Our Rights Respecting School
What is a Rights Respecting School?
A UNICEF Rights Respecting School is a community where children’s rights are heard, taught, practised, respected, protected and promoted. We have assemblies dedicated to children's Rights and the 'Right of the Month' is shared and developed across the school. Children and the school community learn about children’s rights by putting them into practice every day.
Being a Rights Respecting School is not just about what children do but also importantly, what adults do. In a Rights Respecting School, children’s rights are promoted and realised and adults and children work towards this together.
United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) - What is it?
It is a list of children’s rights that all children and young people, everywhere in the world, have, no matter who they are, where they live or what they believe in.
The UNCRC has 54 articles, 42 rights are for children and young people up to 18 years of age. The others are all about how governments and adults should work together to make sure children and young people can access their rights.
Children’s rights are all the things that children and young people need to make sure that they are safe, have the things they need to survive and develop, and have a say in decisions that affect their lives.
Our Whole School Charter
Our whole school has worked together to create a Whole School Charter, we call these our School Rights Respecting Values. This is our joint agreement about our expectations of how every member of our school community must be rights respecting.
Our values are based on the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child. We are Rights Respecting.
Our Playground Charter
Children and adults have worked together to create our Playground Charter, agreements on how we will all respect the right of everyone to play, rest and join in.
Please see our Playground Charter below:
The aim of our school is to help children achieve their potential and be responsible citizens. Being a Rights Respecting School helps children learn respect for themselves, others, critical thinking skills and informed democratic decision making. Children are taught to regard people of all faiths, races and cultures with respect and understanding.
Our rights respecting ethos embeds the values of democracy, the rule of law, individual and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. We enable our children to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence. We teach children to distinguish right from wrong and to create and respect Playground and Whole School Charters. We encourage children to accept responsibility for their behaviour, show initiative and to understand how they can contribute positively to the lives of those living in our community and around the world.