Evidence gathered from schools participating in the RRSA suggests that when the values of the UNCRC underpin the ethos and curriculum of a school, they have a significant, positive impact on important aspects of child well-being and school improvement.
They also have a positive effect on the relationships, teaching approaches, attitudes and behaviour of everyone involved. UNICEF reports that teachers, children and parents have :
- Improved pupil self-esteem Pupils’ enhanced moral development
- Improved behaviour and relationships(reductions in bullying, exclusions and improved attendance)
- More positive attitudes towards diversity in society and the reduction of prejudice Pupils’ development as global citizens
- Overall school improvement (including learning environment and academic standards)
- Enhanced job satisfaction for teachers
(Taken from the Unicef briefing paper)