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Rights Respecting School

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As part of our school’s aims to promote a happy and successful school, we have been looking at the possibility of working towards recognition as a “Rights Respecting School”.


This is an award which recognises schools that put children’s rights at the heart of the school’s planning, policies, practice and ethos.


A Rights Respecting School not only teaches children their rights, but also makes clear links for children between their rights and their responsibilities. It also raises children’s global awareness of the rights of children around the world. 


To explore this idea further, Miss Worthington called a meeting with the School Council from Years 2-5 to see if this was something they felt we could pursue as a school from September 2016. I am pleased to say they were very positive and excited about the possibilities this could bring. In fact, they were all very knowledgeable about what they felt were rights all children should have and were keen to meet again soon to draw up a plan of action.


Together with our work on Christian values, I feel sure becoming a Rights Respecting School will help us to form a strong moral code within the school. It will encourage our children to develop a very clear understanding of their rights but also of the kinds of actions they need to be taking within the school and the local and global community, if they want to fully enjoy their rights and ensure that others enjoy them too. This work will allow our children to have a much stronger voice within the school and in turn, this will help us to drive the school forwards.


Rights Respecting Schools is an initiative based around the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child.

Becoming a Rights Respecting School will link together with many aspects we already have in place at St. Matthias.

Article 6 – All children have the right to life

Being healthy and keeping safe is part of the everyday care and learning practices that take place at St. Matthias CE Primary school.

Article 12 – Every child has the right to express their views and feelings and wishes in all matters affecting them and to have their views considered and taken seriously.

School Council, Pupil Questionnaires

Article 15 – Every child has the right to meet with other children and to join groups and organisations.

School Clubs / Whiz Kids / School Council / Year 6 PGL trip

Article 19 – Right to be protected from all forms of violence, abuse, neglect, and bad treatment from parents or anyone else who looks after them.

Anti-Bullying / Positive Behaviour Policy 

Article 24 – Every child has the right to the best possible health.

Healthy Eating Week / Curriculum focus on healthy lifestyles / high quality sports coaching and PE lessons / School Nurse

Black Pepper School Lunches / Toast available for all children each morning

Free fruit for school scheme / Cool Milk

Article 28 – Discipline in schools must respect children’s dignity and their rights

Our School Choices / Classroom Rules / Our School Values / Positive Behaviour Policy

Article 28/29 – Every child has the right to an education.

Education must develop every child’s personality, talents and abilities to the full.

Whole School Curriculum

School trips and visitors

Engaging, high interest lessons

Article 31 – Every child has the right to relax, play and take part in a wide range of cultural and artistic activities.

Playtimes / School Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural events 


Class Charters


All of the classes have worked hard to produce a Class Charter based on the articles from the

United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

The staff and pupils have pledged to take action to make sure their classrooms and school are Rights Respecting.

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We have used the Charter to help us think about Anti - Bullying Week


Our classes have been talking about putting a stop to bullying by becoming 


Friends Against Bullying


They discussed how to make sure every child feels safe in school and can access their rights.

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Our Value for this half term is Koinonia (community): an association of people who share common beliefs.