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Castle Hill Infant School recognised by UNICEF

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Castle Hill Infant School has achieved a new award. They are the first school in Suffolk to be awarded the UNICEF UK Rights Respecting School Award Level One. Will Jackson, UNICEF’s assessor spent a day meeting children, parents and staff to discuss the impact the award has had on the school.

He said ” It was clear that everyone places importance on developing an ethos where children are able to know, understand and realise their rights.” He was particularly impressed by the parental understanding of the work taking place within the school in relation to this award.

The Principal, Eileen Allpress, described the school’s vision,” We have many children from disadvantaged backgrounds. We wanted to build up children’s self-esteem and develop how they interact with society. The Rights Respecting School Award is an ideal vehicle to help us hone this through the curriculum.”

The school have a charter of Rights and Responsibilities which the children help devise. The school holds regular themed days to which parents and carers are able to come into school to work with their children to support their understanding.

Parents commented that their children talked about rights at home and noted the positive impact in school. One parent said, “It’s better for them because it’s their rights rather than our rules.”

During the assessment children were able to talk to the assessor about the link between rights and global citizenship. They have learnt that in some countries education is not free, and that there are inequalities in the wider world that needed to be addressed. One child explained,” Some children can’t go to school”.

The children, parents and staff are extremely proud to have achieved this award.

If you would like any further information please visit www.unicef.org.uk

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