Rights and Responsibilities at Hester’s Way Primary School.
Why use rights and responsibilities as opposed to rules?
The aim of our Rights, Respect and Responsibilities (RRR) curriculum is to help children in achieving their potential and become responsible citizens. What is taught helps children learn respect for self, others, critical thinking skills, and informed decision-making. Research evidence shows that when children are taught in school about their rights and responsibilities they are more respecting of the rights of others.
Children who have learnt about their rights show
A better understanding of what it means to have rights and responsibilities;
More positive attitudes to school;
Better relationships with their classmates and teacher;
What is meant by ‘rights’?
These are not the same as ‘wants’. What are termed rights are the basic human needs and values that apply or should apply to everyone.
What about responsibilities? (UNICEF)
With rights come responsibilities. These include:
For children: the responsibility to respect the rights of others;
For parents: to respect and provide for the rights of their children;
For government: to support families and to respect and provide for the rights of children.
Will children take advantage of adults if they are taught about their rights?
We need to make it clear that children not only have rights, but also the responsibility to respect the rights of others. They go hand in hand. That includes respect for each other, adults, their values, culture and beliefs.
During our Captain Positive launch week, each class had the opportunity to
discuss Rights and Responsibilities. Even Year 1 children are understanding rights as something they can expect and that their responsibility is their job.
Each class has a display up which shows their class charters. Their classes rights and responsibilities that they have decided are important to them to help them learn.
Our class charters underpin what we expect from the children as Captain Positive STARs—to be Sensible, Trustworthy, Ambitious and Respectful.
They link in to our zone boards in each classroom that help us and the children to monitor behaviour in class.