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Rights Respecting Schools

We are proud to be a Gold 'Rights Respecting School'.  This is an award given to schools by UNICEF, a leading organisation for children and their rights.  It recognises the work that duty-bearers (normally teachers, staff and other adults) do to ensure that all children can access their rights as defined in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Take a look at the summary of the UNCRC.

We are delighted to have been re-accredited at Gold this September.  Our children and staff speak knowledgably and passionately about the rights of the Child as enshrined in the United Nations Conference on the Rights of the Child.

Please see our most recent assessment here:

A rights-respecting school not only teaches about children's rights but also models rights and respect in all its relationships: between teachers / adults and pupils, between adults and between pupils.

The 'Rights Respecting School Award' (RRSA) helps our children grow into thoughtful, respectful and responsible young members of the school and wider community. By learning about their rights, our children also learn about the importance of respecting the rights of others.

The UNCRC (United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child) runs throughout the life at Thomas Buxton School and in referenced in all of our lessons and strategic planning.  Article 42 states that, "Governments must actively work to make sure that children and adults know about the convention."  To help the children learn about their rights, they are present across our school environment.

At Thomas Buxton, both the staff and children are passionate about upholding the rights of the children.

As duty bearers, the staff ensure that children's rights are referenced in policies as they are updated and we regularly introduce key initiatives to focus on upholding the children's rights.

As rights holders, the views of the children are very important to us and the UNCRC focuses our discussions with the school ambassadors.  The children's ideas are raised with the staff and put into practice.

We hold regular School Ambassador meetings to discuss school and to seek children’s feedback on events. The School Ambassadors begin the school year by discussing their rights and setting priorities for the year ahead.  They take the views of their peers and work alongside the Rights Respecting Schools lead to ensure that the children’s views are represented across the school.

The children discuss the Rights of the Child throughout the school day and they are visible across the school.  We focus on a small group of rights each term and help children to put them into the context of their own lives. Please see an examples of the resources that are visible in every teaching room across the school:

You can find out more about the award and work of UNICEF on their website.

What's Happening for the Young? And WHY Are Children's Rights So Important?

This article from Unicef includes quotes from children at Thomas Buxton who attended the WHY? Festival.

"In October, Paul Harris from Unicef's UK's Rights Respecting Schools team delivered two workshops at the annual WHY? Festival, held in the Southbank Centre in London Waterloo."


Pupil Parliament

Pupil Parliament is a progression from individual school councils and offers young people and
children the opportunity to discuss issues that are important to them with their peers from other
local schools within Tower Hamlets.

Pupil Parliament is a pupil led event. The topics are chosen by the pupils. Pupils that attend the
event develop their own questions and, based on the answers they receive, the pupils develop their
own action plans in partnership with pupils from other schools.


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