Rights Respecting School

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We are beginning our Rights Respecting journey!

Queensferry Primary School aims to be a school where children’s rights are at the heart of our ethos and culture, to improve wellbeing 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 are beginning our journey to become more rights aware using the UNCRC, and are beginning to think what that means for us, as children, young people and adults.

What is the UNCRC?

The UNCRC is also called the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. In 1989, Governments across the world agreed that all children have the same rights by adopting the UNCRC. It sets out lots of rights children and young people have to grow up safe and healthy. It also makes sure they have their views taken into consideration in decisions that affect them. The rights of the child are:

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Questions for Discussion at Home

  • Do children in different countries have the same rights as you?
  • What is the difference between a right, want and a need?
  • Which articles do you know?
  • Should all schools be rights respecting schools?
  • How do you respect your rights and the rights of others at school and at home?
  • What could we do to help children whose rights are not respected?
  • Should all children know about their rights? Why?

Pathway to Gold – This illustrates the steps we need to take to become a Unicef UK Rights Respecting School.

Pupils will learn about their rights by putting them into practice every day. A Rights Respecting school models rights and respects in all its relationships. For further information, please visit  www.unicef.org.uk/rrsa or check out these videos by Unicef UK.