Rights Respecting Schools

Rights Respecting School

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 of those promises.

UNICEF protects and promotes those rights and the Rights Respecting Schools Award seeks to put the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child at the heart of a school’s ethos and culture 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.

The Award recognises achievement in incorporating the Convention into a school’s planning, policies and practice. A Rights Respecting School teaches child rights and models rights and respect in all its relationships – between teacher / adults and pupils, between adults and between pupils.

Here at Milton Keynes Primary PRU we are at the start of our journey to become a Rights Respecting School, although we have already built in to our Creative Curriculum the ethos and values of Rights Respecting Schools which we have been delivering since September 2018.

How can parents support their child to learn about the Convention at home?

  • Take the time to ask your child what he / she has learnt recently regarding children’s rights and how they may show respect for those rights.

  • Discuss the ideas learned in class, and try to think of examples from your own experiences, or from the media, of rights being respected or denied.

  • Discuss how your child or your family can promote respect for rights, or help those whose rights have been violated.

  • Model using rights and respect language with your children.

  • Ask your child’s opinion on children’s rights.

Rights Respecting Schools Committee

We have established a Rights Respecting Schools Committee in our school as part of our Leadership challenge.

You can read more about this on our website under the Leadership Challenge.

We are planning to achieve our Bronze Award this academic year and then work towards achieving our Silver Award.

UNRC stands for the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. It highlights the rights that all children, everywhere in the world, have. The rights on the link below are all the things that children and young people need to make sure they are happy, healthy and safe. There are 54 articles on the list and 42 of these are Rights for Children. The others are about how adults and governments should work together to make sure all children have access to their rights.