Rights Respecting School Award – UNICEF

Rights Respecting School Award

UNICEF – Rights Respecting School Award (Level 1)

Promoting Rights Respecting Relationships and Behaviour at Hunslet Moor Primary School

As a Rights Respecting School, we recognise in particular Article 28 ‘The right of every child to a good quality education’, Article 19 ‘All children have the right to be protected from being hurt or mistreated in body or mind’ and Article 29 ‘Your education should help you to learn to live peacefully and respect other people’ from the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child.

Our collective achievement of achieving the UNICEF ‘Level 1 Rights Respecting School Award’ highlights the central role Rights Respecting behaviour plays in the development of positive relationships at Hunslet Moor Primary School.

Take a look at the school’s UNICEF Rights Respecting Award!

UNICEF UK explain the aims of the Rights Respecting Award as; promoting children’s rights and to put them at the heart of schools’ practice and ethos. The Rights Respecting Schools Award programme 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 UN Convention on the Rights of the Child sets out the human rights of every person under the age of 18. The Convention is an international human rights treaty which was adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1989 and ratified by the UK in 1991.

The Convention is a very important document because it recognises that all children have the right to be treated with dignity and fairness, to be protected, to develop to their full potential and to participate. It also lays out what countries must do to ensure that all children can enjoy their rights, regardless of who they are, or where they are from.

The Rights Respecting Schools Award focuses on children’s rights in schools and takes a whole-school approach to child rights and human rights education. Child Rights Education (CRE) can be defined as learning about rights, learning through rights and learning for rights within an overall context of education as a right. It aims to build the capacity of children as rights-holders to claim their rights, and the capacity of adults as duty-bearers to fulfil their obligations. Child rights education helps adults and children to work together, providing the space and encouragement for the meaningful participation and sustained civic engagement of children.

Our Responsibilities as a learning community at Hunslet Moor Primary School

For our rights to be maintained we all have a duty to take on responsibilities.

Children’s responsibilities

  • To work to the best of their abilities, and allow others to do the same
  • To treat everyone with respect
  • To follow the instructions of all the school staff the first time they are given
  • To take care of property and the environment in and around school
  • To co-operate with other children and adults.

Staff responsibilities

  • To clearly define and model our expectations of good behaviour and positive relationships
  • To treat all children fairly and with respect and dignity
  • To raise children’s self-esteem and develop their ambition
  • To provide a challenging, interesting and relevant curriculum
  • To create a safe, pleasant and stimulating environment, physically and emotionally
  • To use rewards, rules and sanctions clearly and consistently
  • To develop a class charter with children so that children are very clear about how they are expected to behave
  • To form positive and mutually respectful relationships with parents and families, so that all children can see that the key adults in their lives share a common aim
  • To deal with any incidents promptly and appropriately
  • To recognise that each child is an individual and to be aware of his/her needs
  • To commit to developing every child’s spiritual, moral, cultural and physical education

Parents’ and families’ responsibilities

  • To follow the Home/School agreement as appropriate
  • To make children aware of and model appropriate behaviour in all situations
  • To encourage independence and self-discipline
  • To show an interest in all that their child does in school
  • To foster positive and mutually respectful relationships with the school
  • To be aware of the school rules and expectations and to support the school in the implementation of this policy
  • To alert the school appropriately as soon as there are any concerns.