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Rights Respecting Academy

What do we mean by a Rights Respecting Academy?

UNCRC stands for the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. It’s a list of rights that all children, everywhere in the world, have. The rights on the list are all the things that children and young people need to make sure that they are healthy, happy and safe.

There are 54 articles in 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 get all their rights.

Read more about the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child

Which rights are important to us?

Article 12 – Your right to say your ideas and be listened to.

Article 19 – Your right to be kept safe.

Article 28 – Your right to learn at school.

Article 29 – Your right to be the best you can be.

Article 31 - Your right to relax and play.

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How do our pupils respect these rights?

Putting their hands up and waiting for their turn to speak.

Listening to everyone politely.

Concentrating and working as hard as they can.

Knowing and understanding their next steps for learning.

Looking after the classroom and all the equipment in it.

Sharing playground equipment and taking turns.

Asking others to join in.

Being careful and looking out for each other.

Pupils outside playing touch rugby

How do adults at Holmbush respect these rights?

Creating opportunities for children to speak and listen to each other.

Listening to children’s ideas and taking them into account.

Preparing lessons that challenge every child at their level.

Providing children with a safe place to play, and supervising their playtimes.

Rights Respecting Schools Awards

The Unicef UK Rights Respecting Schools Award (RRSA) recognises achievement in putting the UN Convention on the Right of the Child (UNCRC) at the heart of a school’s practice to improve well-being and help all children realise their potential. The award is based on principles of equality, dignity, respect, non-discrimination and participation.

We are very proud to have achieved our Level 1 Unicef Rights Respecting School Award. As a Rights Respecting School, children’s rights are learned, taught, practiced, respected, protected and promoted. We seek to embed the UNCRC into our curriculum as widely as possible through by making links to the articles in our various learning journeys, discussion topics during Talk Project sessions and through our PSHE learning. We are committed to continuing to develop as a Rights Respecting School and are working towards achieving the Level 2 award over the next two years.