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Gold award for Beatlie

Beatlie School Campus in Livingston has become the first special school in West Lothian to achieve a Gold award from United Nations' children's charity UNICEF.

It is one of just three special schools in the whole of Scotland to win the top award in the Rights Respecting Schools programme, which places children's rights at the heart of the curriculum. 
 
To achieve the award, the school demonstrated how they have put the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) at the core of the school's planning, policies, practice and ethos. 
 
This includes teaching about children's rights, as well as encouraging respect in all relationships involving teachers, adults and pupils.
 
Beatlie Headteacher Carol Robbie said: "We are delighted and honoured to have achieved the UNICEF Gold Rights Respecting Award.  
 
"It's great to see that the assessors recognised the positive ethos and culture that places children's rights at the heart of our curriculum.  
 
"We are very proud of our fantastic pupils, families and staff who work together to make Beatlie the special place it is."  
 
The school has been involved in events throughout the year to achieve the award, including the Changing Places and UNICEF OutRight campaigns with support from the school community.
 
Gerry McMurtrie, Senior Professional Advisor (Scotland) from UNICEF's Rights Respecting Schools said:  "We are very pleased to award Beatlie School Campus Gold: Rights Aware, the highest level granted to schools through the Rights Respecting Schools Award. 
 
"Children at Beatlie are happy, safe, nurtured and supported to communicate in ways that meet their needs. Staff are highly skilled, confident and committed - they strive to do their very best for every child.  
 
"The whole school has embraced a culture based on the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. It is clear that the school's rights respecting work has created positive and empowering learning environment for all, and we are very pleased to be awarding them the UNICEF Gold Rights Respecting Schools Award."
 
Beatlie is one of seven schools in West Lothian to have achieved the Gold award, which also includes primary schools such as Boghall and Windyknowe in Bathgate, Knightsridge and St Ninian's Primary School in Livingston, and East Calder as well as St Kentigern's Academy in Blackburn.
 
Executive councillor for education David Dodds added: "Congratulations to everyone at Beatlie on becoming the first special school in West Lothian to achieve Unicef's Gold award.
 
"It's a tremendous achievement that the whole school community can be rightly proud of.
 
"All the schools taking part in the Rights Respecting Schools programme have shown their commitment to creating a culture of mutual respect in their community."