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The Fen Rivers Academy Rights Respecting School


The UNCRC Rights Respecting Schools framework underpins everything we do at the Fen Rivers Academy. It ensures the child is kept as the focus of all our practice and support and that adults as Duty bearers uphold these rights. It links in with so many aspects around children’s rights; accessing education, the curriculum aims in subject areas that we teach and how (article 28/29), using it as a reflective and restorative approach around behaviour, supporting mental health and wellbeing in children’s freedom to express themselves and be taken seriously (article 12/13), working with external agencies under the Prevent Strategy in working with Police and communities around protection from harm and safeguarding, (drugs, crime, exploitation- articles 32-36) and the dangers of radicalisation with teaching children about their right to an identity, with different cultures, language and religious beliefs being accepted under mutual respect and tolerance.


It is a privilege to be an Ambassador of Children’s Rights and I am pleased our school is continuing to succeed in our journey from Silver to Gold.


Jude Henson (Rights Respecting Schools Lead)


Congratulations to the Fen Rivers Academy!

We have successfully achieved the second stage of the RRSA. We are now Silver: Rights Aware.


19th May 2022 - Article 15 - Freedom of Association

Hello, According to Article 15 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, every child has the right to meet with other children and to join groups and organisations, as long as this does not stop other people from enjoying their rights. Having freedom of association is important for children and young people of all ages. It’s good for their mental wellbeing, sense of belonging, for learning from each other, developing new skills and amplifying their voice to bring about change. Kick off a meaningful conversation about Article 15, its importance and what it means to individual children with our latest pack of activities.


5th May 2022 - Article 6 - Life, Survival and Development.

Hello, This week we’re looking at Article 6 which states that every child has the right to life, survival and development. Activities for primary schools will help your pupils reflect on their development and what helps them enjoy this right, as well as think about how Article 6 links to other rights they have. The slides for secondary schools include more challenging activities, looking at barriers that impact children’s ability to enjoy their right to survival and development around the world as well as in the UK, including conflict, crises, poverty and suicide. Both of them also provide an opportunity to learn more about how UNICEF supports children’s right to life, survival and development every day.

29th April 2022 - The Right to Leisure, Play and Culture.

Hello, Our latest Article of the Week is ready for you and your learners to explore Article 31 – the right to leisure, play and culture. You can use the activities in this pack to help your pupils reflect on the importance of the right to relax and play for children of all ages. You'll also learn about our annual fundraiser Soccer Aid for UNICEF and how your school can get involved. If you’d like to join us and change lives of children around the world while getting the whole school together in celebration of the right to play, sign up for Soccer Aid Schools Challenge . You can find out more about the challenge in the context of your Rights Respecting journey on our website.

22nd April 2022 - Earth Day

Hello, Welcome back to your weekly Article of the Week pack. Hope you had a restful and enjoyable break. In our latest pack, we’ll be learning about Earth Day coming up on 22 April, as well as Articles 6 (life, survival and development) and 24 (health and health services) of the Convention. Support your pupils to think about how we can all help the environment and therefore enjoy our rights. You can even take a joint positive action in your school!

22nd March 2022 - World Water Day

Hello, With World Water Day coming up on 22 March, our new Article of the Week looks at Article 24 related to the right to clean water and Article 27 about the right to an adequate standard of living. World Water Day celebrates this invaluable resource and raises awareness of the two billion people living without access to safe water, unable to enjoy their rights. It also aims to inspire action towards Global Goal 6: water and sanitation for all. You can use the activities in this pack to introduce or remind your learners of Articles 24, 27 and Global Goal 6, celebrate water and support them to think about how they can help save and protect this precious resource and encourage others to do the same.

11th March 2022 - Respect for the Views of the Child

Hello, We’ve dedicated our latest Article of the Week to Article 12. This says that 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. We hope the activities in this pack will empower children of all ages and abilities to share their views on matters in school and in life. They might also help you and your learners think about how your school ensures meaningful participation - one of the three RRSA Strands which schools aim to reach – and how you can strengthen it together. And in case you missed it - if your pupils need support to express their views and feelings about the current events in Ukraine, have a look at the activities in the extra Article of the Week that we shared last week.

8th March 2022 - International Women's Day and Ukraine

Hello, Next Tuesday 8th March we celebrate International Women’s Day. We've prepared a pack full of activities for early years, primary and secondary pupils of all genders to help them think about bias and how to break it. And at the same time, learn about Articles 2 (non-discrimination), 12 (respect for the views of the child) and 13 (freedom of expression). In addition to this planned Article of the Week, we’re sharing an extra one, in response to the current crisis in Ukraine. We trust children’s rights and UNCRC as well as your own expertise give you tools and language to speak to children about this difficult topic, but we hope the activities in this pack will provide a useful support.

