Tremorfa Nursery School has achieved the Bronze and Silver Rights Respecting Schools Award. We are now working to achieve our Gold Award with the support of staff, children, parents and the Tremorfa Community.
What is a Rights Respecting School and why are we doing it?
- It is an initiative run by UNICEF UK, which encourages schools to place the UN Convention on the Rights of the child (CRC) at the heart of its ethos and curriculum.
- The Rights Respecting Schools Awards puts children's rights at the heart of schools in the UK.
- UNICEF works with schools in the UK to create safe and inspiring places to learn, where children are respected, their talents are nurtured and they are able to thrive.
- Our Rights Respecting Schools Award embeds these values in daily school life and gives children the best chance to lead happy, healthy lives and to be responsible, active citizens.
- There are 4 key areas of impact for children at a Rights Respecting School; wellbeing, participation, relationships and self-esteem. The difference that a Right's Respecting School makes goes beyond the school gates, making a positive impact on the whole community.
Children’s rights are:
UNIVERSAL – Rights are for all children all over the world
INHERENT – All children are born with these rights
INALIENABLE – Rights cannot be taken away
UNCONDITIONAL – Rights do not have to be earnt
INDIVISABLE – All rights are equally important
A small number of children who show a particular interest in children's rights will join our steering group. This group will meet regularly to discuss issues regarding children's rights in relation to the school, the local community and also global issues. The current steering group have helped to select of number of rights which they think are important. We will be learning about these rights throughout the year and they are displayed within the nursery as our Class Charter. As adults we have an important role as duty bearers to support children in accessing and enjoying their rights. The children are rights holders and are entitled to enjoy these rights from birth!
Our current nursery class charter:
- Article 2- Rights are for everyone! (The convention applies to every child without discrimination, whatever their ethnicity, gender, religion, language, abilities or any other status, whatever they think or say, whatever their family background.)
- Article 28- I have a right to learn new things (Every child has the right to an education. Primary education must be free and different forms of secondary education must be available to every child. Discipline in schools must respect children's dignity and their rights. Richer countries must help poorer countries achieve this.)
- Article 14- I understand that we all believe different things (Every child has the right to think and believe what they choose and also to practise their religion, as long as they are not stopping other people from enjoying their rights. Governments must respect the rights and responsibilities of parents to guide their child as they grow up.)
- Article 19- I have the right to be safe at all times (Governments must do all they can to ensure that children are protected from all forms of violence, abuse, neglect and bad treatment by their parents or anyone else who looks after them.)
- Article 12- I have the right to share my thoughts and be listened to (Every child has the right to express their views, feelings and wishes in all matters affecting them, and to have their views considered and taken seriously. This right applies at all times, for example during immigration proceedings, housing decision or the child's day-to-day home life.)
- Article 31- I have the right to relax and play and join in with lots of activities (Every child has the right to relax, play and take part in a wide range of cultural and artistic activities.)
- Article 24- I have the right to be healthy (Every child has the right to the best possible health. Governments must provide good quality health care, clean water, nutritious food, and a clean environment and education on health and well-being so that children can stay healthy. Richer countries must help poorer countries achieve this.)
Click on the following links to access the Child Friendly UN Convention on the Rights of the Child Summary:
Child Friendly UN Convention on the Rights of the Child Summary
Click on the following links to access UNICEF Rights Respecting School Award
Click on the following links to access information on Children's Rights
Introducing the UNCRC - YouTube
Wales Position and Children Right - YouTube
Article12 - YouTube
Future Directions and Resources - YouTube