Rights Respecting School
We are so proud to be a Gold Rights Respecting School.
At Plymouth Grove school, children’s rights are learned, understood and lived. Children’s rights are the very heart of our school and shape its culture.
Duty bearers at Plymouth Grove:
- Teach children about their rights so that they understand them
- Continuously give children an opportunity to access their rights.
- Create opportunities for children to join groups and share their ideas.
- Collaborate with members of the local community to support children’s rights.
Parents, family members and adults in the community are also duty bearers. Mrs Fitzpatrick is our Rights Respecting lead and would love to hear from parents about their ideas for how we can promote rights at home as well as school - please send her a message on Seesaw!
What is a rights holder?
A rights holder is a young person (0-17) who claims their rights. Every child has rights, whatever their ethnicity, gender, religion, language, abilities or any other status.
What is a duty bearer?
A duty bearer educates children about their rights, promotes their rights and protects their rights. Duty bearers include teachers, lunchtime assistants, governors and parents.
What is the UNCRC?
The UNCRC stands for the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.
The CRC sets out the human rights of every person under the age of 18 and is the most complete statement on children’s rights treaty in history. It was adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1989 and is the most widely adopted international human rights treaty in history. The UK ratified the CRC in 1991.
Click on the file below to view the UNCRC.
Respecting Children’s Rights at Plymouth Grove Primary School
Over the past year, our school council, Plymouth Grove Rights Parliament, has been very busy raising awareness of rights across Plymouth Grove, fundraising for our local charity, attending the first child led safeguarding conference and promoting rights focussed days, such as International Children’s Day.
Voting for our new Plymouth Grove Rights Parliament
Plymouth Grove Rights Parliament provides all children with an opportunity to share their ideas (article 13) and be heard by duty bearers across school (article 12).
Parliament meets every week to discuss a topic which is important to our school, as well as our local and international communities. When they return to class, parliament members host a mini-parliament where they collect the ideas of their class members linked to this weekly topic.
Click on the link below to view minutes from our weekly school council meetings.
International Children’s Day - 20th November
Every year, we celebrate the rights of children across the world by taking part in International Children’s Day.
In our recent celebration, children designed their own rights t-shirt and illustrated a book, based on the novel, We are all Born Free. We also supported our local community by donating food to the Longsight and Ardwick foodbank.
Rights holders have been celebrating the ABCDE of rights. Take a look at the wonderful art projects created by EYFS (A), Year 1- 2 (B), Year 3-4 (C), Year 5 (D) and Year 6 (E).
Plymouth Grove attended the First Child Led Safeguarding Conference
Rights holders attended the first Child Led Safeguarding Conference at the Museum of Science and Industry. The children loved the opportunity to take part in such a forward thinking event where children’s ideas were heard and acted on.
Below you can see a link to our Gold Unicef Report. We were delighted that it recognised that:
It was evident that children’s rights are embedded across the school and underpin every facet of school life.
Particular strengths of the school include:
- Committed and passionate leadership bringing the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) to life across the school.
- Confident and articulate pupils who are eager to talk about their rights, who can make connections from their learning to their own lives and those of others around the world.
- Respectful and positive relationships.
- Pupil voice that is encouraged, respected and acted upon leading to pupils who feel valued and supported.
It is clear from the assessment visit that staff have worked enthusiastically and innovatively to meet the challenge of becoming a rights respecting school and maintaining that ethos over a number of years. The success can be judged in the positive impact it has had not only for pupils but the whole school community.