UNICEF - Rights Respecting School Award

The Rights Respecting Schools Award puts children’s rights at the heart of schools in the UK.


The UK Committee for UNICEF (UNICEF UK) works with schools in the UK to create safe and inspiring places to learn, where children are respected, their talents are nurtured and they are able to thrive. Our Rights Respecting Schools Award embeds these values in daily school life and gives children the best chance to lead happy, healthy lives and to be responsible, active citizens.


Using the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) as a guide, UNICEF are working with more UK schools than almost any other organisation. Over 1.6 million children in the UK go to a Rights Respecting School and nearly 5,000 schools up and down the country are working through the Award. Schools work with UNICEF on a journey to become fully Rights Respecting.


The Award recognises a school’s achievement in putting the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child into practice within the school and beyond.


We had our re-accreditation visit in late January 2022 and have since received confirmation from UNICEF that Foreland Fields School continues to meet the standard for UNICEF UK's Rights Respecting Schools Award at Gold Level. Comments made by UNICEF assessors include:

"Staff who are passionate, advocate for children’s rights resulting in the creation of an environment where each child thrives and is supported to be the best that they can be"

"Foreland Fields School has a nurturing, family atmosphere with strong relationships with parents/carers who clearly value the school’s rights respecting work and consequently feel empowered themselves to advocate for their children’s rights."

We are very proud of the report from UNICEF, which is attached below.