All children on this planet are born with 54 different rights. UNICEF – the world’s leading Children’s Charity – have named these rights ‘Articles’. Children do not have to “earn” or “gain” these rights – they are theirs from birth; Article 1 – Everyone under the age of 18 has all the rights in the convention.
You can find out about all 54 rights here: https://www.unicef.org.uk/what-we-do/un-convention-child-rights/
At Trafalgar, we make sure every child knows their rights and ensure that we all act in a way that means ALL are able to receive these at all times; Article 3 – The best interests of the child must be a top priority in all decisions and actions that affect children.
Students at Trafalgar are immersed in an understanding of their rights from the moment they become part of our school community. Their rights are spoken about and shared with them in assemblies, tutor time and lessons. We encourage our students to ask questions about their rights and aim to be upfront and honest about any decisions we make and information we need to share with them. Article 17 – Children have the right to reliable information.
To celebrate our dedication to this, we have been awarded by UNICEF the RRSA Silver Rights Aware Award – meaning UNICEF understand just how hard we work at Trafalgar to ensure every child’s rights are being met. However, we will not stop there, as you can expect to see more exciting opportunities and events in the future as we aim for Gold! Each subject department now has a staff representative for the Rights of the Child – whose job it is to ensure that students are actively taught about their rights when their undertake lessons in that part of the school. Article 42 Adults must actively work to make sure children know about the Convention.
Our journey to Gold is well underway with our Student Council and Rights Reps meeting regularly to discuss their take on school-based issues. All students have access to the minutes from these meetings, posted on the House Notice Board. We have also spent lots of time working with students rewording our Anti-Bullying Policy and creating House pledges to go along side these. Article 13 – Every child must be free to express their thoughts and opinions as long as it is within the law.
Our PD Days go from strength to strength, with many different outside speakers coming in to talk to students about a wide range of topics from knife crime and prison life to LGBTQ+ bullying and life in different cultures. Article 14 – Every child has the right to think and believe what they choose and to practice their own religions as long as they are not stopping others receiving their rights.
We have also ensured that we have a wide range of clubs that cater for all student’s tastes. There are opportunities every year for students to say what sort of clubs they would like to attend and our club timetable is fluid and ever changing to represent this. Article 31 – Every child has the right to relax, play and take part in a wide range of cultural and artistic activities.
Ultimately, our aim at Trafalgar is clear – we want all students to experience a broad and diverse education, that is tailored to the individual and gives them the best start in life. Our recognition as a Rights Respecting School makes it clear we are delivering just that. Article 29 – Education must develop every child’s personality, talents and abilities to the full.
Please feel free to contact the school’s RRSA link – Miss Davis ([email protected]) if you have any further ideas as to how YOUR child and their peers can learn more about the rights at school. If you would like to contribute to an event that links to the Rights of the Child – we would love to hear from you!