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:

Our exciting new topic this half term is Media Mayhem – learning about news literacy. Children will learn how their rights are integral to their understanding of news literacy and develop the skills and knowledge needed to make sense of the world around them now and in the future. Our aim is to empower children so that they can confidently navigate through our rapidly changing digital world.

Rights focus:

Article 13: Freedom of expression

Article 16: Right to privacy

Article 17: Access to information from the media

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