Rights Respecting Schools

Rights Respecting School Award

Stanton Road 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 Award. We have begun to embed the rights respecting culture and it is our aim throughout the next academic year (2016/17) to ensure that the whole school community knows about it and how it works. This will enable the whole school community to support us through this award.

 

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.

 

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 Stanton Road 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 by our steering group are:

  •          The best interests of the child must be the top priority in all things that affect children (Article 3)
  •          Every child has the right to an education. (Article 28)
  •          Education must develop every child's personality, talent and abilities to the full. (Article  29)
  •          Every child has the right to relax, play and take part in a wide range of cultural and artistic activities.    (Article 31)
  •          Every child has the right to think and believe what they want and to practise their religion.(Article 14)
  •          Every child has the right to have a say in all matters affecting them, and to have their views taken seriously.(Article 12)

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 on the link:  http://www.unicef.org.uk/rights-respecting-schools/

 

If you would like to read a summary of the convention click the link: http://www.unicef.org.uk/Documents/Publication-pdfs/UNCRC_summary.pdf

 

If you would like to read a full version of the convention click the link: http://www.unicef.org.uk/Documents/Publication-pdfs/UNCRC_PRESS200910web.pdf

 

If you would like to read the children's summary click the link: http://www.unicef.org.uk/Documents/Publications/Child_friendly_CRC_summary_final.pdf

 

If you would like to watch cartoons for the children rights click the link: http://www.unicef.org/videoaudio/video_top_cartoons.html

 

If you would like to see the 41 articles through illustration click the link: http://www.miriamsugranyes.com/#/childrenrights/

 

If you want to learn the song click in the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LN_70HXxd5Y    

 

Miss N Parker (KS1 Lead, R.E and S.M.S.C Lead)