I join the Director of the UNICEF Rights Respecting Schools Award and the Policy Adviser to the Children’s Commissioner at the The Howard School in Rainham

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It was a privilege to meet the Director of the UNICEF Rights Respecting Schools Award Frances Bestley and the Policy Adviser to the Children’s Commissioner John Connolly when they visited the Howard School in Rainham this morning to talk with Pupils , Parents, Staff and Governors about the Award and how the achievement of the recent Level 2 Award by the Howard School has affected the school.

The Howard School was the first Secondary School in Medway to receive the award and I am keen to see other schools throughout Medway achieve a Level 1 or 2 in the future.

The Rights Respecting School Award (RRSA) is an initiative run by UNICEF UK, which encourages schools to place the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) at the heart of its ethos and curriculum. A Rights Respecting School not only teaches about children’s rights, it also models rights and respect in all its relationships, whether between children or between children and adults. (By courtesy of Wikipedia)

It isn’t just about children knowing their rights, it is also about them respecting the rights of others.

The photograph above shows me with Frances, John, the Principal Paul Morris, Katrina Brown the Chair of Governors and some of the students who met with us this morning.

Once again, congratulations to the Principal, Staff, Governors and in particular to the pupils for their fantastic achievement in gaining this award.

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