Annanhill Primary UNICEF UK award winners with AHT Miss O'Neill

Annanhill Primary School receives prestigious UNICEF UK Award

Annanhill Primary School has been awarded the Silver Rights Respecting School Award by UNICEF UK.

UNICEF is the world’s leading organisation working for children and their rights. The Rights Respecting Schools Award is granted to schools that show commitment to promoting and realising children’s rights and encouraging adults, children and young people to respect the rights of others in school. Silver is given to schools that make excellent progress towards embedding the principles of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child into its ethos and curriculum. There are over 1,300 schools across England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales that have achieved Silver and over 600 schools that have been awarded Gold, the next step up and highest accolade granted by UNICEF.

Head Teacher of Annanhill Primary School, Emma Johnstone, said: "We are really proud of this achievement, and are especially proud of our wonderful Primary 7 leaders, they have been incredible at sharing our article of the week and leading our virtual assemblies. The Rights Respecting Schools initiative has fitted in so well with our school values of RESPECT, KINDNESS and ACHIEVEMENT."

Councillor Elaine Cowan, Cabinet Spokesperson for Lifelong Learning, Education and Skills and Culture said: "I’m delighted Annanhill Primary has achieved the Silver award from UNICEF. This accolade is a superb reflection on our children and young people, their parents and carers, Head Teacher Emma Johnstone and all the staff who work hard to make sure every child can be the best they can be."

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.

The UNICEF UK Rights Respecting Schools initiative is aimed at schools across the UK, including those in an early years setting. Currently, it works with nearly 5,000 primary schools, secondary schools, schools for children and young people with special educational needs and pupil referral units across England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Schools have reported a positive impact on pupil behaviour, relationships and well-being by enhancing pupils’ self-esteem, leading to less truancy and bullying, better learning and improved academic standards.