The Rights Respecting School Award at Northway

We are proud to be a Gold Rights Respecting School. This is the higest level that a school can be accredited at. We are one of only four schools in Sefton who have achieved this award.



The Award recognises achievement in putting the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child at the heart of a school’s planning, policies and practice.  A Rights Respecting School is a community where children’s rights are learned, taught, practised, respected, protected and promoted.

When we had our Gold visit in the Autumn term, assessors noted a number of strengths in their final report and were particularly impressed by:

  • The great emphasis on Pupil Voice which permeates throughout the school. All pupils know that their views and opinions are being listened to and considered.
  • The importance placed upon pupils’ social and emotional wellbeing
  • The wholehearted commitment of the school community to delivering a rights based approach to education.
  • The creation by pupils of a range of charters, to ensure all areas of school life reflect the values of the CRC.

Throughout the assessment, the children throughout the school talked confidently about how they are able to enjoy their rights as well and gae examples of how children in other schools, and elsewhere in the world, do not get to enjoy the rights that they should have.


What is a ‘Rights Respecting' School?

At Northway we are a ‘Rights Respecting' School. This means that we put the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) at the heart of our ethos, planning, policies and practice. The UNCRC outlines the rights that everyone under the age of 18 has and recognises that all children have the right to be treated with fairness, dignity and respect. The UNCRC states what countries must do to ensure that all children have access to their rights. Please download the convention to read about all of the rights in more detail.

A rights respecting school not only teaches about children’s rights but also models rights and respect in all its relationships: between all staff and pupils, pupils and the wider world and between the pupils themselves.

Run by children, for children

Because children have the right to have their opinions heard and taken seriously, it is only right that the children are the driving force behind the Rights Respecting Schools Award (RRSA). Each class, from Year 1/2 to Year 6, vote for a member of their class to be on the ‘Rights Council’. These children are responsible for promoting rights in their classes and across the wider school. The Rights Council meet weekly to discuss any RRSA business and often lead whole school assemblies.

Autumn Term 2018

It’s been a great start to the school year for our Rights Council. We have welcomed new representatives from each class from Year 2 to Year 6 who were voted for by their peers. They have joined the existing members who have remained part of our steering group to share their knowledge and passion for promoting children’s rights.

Our Rights Council members for 2018/19 are: Luke, Oscar, Sonny, Poppy S, Peter, Penny, Emily, Hayden, Grace, Ella, Jack, Zara, Poppy M and Amy.


Send my friend to school

Already this school year, children in Year 5 & 6 have taken part in the ‘Send my friend to school’ campaign. This is an event organised by the ‘Global Campaign for Education’ to speak up for the right to education, and remind world leaders of their promise that all children should get the chance to go to school. The children researched the many ways in which children around the word do not have their right to safety (Article 19) from living in conflict zones, to unsafe building and the effects of natural disasters as well as children who are not able to go to school and receive their right to an education (Article 28) because of family attitudes or responsibilities or because their families cannot afford to send them to school.

The children learnt about Sustainable Development Goal 4 to “ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all” by 2030 and wrote letters to our local MP, Bill Esterton, to ask what the Government are doing to ensure this goal is met.  

We are looking forward to welcoming Bill Esterton into school in October to hand deliver the children’s letters and tell him all about the ‘Send my friend to school’ campaign.


2017 - 2018

Summer Term Update

At the start of the Summer term, the whole school took part in a 'Rights Day'. On this day, each class read a book linked to rights and completed other activities to learn more about the rights that they all have. We invited parents into school to learn more about rights. Each class also produced a poster displaying a right and these are all on display in the Junior hall. 




The mascot competition winner was announced - well done to Joel in Year 2. His design has been turned into a logo that you will soon spot all over school! Rolo the Rights Respecting mascot shows that we have the right to:

  • Clean healthy water and nutritious food 
  • An education 
  • To play



Spring Term Update

During the Spring term we have continued to work towards our Level 2 award. We have: 

  • Delivered more whole school assemblies to teach children about rights but especially the history of where our rights come from 
  • Designed a newsletter to send home to parents to give them information about rights.  
  • Held a Governors meeting to discuss our progress this term. 
  • Interviewed all children in school to find out about their thoughts and knowledge about children's rights. 
  • Launched a mascot competition to find a 'Rights Respecting' mascot.
  • Created new lunch time charters.

Read our Spring newsletter here


Autumn Term Update

Throughout the Autumn Term, Rights Council have done many things to promote rights in our school:

  • Delivered whole school assemblies to teach children about the rights that they have (Article 42)
  • Organised a collection for the local foodbank as part of our Harvest celebrations to give local families thier right to healthy food (Article 24)
  • Delivered a presentation to the Governors to update them on the work we are doing in school (Article 42)
  • Organised Save the Children's 'Christmas Jumper Day' to raise money to support families around the world have their rights to health care, an adequate standard of living and education (Articles 25, 27 and 28)
  • Devised a stall at the Christmas Fayre to promote rights to parents and children (Article 42)


What did the Rights Council do last year?

Promoting RRSA across the school 

To raise awareness of rights across the school, the Rights Council came up with a way to celebrate those people in our school who respect each others' rights. There is a 'shout out wall' in both halls where children and adults can write a shout out to celebrate how we respect rights at Northway. Some of the reasons that children have been put on the shout out wall are: 

respecting the right to frienship by looking after people who were alone or upset

respecting the right to a clean environment by picking up litter from the playground 

respecting the right to an education by trying their best in every lesson 


The Rights Council have joined forces with the Rotary Club of Maghull and Aughton to run a 'RotaKids' club. In March, we had a visit from the District Governor Molly Youd and other members of the Rotary Club who presented the children with their certificates and badges and made us an official RotaKids group. 

The aim of RotaKids is to provide young people with the opportunities to participate enthusiastically in active citizenship to improve the quality of life for their school, local and global communities. We felt that the work done by a RotaKids club would link closely to our work on promoting rights in our school as well as around the world. 

Our first project is all about collecting ringpulls! These ringpulls are sent to a factory in the Phillipeans where they are turned into beautiful pieces of jewellery and even handbags! Local people can then sell these items to earn a living.

Summer term 2017 update  

We have already collected over 3000 ringpulls! Some of these have already been sent off the Phillipeans ready to be made into jewellery and bags. Mrs Wilson, our RotaKids sponsor, recently visited the Phillipeans and the factory where they make the jewellery. She also visited the rubbish dump where many of the children live and work. It reminded us how by simply collecting ringpulls can make a big difference to these children's lives. Each ringpull is worth the equivalent of 4p!









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