UNICEF and Rights Respecting
Colindale Primary School is committed to the UN Convention on the rights of the child, continually working to promote and protect the rights of ALL children.
Children are aware that these rights are;
Are ours from birth
Cannot be taken away
Cannot be split apart, come as one
Apply to all
Have no conditions attached to them
What are Child Rights?
The United Nations Convention of the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) is a legally binding agreement followed by most countries. It describes what children need to survive, grow up well and help them to develop their full potential.
All children everywhere in the world are entitled to the 45 articles contained in the convention.
The Convention also explains how adults and governments (known as ‘duty bearers’) must work together to make sure all children enjoy their rights.
What is a Rights Respecting School? (RRS)
A Rights Respecting School is one that provides opportunities to embed the United Nations Convention of the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) in daily school life.
The rights of the child must be:
At Colindale we do the above in a variety of ways; as part of PHSE lessons, during assemblies and as part of fundraising initiatives. We try to ensure that the rights respecting agenda is promoted across the wider curriculum and through assemblies.
Each class has a Rights Respecting charter showing rights-led statements agreed and followed by all children and adults working in that classroom. Here are some examples:
Modelling rights and respect is an important part of the Colindale Behaviour Policy. Children can see rights in action as they interact with each other and with adults.
Our Journey So Far
Everyone at our school played a part in enabling Colindale Primary to achieve the bronze and silver awards, which we received in 2017 and 2019 respectively.
We are now continuing this journey to help our school secure the gold level award.
The assessor provided us with some points to work on, to help us achieve the gold award. These points are now part of our action plan and will be the focus of our Rights Respecting work this year.
Three separate strands form the action plan:
Teaching and Learning about rights.
Teaching and Learning through rights – ethos and relationships.
Teaching and Learning for rights – participation, empowerment and action.
‘Rights Champions’ are the children elected by each class, to represent and voice the views of their classmates.
Elections were held last term and we now have a fantastic team of enthusiastic pupils to help us on the journey to gold.
Aminah – 1A
Murtaza – 1M
Cristian – IR
Ayyan – 2N
Omer – 2T
Lily – 2C
Impact of Rights Respecting Education
By embedding the rights respecting agenda into school life, we are giving children the chance to become aware of what they need to lead happy, healthy lives and to become responsible and active citizens who we hope will change society for the better.
A huge part of this is to enable pupil voice and let children know that they can influence decision making processes across the school. Children can express their views and opinions in several ways: via the School Council, The Eco Committee, Playground Pals or Sports Superstars. Their ideas are listened to and acted upon.
We have seen a positive impact for the whole school community and know that this will improve further as the journey continues.