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Alston Primary School- A Rights Respecting School.


Every child has the right to survival, protection and education, and to have their voice heard. These and many other fundamental children’s rights are outlined in the UNCRC (United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child). 

The UNCRC consists of 54 articles that set out children’s rights and how governments should work together to make them available to all children.

Since it was adopted by the United Nations in November 1989, 194 countries have signed up to the UNCRC, with only two countries in the world still to ratify. All countries that sign up to the UNCRC are bound by international law to ensure it is implemented. This is monitored by the Committee on the Rights of the Child.

Under the terms of the convention, governments are required to meet children’s basic needs and help them reach their full potential. Central to this is the acknowledgment that every child has basic fundamental rights. These include the right to:

  • lifesurvival and development
  • protection from violenceabuse or neglect
  • an education that enables children to fulfil their potential
  • be raised by, or have a relationship withtheir parents
  • express their opinions and be listened to.


We, as a school,  have the articles of the UNCRC at the very core of our ethos and curriculum. 

We are working towards Level One of the Rights Respecting School's Award having already achieved The Recognition of Commitment from UNICEF.

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United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child