Rights Respecting Schools


UNICEF Rights Respecting Schools Programme

At Cwmffrwdoer Primary School we show our values through our ethos, curriculum, spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and we’re now taking the next step by working towards becoming a UNICEF Rights Respecting School.  We reinforce and promote values of democracy, the rule of law, mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs as demonstrated below.

Democracy

Article 2: every child has the right to be treated equally and with respect

Article 12: every child has the right to be heard

At the start of each new school year classes decide upon their class charter and we will link the rights associated with these. The role of the adults, or ‘duty bearers’, is also made clear on the charter.

Children have many opportunities for their voices to be heard. We have a School Council which have representatives from Y2-Y6 and meets regularly to discuss issues raised by pupils. In addition, we have a very strong Eco-Committee, Criw Cymraeg and an Equalities Group.

 

The Rule of Law

Article 2: every child has the right to be treated equally and with respect

Article 19: every child has the right to be protected from harm

Article 29: every child has the right to an education

The importance of laws is constantly reinforced, pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws and the consequences if they are broken.  The home/school agreement sets out the contract between our school, the child and their parent/carer. The class charter sets our clear behavioural expectations and associated rights in each class. Circle time and RE lessons are used to discuss difficult situations. Internet safety is regularly discussed with children in both lessons and assemblies, all members of the school community sign our Acceptable Use Policy and pledge to use the internet safely. The school has very good links with local police and PC Murphy visits us every year  to help to reinforce the Rule of Law and how to keep safe.

 

Mutual Respect

Article 2: every child has the right to be treated equally and with respect

Article 29: every child has the right to an education

Mutual respect is at the heart of our ethos and children learn that their behaviour has an effect on their own rights and those of others. Children are encouraged to work in collaboration as much as possible both in their class and with other year groups. All members of the school community treat each other with respect.

 

Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs

Article 2: every child has the right to be treated equally and with respect

Article 14: every child has the right to practice their own religion

Article 30: every child has the right to practice their own culture

Within our school we promote tolerance of our communities, languages, faiths and beliefs by:

Our RE and PSHE curriculum and the Rights Respecting School initiative to reinforce our commitment towards a tolerant society

The Rights Respecting School Award is a UNICEF UK programme that aims to put children’s rights at the heart of schools in the UK.