Rights Respecting & Global Citizenship

Here at Chesterton the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child is at our heart. We ensure children’s rights are learned, taught, practised, respected, protected and promoted. With children, staff and families working together, Chesterton fosters a respectful and safe environment for all.


Since 2013 we have worked with UNICEF UK and are proud to be a Gold UNICEF Rights Respecting School. This is due to our continued work throughout our curriculum, school community and global action. At all ages, pupils learn about their inherent and inalienable rights that they are given at birth. They learn that all children, regardless of race, gender, religion or location have these universal rights. Pupils at Chesterton explore the ways in which children enjoy their rights around the world, as well as those who do not.

You can read our Gold Accreditation Report here.

The Sustainable Development Goals are in integral part of our curriculum. Our pupils develop an understanding that we all have a role to play in making our world a more equal place for all. Teaching of the SDGs comes through our broad and balanced curriculum, but they are also highlighted in though our campaign work and assemblies.

At Chesterton we learn about our rights, but we also learn 'through’ our rights. To support us in this, we are part of the ‘WE movement’. WE is all about active participation and providing pupils with the tools to change the world. Our pupils are stepping up and making a difference in their local community and world at large. Through our work with ‘WE’, Chesterton pupils know that no matter your age or where you live, we can all make a positive impact – whether that’s volunteering, fundraising or raising awareness for causes that matter. Our pupils strive to achieve their best for themselves and for others.

Throughout the academic year, all year groups will participate in at least one change making campaign. Here are just a few of the events we will be taking part in this academic year which link our UNICEF, SDG and WE work all together.

September: WE Scare Hunger, The World’s Largest Lesson (whole school)

October: ‘Sock-Tober’ Clothing Drive, World Mental Health Day (whole school)

November: Year 2 - WE Volunteer Now (Making positive impacts in your community)

December: Year 6 - WE Are Silent (Vow of silence to stand up for those struggling to have their basic human rights met)

January - Year 5 - WE Rise Above (Tackling Cyber Bullying)

February: WE Won’t Rest (Sleep-Out to raise awareness about homelessness -  Yr 4/5/6 selected pupils)

March: Year 3 WE Feel Good (Positive Mental Health and Well-being)

April: Year 4 - WE Go Green (Sustainability and Climate Change)

May: WE Need Numeracy, WE Walk for Water (Whole School)

June: Year 1 WE Read Together (Advocacy for Education and Literacy)

July: Nursery Project on Identity