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The Rights Respecting Schools Ethos

At Mudeford Community Infants School we are committed to placing the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) at the heart of our core values and ethos. We believe that children’s participation in all aspects of school life should be an integral part of how we progress and develop as a school. Enabling children to have voice gives them a true ownership and responsibility for their own and others’ rights.

Through engagement in range of projects, activities, campaigns and charity events, the children develop a sense of community as well as learning how to be active and responsible global citizens.

We have achieved the United Nations ‘Recognition of Commitment’. The Rights Respecting Schools Award (RRSA), run by UNICEF, recognises “achievement in putting the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) at the heart of a school’s planning, policies, practice and ethos. A rights-respecting school not only teaches about children’s rights but also models rights and respect in all its relationships: between pupils and adults, between adults and between pupils.” (UNICEF)

The children at Mudeford Community Infants School understand that they have the following main rights:

  • The right to learn
  • The right to be safe and healthy
  • The right to be treated fairly
  • The right to be heard

Each class have a class agreements display based on the four main rights. Each year the children are involved in discussions about how we should behave in order that everyone can enjoy these rights. These agreements are signed by the children and staff and are referred to regularly to reinforce the language of rights and respect. We also have a playground charter (written by our school council) and one for our governors too.

To deepen the children’s understanding of their rights, the school regularly runs ‘Rainbow Days’. A focus article is chosen and the children have the opportunity to be involved in a range of cross-curricular activities across the school.

The links below give more information about the Rights Respecting School Award.

https://www.unicef.org.uk/rights-respecting-schools/about-the-award/

https://www.unicef.org/rightsite/files/uncrcchilldfriendlylanguage.pdf

A summary of the United Nations Conventiion on the Rights of the Child https://www.unicef.org/crc/files/Rights_overview.pdf