Ormiston South Parade Academy recognised by Unicef for excellence in promoting children’s rights

Ormiston South Parade Academy, an academy sponsored by Ormiston Academies Trust (OAT), have received a Level 1 Rights Respecting Schools Award from Unicef for its commitment to embedding children’s rights in its ethos and curriculum. It becomes the first school in Grimsby to receive this recognition.

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There are three tiers of the award – Recognition of Commitment, Level 1 and Level 2. The Level 1 award is presented to schools which can demonstrate commitment to promoting and realising children’s rights.This includes:

  • Explicitly embedding the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) in its policy, practice, and culture;
  • Promoting knowledge and understanding of the Convention throughout the school’s community
  • Encouraging children and young people to see themselves as right respecting global citizens and advocates for fairness and children’s rights.

The measures the academy has put in place to achieve this accolade include regular staff training sessions to ensure engagement from across the school; regular assemblies and lesson plans which explore the principles of human rights; and having each class named after a different country which is then researched and investigated by the children, creating a greater sense of belonging and identity.

Teachers report that, through learning about rights, children become more articulate and respectful to others, being able to better listen to and understand different opinions and points of view.

The academy will now be aiming to achieve a Level 2 status, a status where pupils and teachers will have a thorough understanding of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, and more pupils will see themselves as global citizens with a strong understanding of social justice.

OAT provides support for Ormiston South Parade Academy to help children and young people develop into well-rounded and socially conscious individuals through its Enrichment Charter. This is a policy which provides opportunities for learning outside of the classroom through several different activities, and encourages students to explore cultures outside of their own.

Unicef UK raises funds to protect children in danger, transform their lives, and build a safer world for tomorrow’s children.  As a registered charity, it raises funds through donations from individuals, organisations, and companies and campaigns to keep children safe.

Jane Nolan, Executive Principal at Ormiston South Parade Academy, said:

"I am so proud of our academy for achieving this fantastic accolade – it is testament to the challenging work and dedication of our teachers and pupils.

"Ensuring the next generation holds a healthy respect for human rights and has a good knowledge of global issues is so important, and this award shows that Ormiston South Parade Academy is leading the way on this in Grimsby."