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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.

United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child


Covid 19

Unicef work for children in over 190 countries. They exist to represent and support children, and the coronavirus outbreak is no exception.


In the UK
Unicef is helping children, parents and teachers in every way we can. With the schools shut, exams and children’s activities cancelled, they will continue to ensure that the inspiring and unique voices of children are heard. They have also provided teachers with resources on helping children and young people learn about rights from home.


Around the world
Global cooperation is essential and at the heart of our values. Unicef has been working closely with governments and the World Health Organization (WHO) since the start of the coronavirus outbreak. They are providing:

  • information on how communities can best protect themselves, as well as debunking harmful rumours and ensuring accuracy of information
  • essential medical and prevention supplies, including surgical gloves, soap and clean water facilities
  • health care support for women, children and vulnerable communities
  • access to education and child protection services
  • data collection and analysis of the impact of the crisis on women and children.


Home task

Read the Coronavirus book for children and talk about what you are doing as a family to keep healthy during this time.




Article of the Week - W.B. 6th July 2020

Article of the Week - W.B. 29th June 2020

Introducing... Article 17

Article 17 -  Access to information from the media

Every child has the right to reliable information from a variety of sources, and governments should encourage the media to provide information that children can understand.

Governments must help protect children from materials that could harm them.

Article Of The Week - W/B 23rd June 2020


Introducing...Article 30


Article 30 – Minority culture, language and religion
Every child has the right to learn and use the language, customs and religion of their family whether or not these are shared by the majority of the people in the country where they live.


Article Of The Week - W/B 15th June 2020

Introducing...Article 2


Article 2 – Non - discrimination.


The Convention applies to every child without discrimination, whatever their ethnicity, gender, religion, language, abilities or any other status, whatever they think or say, whatever their family background.

Article Of The Week - W/B 8th June 2020

Introducing...Article 42


Article 19 – Knowledge of rights.

Governments must actively work to make sure children and adults know about the Convention.

Do you know your rights? Try to name as many of the rights that you can think of!

Article Of The Week - W/B 1st June 2020

Introducing...Article 19


Article 19 – Protection from violence, abuse and neglect.

Governments must do all they can to ensure that children are protected from all forms of violence, abuse, neglect and bad treatment by their parents or anyone else who looks after them.


Article Of The Week - W/B 18th May 2020

Introducing...Article 28


Every child has the right to an education.

Primary education must be free and different forms of secondary education must be available to every child.

Discipline in schools must respect children’s dignity and their rights.

Richer countries must help poorer countries achieve this.


Why is education important for children and young people?


Article Of The Week - W/B 11th May 2020


Introducing...Article 14

Every child has the right to think and believe what they choose and also to practise their religion, as long as they are not stopping other people from enjoying their rights.

Governments must respect the rights and responsibilities of parents to guide their child as they grow up.


How does your school show they respect everyone’s beliefs?


Article Of The Week - W/B 4th May 2020

Introducing...Article 7
Every child has the right to be registered at birth, to have a name and nationality, and, as far as possible, to know and be cared for by their parents.

  • What sort of things need to happen if you are to have your name and nationality respected?
  • What would help you?  What can adults do?


Home tasks

Make a colourful poster to celebrate your name – who are you? What are your hobbies?
  • Ask your family about your name – why did they choose that name? What does your name mean? Make a list of the names of your family members and research what they mean.
  • Find out what you have to do to register a birth. Is it the same in other countries?
  • Do you celebrate the day you were born? If so, what do you do to celebrate it? Does anybody in your family have a birthday in the same month as you? Create a bar chart or pictogram to show the most popular birthday month.
  • What is your nationality? Do you know what the national flag looks like? How do you celebrate it? You could create a poster to show the information you find out about your nationality.



Remember to send your completed tasks to Miss Byrne by emailing

Article Of The Week - W/B 27th April 2020

Introducing...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.


  • What sort of things need to happen if you are to get your voice heard properly?
  • What would help you?
  • What should adults do?

Home tasks

Draw or list people who you think can help your views, feelings and wishes be met.
Make a poster to show the importance of Article 12 – what does it mean to you?
What do you think adults can do to show that your views are being listened to?
Can you think of any stories you have read, or films you have watched, where children’s voices are listened to? If so, tell someone about it.
  • Have there been any activities set that you have particularly enjoyed? What were they?


Remember to send your completed tasks to Miss Byrne by emailing

Article Of The Week - W/B 20th April 2020

Introducing...Article 24

Every child has the right to the best possible health


Governments must provide good quality health care, clean water, nutritious food, and a clean environment and education on health and well-being so that children can stay healthy.


Home tasks

  1. Write down what you can do to keep yourself healthy.

  2. Draw or list people who can help you stay healthy and safe. What are their jobs?

  3. Make a list with words or pictures of as many kinds of exercise you can think of.

  4. Set up an obstacle course and challenge someone in your house to have a go.


Remember to send your completed tasks to Miss Byrne by emailing