Kelvin Grove Primary School


Kelvin Grove
Primary School

Kelvin Grove is proud to be a Rights Respecting School

We aim to teach and learn ABOUT rights, THROUGH rights and FOR rights.

The adults and children at Kelvin Grove understand that all human beings have rights, and that everyone, individually or as communities, should be treated with dignity and be empowered to determine their own destiny.

Young people need to understand equality and know their rights, to understand both how they should be treated, and how they should treat others. Teaching and learning about rights creates a safe place for students to explore, discuss, challenge and form their own opinions and values; combined with the understanding, respect and tolerance for difference, empowers children to tackle prejudice, improve relationships and make the most of their lives. To instil in our young people these positive and open-minded attitudes, becomes increasingly more important in our diverse and challenging society.

The UNCRC (The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child) covers all aspects of a child’s life; from the right to education, health and protection from abuse, to the right to freedom of expression and access to information. It also states what governments and adults (Duty Bearers) must do to ensure all children (Rights Holders) can enjoy all their rights.

At Kelvin Grove we are continually striving to develop a rights-respecting ethos in our school and rights-respecting classrooms. We are putting rights into practice every day in school.

Teaching and Learning ABOUT rights: for the whole school community through training, the curriculum, assemblies, topics, focus days/weeks and displays.

Teaching and Learning THROUGH rights: by modelling rights-respecting language and attitudes and making strategic decisions that involve students via School Council, The Rights Respecting Ambassadors, Buddies, Play Supporters, class circle-times and asking all pupils for their opinions and ideas on matters that involve them.

Being ambassadors FOR the rights of others: developing as rights respecting citizens. Our pupils take action and get involved in campaigns and initiatives that promote, protect and help realise children’s rights, at home or abroad. They look at local or global issues from a rights-perspective and explore how to raise awareness of particular issues, and help to bring about change.

There are four general principles:

Non-discrimination (article 2): the Convention applies to all children whatever their ethnicity, gender, religion, language, abilities, whatever they think or say, no matter what type of family they come from, whatever their circumstances.

Best interest of the child (article 3): a child’s best interests must be a top priority in all decisions and actions that affect children. All adults should do what is best for children and should think about how their decisions will affect children. Determining what is in children’s best interests should take into account children’s own views and feelings.

Right to life, survival and development (article 6): children have the right to life and governments must do all they can to ensure children survive and develop to their fullest potential. The right to life and survival guarantees the most basic needs such as nutrition, shelter or access to health care. Development - physical, emotional, educational, social and spiritual - is the goal of many of the rights in the Convention, for example the right to education, access to information, freedom of thought or right to play.

Right to be heard (article 12): every child has the right to express their views, feelings and wishes in all matters affecting them, and to have their views considered and taken seriously. This principle recognises children as actors in their own lives and applies at all times, throughout a child’s life. This means that when adults make decisions about a child’s life, the child should be asked what they think and feel and adult’s decision needs to take these into account. The Convention recognises that the level of a child’s participation in decisions must be appropriate to the child’s age and maturity.

Educating children about equality and rights empowers them with learning they can use far beyond the classroom.

They will take it out into the school corridors and playground, into their homes and beyond into the wider community. The respect and tolerance it teaches will help to create a healthier, happier, fairer school culture, and improve attainment and aspirations.








- READ 'Understanding Rights'

- READ 'What Rights?' 


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