Unicef Rights Respecting
Welcome to Burntwood’s UNICEF Rights Respecting School Page
“The UNICEF Rights Respecting Schools Award (RRSA) award recognises achievement in putting the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) at the heart of a school’s practice to improve well-being and help all children and young people realise their potential.”
Burntwood School is very proud to be one of only four Secondary Schools in London to have been awarded the highest level of the Rights Respecting School award: Gold. This recognition comes after years of work raising awareness of children’s rights, having started our rights respecting journey in 2009. We were first accredited Gold in 2016 and reaccredited in 2019. Our student ambassadors give tirelessly of their time at least one lunch time every week and much of their own time. Over the last three academic years our ambassadors have achieved a tremendous amount, including: having written and delivered numerous assemblies to Burntwood students and local Primary Schools; attended the WE Day youth empowerment event at Wembley Arena; advised visitors from schools and colleges on their Rights Respecting journeys; attended numerous International Model United Nations’ Conferences; had the honour of addressing the Council of Europe to advocate for children’s rights; raised thousands of pounds for various charities including: our Moroccan link school, SPEAR (our local homeless charity, and Wandsworth Welcomes Refugees; having been awarded a bronze level award from Stonewall, the LGBT rights charity; marked anti- bullying week with odd socks; taught all KS2 afternoon lessons at Honeywell, Beatrix Potter and Earlsfield Primary Schools on children’s rights; participated in a treasure hunt for Articles of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and a showcase of favourite articles; hosted a borough Diversity and Inclusion Conference; attended the Stonewall Education for All LGBT conference; held a mental health silence day, hosted a visit from Lord Russell and Baroness Fookes, and spoken via video link and in Person at the Committee on Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development's sub-committee on children at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, amongst other activities!
All of our collective Rights Respecting work has improved the lives of children around the globe and raised awareness of children who have not been allowed to exercise their rights.
Every classroom and office has a Burntwood UNICEF charter to remind our whole community of our commitment to children’s rights.
In the last year, our Rights Respecting Burntwood community has been busy helping children and raising awareness of children’s rights here and across the globe.
We look forward to continuing to work with our local and global communities to further improve the lives of children who are not able to exercise their rights as set out in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.