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.

UNCRC Articles for this term:

This term’s whole school topic is Express Yourself.

Freedom of expression is a fundamental human right. It reinforces all other human rights. This term, pupils will explore their own creativity, develop their imagination and have opportunities to perform. We will also be exploring art and faith as a means of expression and explore the importance of tolerance and understanding.

Rights focus:

Article 13 (Freedom of Expression) Every child must be free to express their thoughts and opinions and to access all kinds of information, as long as it is within the law.

 

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