion in year 3, fair trade in year 4 and democracy in year 6. The children understand that ALL children should have access to these rights.


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