Rights Respecting School

UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

What is a Rights Respecting School?

The Rights Respecting Schools Award supports schools to embed the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC or CRC) in their practice to improve well-being and help all children to realise their potential. The award is based on the principles of equality, dignity, respect, non-discrimination and participation.
At Star, we learn about our rights and embed these values in daily school life giving children the best chance to lead happy, healthy lives and to be responsible, active citizens. Children’s rights are promoted and realised with everyone in the school community working together towards this goal. We believe that it is important to respect and value our own rights and, equally the rights of those around us.

 

What are the ABCDE of rights?

  • A: Rights are for all children (universal)
  • B: Rights are there at birth (inherent)
  • C: Rights cannot be taken away (inalienable)
  • D: Rights do not have to be earnt (unconditional)
  • E: All rights are equally important? (indivisible)

What does it involve?

  • The whole community learns about rights and sees them as underpinning our Star values and relates these to our holistic curriculum.
  • Mutual respect for rights informs all practice and relationships in school.

 

Rights focus:

This term we are focusing on:

Article 2

  • Non-discrimination. You have the right to protection against any form of discrimination whatever your ethnicity, gender, religion, language, abilities or other status, whatever you think or say, whatever your family background.

Article 24:

  • Health and health services. You have the right to the best health care possible, safe water to drink, nutritious food, a clean and safe environment, and information to help you stay well.

This article underpins our return to school and our commitment to ensuring that we are all safe and healthy through social distancing, hand washing and maintaining good hygiene. Our recovery curriculum aims to deliver essential curriculum content and promotes children’s mental and emotional well being.

 

Useful UNICEF Links:

  • How Unicef helps children around the world
  • How children’s rights are protected in the UNCRC
  • Evidence of the impact of the RRSA framework on schools
  • What Unicef does to support children in the UK
  • A summary of the UNCRC