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THAT'S PUPIL POWER.

Byline: MIKE MORGAN mike.morgan@eveninggazette.co.uk

TEESSIDE primary school pupils have arranged and hosted what is believed to be a national-first children's rights conference.

Whitecliffe Primary School at Carlin How was officially recognised by Unicef when it secured the charity's special Rights Respecting School Award last year.

The accolade was gained after the school embarked on a drive to place the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child at the heart of its planning and ethos.

Now, enthusiastic young pupils from the school have organised the ground-breaking Redcar and Cleveland Children's Rights Conference.

And scores of youngsters from schools from around the Teesside area are now aiming to follow Whitecliffe's pioneering lead.

Around 120 children from 18 local schools currently working towards the award attended the event at Eston's Inspire to Learn Centre.

The conference was the brainchild of former Whitecliffe pupils Alex Ayre and Jodie Found, who were on the UNCRC steering group, but have moved on to Freebrough Academy, Brotton.

Alex and Jodie were masters of ceremony at the event, which included presentations and workshops run by pupils themselves.

Alex, 12, said: "It's been a great experience and achievement which makes me proud to represent Whitecliffe school."

Jodie, 11, said: "Everyone can learn more about the rights of children now."

Senior Whitecliffe teacher Christine Otto said: "The idea for the conference has come from the Whitecliffe children themselves.

"We're very proud of them. Pupils have already achieved Level One in children's rights for Unicef and are now working towards Level Two.

"A total of 24 Whitecliffe pupils, aged from seven to 11, attended the event. They chose the venue themselves.

"Four children from each school were invited to attend, plus staff, and these children will now become children's rights ambassadors for their own schools."

Head teacher Chris Shannon said: "Our pupils have been extremely passionate about children's rights since we got the Unicef award last February and have done an outstanding job in organising this event.

"We believe this is the first children's rights conference to be held nationally and they have enjoyed a fantastic occasion."

Joan Guy, borough council Cabinet member for children's services and education, said: "The enthusiasm of the Whitecliffe pupils for children's rights issues is tremendous."

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MAKING A STAND: Above, pupils from Whitecliffe at the conference with, front left, Jodie Found and, right, Alex Ayre and, right, Whitecliffe pupils during their Unicef campaign
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