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In our communication with children, we use respectful language and honour the rights of the child. Teachers use the language of rights to ensure we create an atmosphere of mutual respect and a learning community where everyone achieves, because pupils are always valued.

In our communication with children, we use respectful language and honour the rights of the child. Teachers use the language of rights to ensure we create an atmosphere of mutual respect and a learning community where everyone achieves, because pupils are always valued.

 

Teachers can prioritise the rights of a child, however, teachers and staff can never take a child’s rights away.

As duty-bearers, we ensure children are aware that rights are laws in many countries as a result of the UN Convention of Children’s Rights (1989). Language of rights are used to ensure pupils have choice in their learning and behaviour patterns. Teachers encourage this positive, rights respecting outlook to continually give opportunities for pupils to get back to green.

Staff have an awareness of the Articles of the Convention and use these on a regular basis.

Below is a list of ideas to encourage global links and to teach pupils the skill of using their voice (Article 12) and developing a sense of justice and fairness for their own future and the future of others.

  • Writing to the local council about an issue such as road safety.
  • Writing to David Cameron about education or child poverty in the UK.
  • Tweeting authors about books they have read.
  • Sending a friend to school project (online petition and postcard writing.) http://www.sendmyfriend.org/
  • Raising money for charities (allow pupils to pick which charity they want to support)
  • Creating links with international schools and also schools in rural England.
  • Fair Trade lessons and projects.
  • Watching news clips: having an awareness about what is happening in the world and what small things they can do to raise awareness.
  • Children actively involved in the community (eg: Carol singing at a retirement home/Garden party for the local community).