Rights Respecting Schools Award

Charleston School has been awarded UNICEF's Recognition of Commitment Award.

Charleston School has been awarded UNICEF’s Recognition of Commitment Award.


Our Rights Respecting Steering Group, displaying our Recognition of Commitment logo and our School Charter.



Charleston School’s Rights Respecting School Charter

Useful Links

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child

Rights Respecting Schools Award Website

Charleston’s School Charter

Children’s Rights and Participation Document

Rights Respecting Schools Newsletter, October 2015

Aberdeen City Council, Rights Respecting Newsletter, October 2016 (includes Charleston School Update)

RRS Charleston Update, October 2016

Level 1 Action plan

Charleston School are now working towards Unicef’s second award in the Rights Respecting Schools Award programme- the Level 1 Award.

RRSA Level 1 Action Plan- Charleston School   

As mentioned in our previous newsletters and during our last open afternoon, Charleston school has been working on becoming a Rights Respecting School. After months of hard work, we are now pleased to announce that we have been awarded a Recognition of Commitment Award. This is the first of three possible awards in the UNICEF Rights Respecting Schools Award programme. It highlights the efforts of the pupils and adults within our school community so far in learning about and promoting the rights of the child. We have received our certificate from UNICEF, which will be displayed in school, and we now have permission to use the logo that you see attached alongside our own school badge. We now intend to work toward achieving a Level 1 Award. We’ll keep you posted on our progress!

August/September 2016

In collaboration with pupils and staff, Charleston School has created a Rights Respecting School Charter. We have selected 6 articles (from the United Nations Convention on the Right of the Child) to highlight throughout the school whilst working, learning and playing. These articles were selected, discussed and voted on, in a similar way to how we create our Class Charters. You can view our School Charter above, or download a copy under the ‘Useful Links’ section.

April 2016

Aberdeen City Council has recently published a leaflet to promote a shared understanding of children’s rights and participation. You can access an electronic copy of this by clicking the link below. It contains an overview of Unicef’s Rights Respecting Schools initiative and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, and outlines a model for effective pupil participation in schools. A child-friendly version of this document is currently in development and should be released shortly.

Children’s Rights and Participation Document

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February/March 2016


The Rights Respecting Group are helping make Charleston School ‘Fair Aware’

23.02.16: During today’s whole school assembly, pupils started learning about Fairtrade. The Rights Respecting Steering Group helped present the assembly, which asked children to think about the food and drink we consume and where these products come from. The Rights Respecting Group then told the story of a family visiting tea farmers in Kenya. We learnt about the difficulties tea farmers face and how the ‘FairTrade Premium’ can help farmers support themselves and their families. We also took the time to look at the Fairtrade logo and some products which have a Fair-trade sticker. The Rights Respecting Steering Group would like to continue making Charleston School ‘Fair Aware’ in celebration of Fairtrade Fortnight, which starts on Monday February 29. A big well done to the pupils of the Rights Respecting group for their work so far!


09.03.16: Wristbands are now on sale to help promote and raise money for Sports Relief. Members of the Rights Respecting Group will be visiting each class daily, as they continue to make links with children’s needs/rights, the Rights Respecting Schools Award, pupil participation and charity. Each band costs £1.00 and all money received will be sent directly to Sports Relief, with at least 50p from each sale going to Sports Relief Charities.