Castle Hill School is a Rights Respecting School. The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child sets out the civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights all children are entitled to (known as Articles).

We support Unicef in their promotion of the Convention of the Rights of the Child and we are putting these Rights in the heart of our practice. As a school we are updating all of our Policies and Curriculum areas to include information on how focusing on the Rights of the Child informs the work we do with our pupils and drives us forward.


We have shared this information through newsletters, social media and on our website. We have received the Unicef Bronze award and we are now working towards the Silver award which will involve a visit from Unicef to look at all the hard work we have put in.

Castle Hill School is fully engaged with the Rights of the Child, which includes a monthly ‘Right/Article’ focus, which is shared and discussed through whole school and class staff meetings for Teachers and Educational Teaching Assistants.


Our Lunchtime Support Assistants have also had presentations delivered on the work that we do.

Every month we focus on a different Right of the Child and collate evidence on how we help our pupils take part in and understand their right. Below are our monthly ‘Rights’ and the results of our discussions.

During September our Unicef focus has been Article 31 (leisure, play and culture) – every child has the right to relax, play and take part in a wide range of cultural and artistic activities. This is evidenced through…

Celebrations (Diwali, Chinese New Year, Christmas, Eid, Easter, Harvest, birthdays), Activity week, coffee mornings, Discovery café, Graduation, Makaton sign and sing, dancing with Jamie, music therapy with Richard, group meditation and relaxation, messy play, mark making, vocalisation, pretend play, food therapy, Chill Den, areas of class, pupil lead learning and curriculum, sensory integration, down time when needed, collective worship, lunchtime play, songs in class, opportunities to play in class and outside, peer massage, continuous provision, making choices of toys and games, opportunities to express themselves, use of schema, rebound, hydro, sensory room, Enrichment session, and opportunities to request ‘more’.

For October we looked at Article 29 (goals of education) – education must develop every child’s personality, talents and abilities to the full. It must encourage the child’s respect for human rights, as well as respect for their parents, their own and other cultures, and the environment.
This is evidenced through…

Personalised curriculum, Star of the week, Headteacher’s award, stars/merits, praise, intensive interaction, group times, role play, continuous provision, links that support interactions, home/school books, Discovery café, open door policy, physio, challenge and appropriate risk, responding to individuals’ unique communication methods, celebrating festivals and cultures, involving families through parents’ evenings and reviews, displays that celebrate achievement, school council, pupil premium, pupil choice of activities and rewards, nature focused activities, encouraging talents, opportunities to express themselves, awe and wonder, sign and sing, being part of the community.

During November our Unicef focus has been Article 14 (freedom of thought and belief) – every child has the right to think and believe what they choose and also to practice their religion. This also includes respecting the rights and responsibilities of parents to guide their child as they grow up.
This is evidenced through…

Reflection time at the end of the day; activities to develop tolerance; choice making opportunities; cultural celebrations of religious festivals; collective worship; individual meditation; respect for cultures and beliefs; learning about different religions; sharing with others; respecting peers choices and waiting for turns; Daily contact with parents through home/school book, in person, phone calls; the work of the Family Liaison Officer; Parents’ evening; Parent Support Group; EHCP process and meetings; involving parents in celebrations; respect for parents’ beliefs and wishes; ensuring food and resources conform to faith; class greetings and use of home languages.

For December we looked at Article 13 (freedom of expression) – every child must be free to express their thoughts and opinions and be able to access all kinds of information, as long as it is within the law.
This is evidenced through…

School council, Chill Den, free choice, continuous provision, choices during lunch and play, schema, child led approach, intensive interaction, choice cards, now and next, use of photographs and symbols to help make choices, use of communication teacher and approaches, enjoying a  range of cultural experiences, a range of independent choice making opportunities (areas to visit, stories, food), total communication, curriculum, home-school communication allow sharing of achievements, having the right to say ‘no’ and respecting that, providing life experiences and the community, skilled staff tuned into pupils’ communication, emotions and preferences.

In January, our Article focus was Article 24 (health and health services) – 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 wellbeing.

This is evidenced through…

Nutritious snacks, skilled staff meeting pupils medical needs, exercise, access to drinks, learning life skills, swimming, walks, personal care, medical team, physio team, sugar free lunches, feeding plans, lifting and handling plans, Pinnacle’s cleaning team and caretakers focus on cleanliness and health and safety, feeding and swallowing, focus on wellbeing agenda and mental health, policies on safety, healthy school dinners, variety of healthcare practitioners visit school, wheelchair services, walking frames, sideliers, standers, hydrotherapy, rebound therapy, handwashing, wearing aprons, cooking skills, fruit and milk, positioning, food therapy.

For February we looked at is Article 19 (protection from violence, abuse and neglect) – every child has the right to be protected from being hurt and mistreated, physically or mentally.
This is evidenced through…

Ongoing Safeguarding training, use of CPOMS, vigilance of marks, body maps, Sally (FLOSO) working with the families, Prevent training, attendance monitoring, encouraging pupil voice and making decisions, well known safeguarding procedures, safeguarding posters, wellbeing agenda, Mental Health First Aiders.

In March our focus was Article 15 (freedom of association)- every child has the right to meet with other children and to join groups and organisations.

This is evidenced through…enrichment, communication groups, assemblies, sign and sing, Primary mix-up, interaction in corridors, transition, festive events, links, bus trips, group work in class, community links, school council, after school club, shared breaktime, sporting activities, celebratory days such as Castlefest, inclusive external events such as Big Sing and Mrs Sunderland, work experience, and links with other schools including visits.

Our focus for May is Article 12 (respect for the views of the child) – every child has the right to express their views, feelings and wishes in all matters affecting them.