Cherie Sykes

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Research interests

Chérie Sykes is currently a part-time Ph.D student (studentship) in the School of Education at Brighton University. In addition to her doctoral studies, she is a PGR student representative for SoE PGRs and a Ph.D Ambassador for the University. Chérie also teaches English and Media Studies, and is a Rights Respecting Schools Ambassador at a Secondary School.

Children, young people and adults' knowledge, experiences and perspectives of children's rights in education.

The end of the last decade (2019) marks the 30th Anniversary of the United Nations Conventions on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC); a legally binding treaty that addresses the need to protect, promote and educate children of all ages and their fundamental rights (Save the Children, 2019).  Yet, what knowledge, understanding and perspectives of children's rights do teachers in England have and how far is this knowledge a priority in the agenda of education policy in the UK?

My research interest is in investigating how far children's rights education is a reality for children, young people and adults in education in the England.

Research aims:

 To understand the differences of views, perspectives and experiences children, young people and adults have about children's rights.

To understand the relevance of the UNCRC in the educational context through the experiences and perspectives of children, young people and adults.

To understand children, young people and adults' knowledge and experiences of children's rights (as outlined in the UNCRC articles) in the educational context and how they perceive the rights in relation to their lives at school and the wider context of their lives.


Education/Academic qualification

Master, An Investigation into the teaching and learning about children’s rights through the UNICEF Rights Respecting Schools Award: Where does the impact lie?

Award Date: 28 Nov 2018

External positions

Assistant Leader of English (KS4) and Leader of Media Studies


  • LB2361 Curriculum
  • Children’s Rights
  • Education Policy
  • LB1603 Secondary Education. High schools
  • Experiences of rights
  • Children’s rights pedagogy
  • Rights Respecting
  • Agency
  • Participation
  • Voice


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