Rights Respecting School

We have the right to know our rights.

At Oakdene Primary School we are working hard to introduce the Rights Respecting Schools initiative. This focuses on promoting the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. We are delighted to have received the ROC award (Recognition of Commitment) and we are now looking to achieve the Level 1 by Spring 2017.

The universal rights of children are enshrined in the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of the Child.

‘A Rights Respecting School teaches children and young people that they have rights under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. From this starting point, the children also learn their responsibility to respect others’ rights in all relationships in the community. The ethos created demonstrates to children the inclusiveness of a rights respecting school and paves the way to participation in the life of the community. This in turn helps them to learn how to formulate, express and listen to opinions, helping to raise achievement.’ (UNICEF)

There are 54 articles laid down under the Convention that have to be provided by adults. They are unconditional. However, the Convention also refers to the responsibilities of children. Responsibilities accompany rights, and our school rules are based upon them.

Please click the link to find out more about UNICEF Rights Respecting Schools