At Canford Heath Infant School, we are incredibly proud to hold the 'Gold' status for the Rights Respecting School Award. We have held this accolade for several years, and this demonstrates our commitment to teaching our children about the rights of a child.
The Gold Award is the highest award given by Unicef UK, which shows we have a deep and thorough commitment to children’s rights at all levels of school life. This commitment was evident from our most recent report, which stated:
"It was evident that children’s rights are embedded across the school and underpin every aspect of school life."
At Canford Heath Infant School, we ensure that children are confident in knowing their rights, which are written in the form of 42 articles (published by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child).
At the start of each school year, the children think about what will make their classroom a happy place to learn and draw up a charter based on children’s rights. The charters explain what rights the children have and as a joint class decision, we agree on the behaviour we will show in order for all children to access their rights. We also agree on what the adults in our school community should do in order to support these rights.
This was clearly stated in our most recent report:
‘’Canford Heath Infants is part of the TEACH alliance of four schools and there has been a longstanding strategic commitment by the Executive Head of the Trust and the Head of School at Canford Heath Infants for the CRC to drive the school’s ethos and daily practice. This has resulted in children from Reception through to Year 2 understanding what it means in an age appropriate way to be ‘rights respecting role models."
We also have a whole school interactive display where we can choose which right to talk about in class each week. We are sure your child will love to share with you what right they have learnt in school!
Throughout the year, the children have class assemblies linked to Rights Respecting Schools whereby they learn in depth about certain articles. They have the opportunity to express their views freely (Article 13) and to be given reliable information (Article 17).
We have also taken part in Rights Respecting activities throughout the year. Here are a few photos of what we have been doing in school: