In 1989, governments across the world adopted the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). This convention recognises that all children have the right to be treated with dignity and fairness, to be protected, to develop to their full potential and to participate.

Oakleigh House School is proud to be a UNICEF’s ‘Right’s Respecting School’ having achieved the Silver award last year. The Rights Respecting Schools Award is underpinned by the principles of the Convention on the Rights of the Child and aims to help children grow into confident, caring and responsible citizens both within school and the wider community.

Since receiving the award, the school has continued to develop its Rights Respecting approach through three strands;

Strand A: Teaching and Learning about rights

Strand B: Ethos and relationships

Strand C: Participation, empowerment and action

We now aim to achieve the Gold Award this academic year to celebrate the principles of the convention being embedded into the ethos of our school and daily school life.

Examples of how our pupils understand and use their rights;

  • A ‘Right of the Month’ focus.
  • Class charters.
  • Our Rights Respecting Council
  • Harvest Donations for local foodbanks
  • Learning our Rights song, ‘To be free’ which examines the four basic rights of the child.
  • Fund raising for charities such as Children in Need.
  • Donation to the Mr X appeal
  • Assemblies to support special calendar events such as Anti-Bullying week, World Mental Health Day, Dyslexia Awareness week, Firework safety, Armistice and International Children’s Day.
  • Participating in UNICEF’s OutRight programme – empowering young voices about Climate change.
  • Writing letters to residential care home residents during the Spring term lockdown period
  • Adopting a Turtle through the WWF.

https://www.unicef.org.uk/rights-respecting-schools/

Right of the Month

JanuaryArticle 29Your right to become the best that you can be
FebruaryArticle 2All children have rights
MarchArticle 7Your right to a name and nationality.
AprilArticle 24Your right to good food and water and to see a doctor if you are ill.
MayArticle 27Your right to a good standard of living
JuneArticle 6You have the right to life and to grow up to be healthy
JulyArticle 31Your right to relax and play.
SeptemberArticle 28Your right to learn and go to school.
OctoberArticle 12Your right to say what you think should happen and be listened to.
NovemberArticle 19You should not be harmed and should be looked after and kept safe.
DecemberArticle 14Your right to follow your own religion
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