What is an UNICEF Rights Respecting School?
In a Rights Respecting School, children’s rights are promoted and realised, adults and children work towards this goal together. A Rights Respecting School is a place where everyone can feel valued, confident with themselves, furthermore, encourages everyone to use their voice.
UNICEF Rights Respecting at Beever
At Beever, we are committed to placing the values and principles of the Convention on the Rights of the Child at the heart of our policies and practice. It is important to us that children recognise their rights but also acknowledge the rights of others. Understanding that link is at the heart of our school ethos.
As well as this approach shaping the needs of our own pupils and creating a Rights Respecting community, we aim to use this shared understanding to work for global justice and sustainable living.
Being a Rights Respecting School also shapes our behaviour management. Every class draws up a class charter based on agreed rights, for example Article 28, “we have the right to an education”, and then lists how adults and children will respect this right. We emphasise the ethos that rights, are linked with responsibility. Now that behaviour is understood in this way, there is less need for rules and sanctions.