Pupils at Whitecliffe Primary in Carlin How unite for ground-breaking accolade

Pupils at an East Cleveland school have proved that they really know their rights – after scooping a coveted UNICEF accolade.
Children at Whitecliffe Primary, in Carlin How, are the first in the Redcar and Cleveland borough to be given the charity’s Rights Respecting School Award.
The initiative is designed to put the United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) at the heart of schools’ planning and ethos.
And Whitecliffe pupils gained Level 1 of the award after spending 18 months on a project striving to highight the importance of children’s human rights.
The scheme has seen the curriculum reviewed to incorporate UNCRC, while all classes now have a charter penned by their children to replace school rules.
Pupils have been part of a steering group which drives the work forward – even taking the message out to community groups and giving talks at other local schools’ assemblies.
The enthusiastic youngsters have also delivered presentations to SureStart centre bosses and addressed 90 teaching students at Hull University this month.
One of the project’s most high-profile successes came in the form of a series of one-metre high signs spelling out children’s human rights, which were erected throughout Carlin How and Skinningrove.
Twenty signs in the shape of children were installed, each detailing articles of the UNCRC which pupils felt meant the most to them. They included the right to life, an education, a good standard of living and to relax and play.
Headteacher Chris Shannon said: “We are delighted to have achieved this award. The children have been fantastic in leading this project; their self-esteem and self-belief have improved and the backing of the local community has been fantastic.”
Councillor Joan Guy, Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Children’s Services and Education, said: “This is a wonderful project, highlighting some very important issues, and the children’s dedication to it has been absolutely superb.”

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