Rights Respecting School
We are a Rights Respecting School
Why be a Rights Respecting School?
The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) is based on an analysis of what children need in order to thrive. These needs can be grouped into four categories:
- to survive as a fit and healthy person
- to be protected from harm and abuse
- to develop physically, mentally and socially
- to participate as an active citizen
What is a Right?
A Right is something that children and young people are entitled to, they do not have to be earned, and they belong to all children and young people from the time they are born.
At Fairisle Infant and Nursery School, we want our children to know their rights and foster an ethos of tolerance and acceptance of everyone, respecting, not just their own rights, but the rights of others around them.
We achieved Level 1 of the Rights Respecting Award in July 2013 and achieved Level 2 in June 2015. We were assessed again in 2018 and are proud to have achieved the Gold status.
Please click here for summary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.
What things are we doing as a Rights Respecting School?
Over the last few weeks each class has been busy creating their own unique Class Charters. They incorporate the rights chosen by School Council and the individual classes have decided how they will help to respect these rights as part of the behaviour policy. Each child has ‘signed’ the Charter by writing their name or producing a drawing of themselves. These Charters form the basis of teaching and learning about rights and through rights during the year. We are in the process of updating our Whole School Charter which is displayed in the Hall, where is it used regularly during assemblies. Here are some of the lovely examples of Class Charters from the new academic year.
We have been working with our local library to try and promote children’s rights outside of our school. We recently installed a display inspired by our ‘Safer Internet Day’ work in our local library to teach other children in the area about staying safe online. We are planning on adding to this display in November when we complete some work during ‘Anti– bullying Week.’
In our quest to be good ‘global’ rights respecting citizens School Council organised a ‘Shoe Share’. Over two hundred pairs of shoes were collected in school and taken by Clarks to provide funds for children in less fortunate countries and help to protect their rights. The children made posters to promote this project which help to make it such a huge success.
In the Summer term we recently supported the national UNICEF fundraising event, UNICEF Playground challenge. The School Council designed an obstacle course that the children completed in exchange for sponsors from their family and friends. We are very proud to announce that we raised over £800 and received a special letter of thanks from the UNICEF Fundraising Team. This money was doubled by the government and then used to respect the rights of children all over the world by helping to pay for clean water, vaccines and safe places for children to play. Hopefully we can repeat this success this Summer. Click the link below to find out more about UNICEF Playground challenge.
Each class now has a ‘Rights Respecting at Home’ board in their room where parents can share news about how their children are respecting rights at home. Nomination forms are available from Class Teachers and are displayed for everyone to see.
Click here to read our Parent Information Booklet about being a Rights Respecting School.