Children's rights are central to all aspects of UNICEF's work and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child(UNCRC) is embedded into our curriculum. Our Rights Respect Responsibilities section links to UNICEF’s work on children’s rights and responsibilities. To visit the UNICEF website click here.

Our home-school agreement is based around these rights and responsibilities and key members of the school community are asked to sign to say they agree to follow these. This is why, when you first start school, your family are given this for you both to sign. The Headteacher and Chair of Governors also sign the agreement as a sign of our commitment to work together. This is very important because at school we work together so that not only are your rights ensured, but your responsibilities are clear. With rights, come responsibilities and you cannot have one without the other. Please click here to view our home-school agreement.

Fryern Infant and Junior Schools have achieved Level 1 of the Rights Respecting Schools (RRS) Award and are currently working towards Level 2

A Rights Respecting School not only teaches about childrens' and human rights but also models rights and respect in all its relationships: teacher/adults-pupils; pupils-teacher/adults; pupils-pupils.

For a school to receive the RRS Award, they must show evidence that they have reached the required Standard in each of four aspects, all of which contain elements contributing to the development of an active global citizen:

  • Leadership and management for embedding the values of the UNCRC in the life of the school
  • Knowledge and understanding of the UNCRC
  • Rights respecting classrooms
  • Pupils actively participate in decision-making throughout the school

UNICEF aims to promote children’s rights in schools in two ways: by supporting schools to ensure that rights are embedded in their ethos and policy-making; and by offering resources and activities to ensure that children and young people can learn about children’s rights in the classroom and beyond.

Resources

UNICEF produces a range of resources about the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, aimed at children and young people and their teachers. Please visit their website for more information.

Younger pupils can find out more about children’s rights around the world at UNICEF UK's World Explorers website. Aimed at 5-to-11 year-olds, the website is packed with activities and information for children. They can find out about their rights and discover how children all over the world live. Monthly 'Change the World challenges' provide fun opportunities to get involved with UNICEF's work.