Lewes school leads way with Unicef award

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EAST Sussex County Council has congratulated a Lewes primary school on achieving a top award from Unicef.

Wallands Primary School has been awarded the first level in Unicef’s Rights Respecting School Award for its work ensuring children’s rights are at the heart of school life.

To achieve the award the school had to achieve four key standards set by Unicef: rights-respecting values have to underpin all leadership and management; the whole school has to learn about the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC); the school has to have a rights-respecting ethos; and children have to actively participate in decision-making throughout the school.

The aim of the programme, which involves schools up and down the country, is to give children a better understanding of their rights and the responsibilities that go with them.

Wallands has become the first in the county to achieve the award and one of only 250 schools nationwide to have reached the standard. The school’s standards were examined by a Unicef assessor before the award was made.

Headteacher, Debbie Gordon, said: “Wallands has always been a community school which values pupil voice and the contributions our children make to our school, the local community and the wider world.

“We are delighted to have achieved this award which recognises the articulate, mature individuals our children are becoming and encapsulates all we believe about a well rounded education at its best.”

East Sussex County Council’s Lead Member for Learning and School Effectiveness, Cllr Nick Bennett, visited the school on Friday.

He said: “I would like to congratulate everyone at Wallands for this wonderful achievement. Educating children about their rights helps to make them feel included, improves their self-esteem, and helps them to understand the responsibilities they have towards others.”