Rights Respecting Schools

We are a Rights Respecting School!

At Cavendish Primary School, we are committed to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC).  Click this link to see a summary of the UNCRC

We learn about rights, through rights and for rights.  Our aim is to 'create brilliant citizens' and we believe that our pupils are more sensitive and empathetic towards others through learning about children's rights. 

What is the RRSA?

The letters RRSA represent 'Rights Respecting School Award'. The award is given by UNICEF to a school for recognising the 'rights' of a child. There are 3 awards, they are:

Bronze - Being Rights Committed.

Silver - Being Rights Aware.

Gold - Being Rights Respecting.

Cavendish were awarded the Silver Award in October 2019 and are currently working towards gaining the Gold Award.


Latest Cavendish RRSA News

Academic Year 2021-22

Autumn Term

Welcome back to school and the start of a brand new year. We hope that you are all excited about your new year groups and new teachers.

We have been very busy with Rights Respecting Schools so far this term. The children have learnt about their rights and they have chosen the articles to be included on their class charters. These are used regularly during the school week to ensure that all of the pupils know about and receive their rights. Please see below for some examples of our class charters.



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Our Rights Respecting Steering Group has been chosen through class elections and they are excited to get started. A Google Classroom page has been set up and there have been lots of ideas suggested to work on this year. One of the first aims was to think about our local, national and global responsibilities and how our voices can be heard. So far, three charities have been chosen to support this year on a local, national and global level. Keep your eyes peeled for events taking place during the year for how you can support these.


The Rights Respecting Steering Group identified Children in Need as a national charity to support. They thought about how to fundraise for this event which included a PYJAMA DAY! The children learnt about those who may be less fortunate and the fantastic work that Children in Need do. We talked about children's rights and how Children in Need can help deliver this for families and children. We are really proud to have raised £845 this year. Thank you to everyone who took part and donated to this fantastic cause. You can find some pictures below.






Cavendish Primary School in West Didsbury to receive prestigious Unicef UK Award



Cavendish Primary School in West Didsbury is to be 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 1000 schools across England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales that have achieved Silver and over 400 schools that have been awarded Gold, the next step up and highest accolade granted by Unicef.


Headteacher of Cavendish, Janet Marland, said: “We are very proud to have achieved the Silver Rights Respecting School Award.  Teaching children about their universal rights is an important part of our work.  It raises pupils’ awareness of where children’s rights are not being respected and gets them to think about what we can do to get politicians to address this. Knowing their own rights also helps children to keep themselves safe. By creating a school culture in which they believe their rights are known, respected, and valued, school becomes a safe space in which they can speak up about their worries and concerns.  I would like to pay tribute to the hard work of teachers, pupils, and parents/carers who have worked as a community to embed this important project throughout the school.’


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. Unicef Rights Respecting Schools Programme Director, Frances Bestley, said: “[quote to be provided by Unicef]”


The Unicef UK Rights Respecting Schools initiative is aimed at schools across the UK, including those in an early years setting. This year the programme has received additional support from The People’s Postcode Lottery. This vital funding is helping Unicef UK continue its work with over 4500 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 pupil’s self-esteem, leading to less truancy and bullying, better learning and improved academic standards.



For further information or photography please contact:


Elliot Mepham, e.mepham@cavendish.manchester.sch.uk

For further details about Unicef UK and RRSA, please contact:


Samantha Bradey, Unicef UK Communication and Resources Officer +44 (0)20 7375 6119 SamanthaB@unicef.org.uk



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*About the Unicef UK Rights Respecting Schools Award


Unicef 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 (CRC) as our guide, we are working with more UK schools than almost any other organisation. 1.6 million children in the UK go to a Rights Respecting School and more than 4,500 schools up and down the country are working towards the Award.



About Cavendish Primary School



Cavendish Primary School is a large school, of 720 pupils, which was opened in 1904.  It is a diverse school, with around 45 languages spoken by families of the school.  The cultural diversity of the school means that the children are already very tolerant and Rights Respecting Schools perfectly compliments the ethos of the school: ‘Creating Brilliant Citizens’. 


About Unicef


Unicef is the world’s leading organisation for children, promoting the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.  


Unicef UK raises funds to protect children in danger, transform their lives and build a safer world for tomorrow’s children.  As a registered charity we raise funds through donations from individuals, organisations and companies and we lobby and campaign to keep children safe. Unicef UK also runs programmes in schools, hospitals and with local authorities in the UK. For more information please visit unicef.org.uk.


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