Unicef Rights Respecting School
South Grove Primary School is a Rights Respecting School and this key principle underpins the whole school policy for promoting positive behaviour. As a Rights Respecting School, we have advocated for global equality and campaigned on local and global issues, ensuring our children see themselves as part of a global family. We fundraise and support people both locally and globally. Part of the work we do is linking both the Rights of the Child and the Sustainability Goals in our curriculum and in everything that we do.
The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) is the cornerstone of our whole school policy for promoting positive behaviour. The Convention is the most widely-ratified international human rights treaty in history. It has 54 articles that cover all aspects of a child’s life and set out the civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights that all children everywhere are entitled to.
These rights describe what a child needs to survive, grow, and live up to their potential individual liberty. They apply equally to every child, no matter who they are or where they come from.
Through teaching and learning, both in the classroom and in assemblies, children consider how some children are unable to access their rights, linking carefully to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. This provides many options for children to become critical thinkers and change makers.
Through this lens, we also teach them about the five British values: Events including voting for class representatives for ambassador roles for positions such as : school council, language buddies, Maketon buddies, anti-bullying ambassadors and Right Respecting schools ambassadors are just a few. Visits to the school from Parliament and organisations such as Project Zero provide children with discussion points in each of these areas:
- The rule of law
- Individual liberty
- Mutual respect
- Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
At South Grove, we believe all of this can make the world a much better place.