Rights Respecting

2018-2019 Pupil Voice Team --- our opinions matter so listen up. We are the voice for every child in our school. We listen to one another's ideas and opinions and bring them to our monthly meeetings. Well done to everyone who was voted on by their peers for this academic year.

2017-2018 Articles

Unicef – Rights Respecting & British Values’ Links
(see coverage planner for British Values to link RsR)
September 2017 – July 2018
Below are focus points for coverage for Thursday’s Collective Worship + Class Weekly PSHE Circle Time Sessions.
Each article will also run through our class curriculum each half term. Create opportunities in your daily teaching for this to be effectively delivered to the children. (eg in RE, Geog, Hist etc)
*The articles have been carefully chosen to dovetail into our Christian Values and Chris Quigley’s Key Skills from the Successometer.

Autumn A: Articles 6, 12 and 15
6 = ‘Every child has the right to life. Governors must do all they can to make sure that children survive and develop to their full potential.’
12 = ‘Every child has the right to have a say in all matters affecting them, and to have their views taken seriously.’
15 = ‘Every child has the right to meet with other children and to join groups and organisations as long as this does not stop other people from enjoying their rights.’
Autumn B: Articles 24, 27 and 28
24 = ‘Every child has the right to the best possible health. Governments must work to provide good quality health care, clean water, nutritious food and a clean environment so that children can stay healthy. Richer countries must help poorer countries achieve this.’
27 = ‘Every child has the right to a standard of living that is good enough to meet their physical, social and mental needs. Governors must help families who cannot afford to provide this.’
28 = ‘Every child has the right to an education. Primary education must be free. Secondary education must be available for every child. Discipline in schools must respect children’s dignity. Richer countries must help poorer countries achieve this.’
Spring A: Articles 29, 31 and 32
29 = Education must develop every child’s personality, talents and abilities to the full. It must encourage the child’s respect for human rights, as well as respect for their parents, their own and other cultures and the environment.’
31 = ‘Every child has the right to relax, play and take part in a wide range of cultural and artistic activities.’
32 = ‘Governments must protect children from work that is dangerous or might harm their health or education.’
Spring B: Articles 7, 9 and 10
7 = ‘Every child has the right to a legal name and nationality, as well as the right to know and, as far as possible, to be cared for by their parents.’
9 = ‘Children must not be separated from their parents unless it is in their best interests (for example, if a parent is hurting a child). Children whose parents have separated have the right to stay in contact with both parents, unless this might hurt the child.’
10 = ‘Governments must act quickly and sympathetically if a child or their parents want to live together in the same country. If a child’s parents live apart in different countries, the child has the right to visit both of them.’
Summer A: Articles 23, 26 and 38
23 = ‘A child with a disability has the right to live a full and decent life with dignity and independence, and to play an active part in the community. Governments must do all they can to provide support to disabled children.’
26 = ‘Governments must provide extra money for the children of families in need.’
38 = ‘Governments must do everything they can to protect and care for children affected by war. Governments must not allow children under the age of 15 to take part in war or join the armed forces.’
Summer B: Article 13, 14 and 19
13 = ‘Every child must be free to say what they think and to seek and receive all kinds of information, as long as it is within the law.’
14 = ‘Every child has the right to think and believe what they want and to practise their religion, as long as they are not stopping other people from enjoying their rights. Governments must respect the rights of parents to give their children information about this right.’
19 = ‘Governments must do all they can to ensure that children are protected from all forms of violence, abuse, neglect and bad treatment by their parents or anyone else who looks after them.’

This year we will cover 18 of the 42 articles for children. (Articles 43 – 54 are about how adults and governments work together to make sure that all children get all their rights.) See the RR planner for details of each article.

Rights Respecting School

What does it mean?
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On the 20th November 1989 the world made a set of promises for every child on earth. The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child is an international statement of all of the promises. UNICEF promotes and protects those rights.
Those rights try to make sure that every child is healthy, educated, treated fairly and listened to.
Our School as a Rights Respecting School 
St. Nicholas Primary School is working towards becoming a rights respecting school. All pupils and staff know their rights and we work together to make sure that every child is listened to and treated fairly.
This means we all have a responsibility to play and work hard and to work as a team to support each other.
What are the rights? 
Some of the most important rights in our school that we are looking at this year are:
* I have the right to an education (article 28).
* I have the right to relax and play (article 31).
* I have the right to say what I think should happen when adults are making decisions that affect me (article 12).
* I have the right to clean water (article 24).
* I have the right to nutritious food (article 24).
* I have the right to privacy (article 16).

Ideas to promote Rights Respecting at St Nicholas Primary School 

  • Pupil Voice Council

The pupil voice is made up of two children from each year group in Years 1 -6, teachers and parents. They meet every fortnight to discuss school events and ways to improve the school.

  • Curriculum

Teachers refer to Rights and Responsibilities throughout lessons.

  • Rights Respecting Poster/Poetry Competition

Poster and poetry competitions for all pupils are held in our regularly. The winning entries are displayed throughout the school.


Click here for the Pupil Voice Council Minutes held on 24th January 2019
Click here for the Pupil Voice Council Minutes held on 25th October 2018
Click here for the Pupil Voice Council Minutes held on 27th September 2018