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Rights Respecting School: What does it mean?

On the 20th November 1989 the world made a set of promises for every child on earth.

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child is an international statement of all those promises.

UNICEF protects and promotes those rights.

Those rights try to make sure that every child is healthy, educated, treated fairly and listened to. They also make sure that all children are protected from violence, abuse and exploitation.

Rights Respecting School Award

Church Drive Primary School is a school where everyone recognises and acts upon their own rights and responsibilities with respect to the school, the local community and the wider world.

As a school, we have recently embarked upon a two year project to achieve the Rights Respecting School Status. We have begun to embed the rights respecting culture and it is our aim throughout this academic year to ensure that the whole school community knows about and how it works to support it.

What is a Rights Respecting School?

Children and adults work together to realise the rights of the child with respect to the school, the local community and the wider world. We believe that by understanding their own rights children learn to appreciate and uphold the rights of others. Children learn that with rights come responsibilities.

At Church Drive Primary School, the children will learn about their rights by becoming familiar with the United Nations Conventions on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). This is based on an analysis of what children need in order to thrive. These needs can be grouped into four categories:

  • to survive as a fit and healthy person.

  • to be protected from harm and abuse

  • to develop physically, mentally and socially

  • to participate as an active citizen.

Some of the most important rights identified in our school are:

  • I have a right to an education (article 28)

  • I have the right to relax and play (article 31)

  • I have the right to clean water and nutritious food (article 24)

  • I have the right to be the best I can be (article 29)

  • I have the right to give my opinion and for adults to listen to me (article 12)

  • I have the right to learn how to use my rights as I grow up (article 5)

UNICEF believes that the principles and values of the CRC should be embedded in the ethos and curriculum of every school. This is the purpose of the Rights Respecting School Award. This award provides a framework to help schools to use CRC as the basis for their ethos. In a Rights Respecting School, children learn about their rights and the responsibilities that are implied. Our children will learn to associate rights with needs and distinguish between their rights and ‘wants’.

Our pupils will take on leadership roles within the school and play a full and active part in the decision making processes that help to improve the education provided by the school.

If you would like to know more about the Rights Respecting School Award and the work of UNICEF click here.

                                                                        Mrs J Jones (Headteacher)