Rights Respecting School
We are a UNICEF Rights Respecting School!
Whitefield Community Primary School aims to be a school where children’s rights are at the heart of our ethos and culture, to improve well-being and to develop every child’s talents and abilities to their full potential. As part of this plan we are working towards recognition as a ‘Rights Respecting School’, an award given to schools on behalf of Unicef UK. We currently hold the bronze award and are working towards our silver award.
Unicef is the world’s leading organisation working for children and young people and their rights. In 1989, governments across the world agreed that all children have the same rights by adopting the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). These rights are based on what a child needs to survive, grow, participate and fulfil their potential.
Whitefield Community Primary School pupils will learn about their rights by putting them into practice every day. A Rights Respecting School models rights and respect in all its relationships. You can find out a bit more about the Convention on the Rights of the Child by visiting unicef.org.uk/crc. [or you can include one of our CRC summary leaflets from unicef.org.uk/resources and mention this here]
What have we done so far?
- Miss Steele and Mrs Dearing attended training and have created an Action Plan
- We collected data from pupils and staff to see what their current knowledge of the Rights of a Child are
- We have introduced UNICEF through a whole school assembly
- We have a UNICEF Articles display in our corridor to get us all thinking about some of our rights!
- Mrs Dearing and Miss Steele have introduced the Rights Respecting School to teaching staff and they have looked at how we can embed the Articles into our curriculum, linking with our Active Citizen focus
- Posters have been put up around school, on Parent Noticeboards and in the school environment to promote it
- Teachers are planning how they will include the Article they have chosen from the UNCRC with their Active Citizen focus in Spring term