The Howard School in Rainham is the first secondary school in Medway to receive UNICEF UK Award


I was privileged to congratulate Staff and Governors at The Howard School in Rainham yesterday on their achievement of the Unicef UK Award.

I also took the opportunity of congratulating them on their recent GOOD Ofsted and wished them the very best of luck on this , the first day, of their exciting journey as an Academy.



The photograph above shows me with the Principal Paul Morris with the award and below addressing the staff and governors.

Here is the Release issued by the school.The Howard School in Rainham is the first secondary school in Medway to receive UNICEF UK Award

The Howard School in Rainham has been awarded a Level 2* Rights Respecting School Award by UNICEF UK; the first secondary school in Medway to receive this prestigious award.

UNICEF is the world’s leading organisation working for children and their rights. The Rights Respecting Schools Award is granted to schools that show commitment to promoting children’s rights and encouraging children and young people to respect the rights of others in school. The Level 2 Award is the highest given by UNICEF UK and shows a deep and thorough commitment to children’s rights at all levels of school life. There are just 200 schools across England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales that have received the Level 2 Award.

Principal of The Howard School, [Paul Morris], said: “I am proud the school has received the Level 2 Award from UNICEF UK, This means a great deal for the school community. The positive impact of RRSA on pupils and the school as a whole has been immense. We have put children’s rights (the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child) at the heart of a school. This is effectively an award given for how we treat our pupils.”

The Award recognises achievement in putting the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child at the heart of a school’s planning, policies and practice. UNICEF UK RRSA Programme Director, Frances Bestley, said: “The school very much impressed us with how pupils and staff have fully embraced the rights-respecting ethos. Students at The Howard School understand and are strongly committed to children’s rights. They are listened to, participate fully in school life and have a strong understanding of the wider world. It is clear that the school’s rights-respecting work has a created positive and empowering learning environment for all and we are very pleased to be awarding them the UNICEF UK Level 2 Rights Respecting Schools Award.”

The Rights Respecting Schools initiative now involves thousands of primary and secondary schools in the UK but few have reached the prestigious Level 2.


For further information or photography please contact:

Kerry Fox, +44(0)1634 388765,

For further details about UNICEF UK and RRSA, please contact:

Joe English, UNICEF UK Press Office +44 (0)20 7375 6091

Notes for editors:

*About the UNICEF UK Rights Respecting Schools Award

A school that achieves the Rights Respecting Schools (RRS) Level 2 Award has fully embedded the principles of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) into its ethos, culture and curriculum. The Award is valid for three years.

To achieve Level 2 status, schools must meet four standards:
Standard A: Rights-respecting values underpin leadership and management Standard B: The whole school community learns about the CRC
Standard C: The school has a rights-respecting ethos
Standard D: Children are empowered to become active citizens and learners

Level 1 of the UNICEF UK RRS Award examines the leadership and management of a school and how it incorporates the values of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) into the whole ethos of the school and its curriculum. It examines teaching and learning in classrooms, whether pupils are encouraged to participate in decision-making processes at the school and how the school helps pupils develop as global citizens. The school self-evaluates progress and when they believe they have met the standards an external assessment takes place and where the standards have been met a certificate is awarded. (Achieving Level 1 takes between 12 to 18 months).

About The Howard School

The Howard is one of the biggest all boys’ non-selective schools in the country with approaching 1,600 students. Over the last three years it has been the highest achieving boys’ non-selective school in Kent and Medway.


UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere. UNICEF UK raises funds for UNICEF’s emergency and development work and advocates for lasting change for children everywhere. We are a UK registered charity, supported entirely by voluntary donations. We do not receive any money from the UN. For more

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