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Redlands Primary School

Rights Respecting School

Redlands Primary School is a Rights Respecting School. At Redlands we put the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) at the heart of our school’s ethos. Rights respecting values, an understanding of global citizenship and sustainability are embedded in our curriculum and are part of how we ensure children’s SMSC (spiritual, moral, social, cultural) development and their understanding of British Values (democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith)

Our rights respecting ethos means that our children have

  • Improved self-esteem and feelings of being valued and listened to.
  • Increased levels of respect for each other, leading to improved relationships with other children and with staff.
  • A sense of security as rights-respecting language and behaviour is used consistently throughout the school
  • An understanding and respect of religions, cultures, beliefs and abilities different to their own.
  • A greater understanding and respect for the world in which they live.

Our Redlands’ Rights are

  • Articles 2 and 42 Non-discrimination and knowledge of rights

The Convention applies to every child without discrimination, whatever their ethnicity, gender, religion, language, abilities or any other status, whatever they think or say, whatever their family background. Governments must actively work to make sure children and adults know about the Convention.

  • Article 12 Respect for the views of the child

You have the right to express your views, feelings and wishes in all matters affecting you, and to have your views considered and taken seriously.

  • Articles 28 and 29 Right to education and goals of education

You have a right to an education that encourages you to have respect for human rights, as well as respect for your parents, your own and other cultures, and the environment.

  • Article 28 and 29 Right to education and goals of education

You have a right to an education that helps you develop your talents and abilities.

  • Article 24 Health and health services

You have a right to the best possible health. Governments must provide good quality health care, clean water, nutritious food, and a clean environment and education on health and well-being so that you can stay healthy.

  • Article 31 Leisure, play and culture

You have the right to relax, play and take part in a wide range of cultural and artistic activities.

  • Articles 14 and 30 Freedom of thought, belief and religion and children from minority or indigenous groups

You have the right to think and believe what you choose and to practise your religion, as long as you are not stopping other people from enjoying their rights.  You have the right to learn and use the language, customs and religion of your family, whether or not these are shared by the majority of the people in the country where you live.

At the start of the year teacher’s and children discuss the CRC and our Redlands’ Rights. Children contribute to making a classroom display about the Redlands’ Rights and there is a whole school competition to illustrate them.

During the school year rights are referred to in lessons and in everyday situations. All staff use rights respecting language and model rights respecting values.

School Councillors are RRE ambassadors who are involved in organising campaigns to help others have their rights (Day for Change, Comic Relief) and to make a positive contribution to the school, local and global community.  Eco Worriers make sure that the school is being as eco-friendly as possible and organise campaigns to raise awareness in the school and local community.