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We are a Unicef Rights Respecting School

St John’s C of E Primary is committed in being a Rights Respecting school. We have

achieved our BRONZE Rights Respecting School Award and are currently working hard

towards our SILVER award.

We are developing our understanding of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the

Child so that it is at the heart of our policies, practice and ethos. A Rights Respecting School

not only teaches about children’s rights but also models respect in all aspects of school life.

By learning about their rights, our pupils will also learn about their responsibilities and the

importance of respecting the rights of others. At St John’s children’s rights are taught,

practised, respected, protected and promoted by all children and adults in our school

community. We aim to develop pupils’ acceptance of difference and diversity and provide

them with a strong compass based on respect.

As we work to achieve our Silver Rights Respecting Award, our pupils will grow into

confident, caring and responsible young citizens both in school and the wider community.

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) is based on an analysis

of what children need in order to thrive. These needs can be grouped into four categories:

  • To survive as a fit and healthy person

  • To be protected from harm and abuse

  • To develop physically, mentally and socially

  • To participate as an active citizen

Some of the Articles of UNCRC:

Article 12: Every child has the right to say what they think in all matters affecting them,

and to have their views taken seriously.

Article 13: Every child must be free to say what they think and to seek and receive

information of any kind, as long as it is within the law.

Article 28: Every child has the right to an education. Primary education must be free. 

Secondary education must be available to every child. Discipline in schools must respect

children’s human dignity. Wealthy countries must help poorer countries achieve this.

Article 29: Education must develop every child’s personality, talents and abilities to the

full. It must encourage the child’s respect for human rights, as well as respect for their

parents, their own and other cultures, and the environment.

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