Canford Heath Infant School is extremely proud to be a Level 2 Rights Respecting School. We achieved our Level 2 award in July 2012 and were re-accreddited with it in November 2015. This means that the rights of the child underpin the whole ethos of our school. The children learn about the rights of children around the world and are shown how important it is that we make sure all children have access to these rights, including in our own school.
The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) has 54 articles that cover all aspects of a child’s life and set out the civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights that all children everywhere are entitled to. It also explains how adults and governments must work together to make sure all children can enjoy their rights.
Canford Heath Infant School is commmitted to ensuring all children have these rights and this is reflected in the Level 2 Assessment Report which stated that,
‘It was evident that being a rights respecting school is central to the school’s identity and the rights respecting journey has contributed to the positive outcomes for children in this caring and inclusive school.‘
Unicef believe that through being a Right Respecting school, it has a positive impact on many areas including;
- Improved self-esteem and well-being.
- Improved relationships and behaviour (reductions in bullying and exclusions and improved attendance).
- Improved engagement in learning.
- Positive attitudes towards diversity in society and the reduction of prejudice.
- Children and young people’s enhanced moral understanding.
- Children and young people’s support for global justice.
- Children and young people become more involved in decision-making in schools.
We recently held a ‘Stand Up And Be Counted’ Rights Respecting week which was a huge success. It was a fantastic week where children and adults worked together to learn about different articles, learn about unsung heroes of Children’s Rights and created brilliant new banners which are proudly displayed in the school hall.
Other activities that we do as a Rights Respecting School include;
- School Council meetings
- Rights Respecting steering group
- Rights Respecting class assemblies
- Fairtrade coffee mornings
- Celebration assemblies which focus on our School Values and 5 Rs.
- Local community links with the local church, library and across the TEACH Trust schools.
- Eco group
- Friendship monitors and ‘Yellow Hats’ from Canford Heath Junior School who help encourage play and social skills during lunchtime.
- Rights Respecting activities throughout the year which focus on different articles.
Here are some pictures from our ‘Stand Up And Be Counted’ week and the fantastic new banners that the children created.