At Canford Heath Junior School, we are proud to hold the Level 2 'Gold' status for the Rights respecting school award. We achieved this status in July 2012 and then in March 2015, we were re-accredited with this Level.
The Level 2 Award is the highest accolade given by Unicef UK which shows we have a deep and thorough commitment to children’s rights at all levels of school life. This commitment was evident from our most recent report, which stated,
‘It was clear to the assessors that since being awarded Level 2, Canford Heath Junior School has continued to embed a rights respecting ethos, creating a positive learning environment in which children are happy, motivated learners who take an active part in school life.’
At Canford Heath Junior, we ensure that children are confident in knowing their rights, which are written in the form of 42 articles (published by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child).
At the start of each school year, the children think about what will make their classroom a happy place to learn and draw up a charter based on children’s rights. The charters explain what rights the children have and as a joint class decision, we agree on the behaviour we will show in order for all children to access their rights. We also agree on what the adults in our school community should do in order to support these rights.
This was clearly stated in our most recent report, ‘Both staff and children help to create a positive learning ethos. Children talked about how they respected each other’s right to learn by helping and not disturbing each other. One child said ‘Our rights help us to have a great education.’
Here are some of our class charters