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 (these rights are known as Articles). The articles are universal, inherent, inalienable, unconditional, and indivisible. That is to say that they are for all children, from birth, can not be taken away, do not have to be earnt, and all are equally important. We respect all of these rights.
We support Unicef in their promotion of the Convention of the Rights of the Child and we are putting these rights in to the heart of our practice. 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 rights. At the bottom of this page are the planned monthly Article focus.
Our School Council helps to steer our practice within school. They have helped us choose and name our Rights Respecting mascot – Eunice the lamb – who is currently visiting classes. We hope that in the future Eunice will be able to visit the children at home to help share understanding of their rights. The School Council is now working on developing a school charter.
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.
As a school we are updating all of our Curriculum areas and Policies 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 with our families and other stakeholders through regular newsletters, social media and on our website. Our newsletters are also available below.