3rd March 2022 - World Book Day

Hello, After a week off, our Article of the Week is back - just in time for World Book Day. Next Thursday 3rd of March marks the 25th anniversary of World Book Day – a worldwide annual celebration of books and reading. This is a great opportunity for your pupils to join the celebration as well as reflect on how books are crucial for exercising several of their rights. Whether they’re reading to get information (Article 17 – access to information from the media), to learn and develop (Article 29 – goals of education) or for pleasure (Article 31 – leisure, play and culture).

Hello, In this week’s Article of the Week pack, we’re taking a closer look at Articles 7 and 8. These ensure every child their right to be registered at birth, to have a name, nationality and identity. Even though we may take these rights for granted, activities in this pack should help your learners reflect on why they are crucial for everyone. We also encourage pupils to think about their unique identity and what underpins it, as well as the importance of respecting and appreciating that of others.


Happy New Year and welcome to the first Article of the Week of 2022! We're using the theme of New Year and the resolutions we sometimes make to revisit Article 29 which is all about the goals of education. Education must develop every child’s personality, talents and abilities to the full. We hope the activities in this pack will help your learners think about what they want to achieve this year and how can their education help them in this. As well as being ambitious, it’s also important to be kind to ourselves in this process. Kick off the term with our free OutRight resources on mental health to support your learners.


03/12/2021 - International Day of Persons with Disabilities

With International Day of People with Disabilities coming up on 3rd December, we’re looking at Articles 2 and 23. These ensure children with disabilities a right to live a full and decent life with dignity, without discrimination. This global event gives us a great opportunity to celebrate the achievements of people with disabilities, as well as shine a light on barriers they still face today and the role we can all play in breaking them down. We are looking forward to learning more and doing more to show support to people and children living with disabilities in schools, our community and beyond.


Article 31: Rest, Play, Culture and Arts.


Every child has the right to relax, play and take part in cultural and artistic activities. 

What is sport? What does it mean to you? 

  • Definitions:

A) a game, competition, or activity needing physical effort and skill that is played or done according to rules, for enjoyment and/or as a job

B) all types of physical activity that people do to keep healthy or for enjoyment

  • In many countries there are unique ‘traditional games’ that are part of the local culture
  • Sport can mean different things in different places and to different people; in some countries, chess is considered to be a sport!
  • Sport often features physical effort or skill
  • Sport is one of many ways we can relax and play
  • Many different sports mean there are options for everyone to get involved
  • Some sports can be adapted for younger children
  • A sport can be undertaken by one person, a pair or a bigger team of people
  • Lots of people like to watch sport as a way to relax


Article 29: The Right to Access Education


In this pack, we are also focusing on the importance of every girl around the world being able to access their right to a quality education, ahead of the upcoming G7 Summit in June

Rights Respecting Schools 12.4.21


Article 31 – Rest, Play, Culture, Arts

Every child has the right to relax, play and take part in a wide range of cultural and artistic activities.

This applies to all children regardless of background or abilities. 

Rights Respecting School: Article of the Week: Earth Hour 22/3/21


This has strong links to article 6: life, survival and development, article 12: respecting the views of the child and article and article 24: health and health services. 


Why do people harm our planet? Research the WWF website and find out information about an endangered species? Read We are here by Oliver Jeffers. 


Here We Are by Oliver Jeffers

Listen to this wonderful guide to planet earth and look at the beautiful illustrations.

World Book Day was created by UNESCO on 23rd April 1995 as a worldwide celebration of books and reading.


It is marked in over 100 countries around the globe. The first World Book Day in the UK and Ireland took place in 1997 to encourage young people to discover the pleasure of reading.

World Book Day is also now a charity with a mission to help change children’s lives by promoting reading for pleasure, offering every child and young person the opportunity to have a book of their own. 

This year (2021) marks the 24th year of WBD on 4th March and we hope you can find many different ways to enjoy reading.

There are lots of connections between World Book Day and your rights, especially your rights to access reliable information, the right to develop your talents and abilities and the right to relax and play. 

‘For Every Child’ by UNICEF 3.2.21


Today’s class story is called ‘For Every Child’ by UNICEF and it is a very important book. This book teaches you all about your rights as a child. We’ve been doing work on this in Rights Respecting Schools and Votes for Schools

For Every Child by UNICEF

01/02/2021 - Article of the Week:


LGBT+ History Month focuses on the celebration and recognition of LGBT+ people and culture; past and present to give people scope to talk about the bigger picture of LGBT+ experience, in which LGBT+ people are the agents of change.


The month celebrates successes and people and also recognises the challenges still faced today. The month also helps people outside of the LGBT+ community learn more about LGBT+ people, culture and history.

A piece of work based on the Right of the Fortnight

19/01/2021 - Article of the Week


Each week there is an article, which gives us a focus for the week of learning. This week it is 24 and 28. 


Article 24 – Health care ensures that every child has the right to the best possible health


Article 28 - Every child has the right to an education


19/01/2021 - What is a Rights Respecting School?


"A Rights Respecting School is a place where we can all feel confident with ourselves and it encourages us to use our voice. It has helped me build my confidence. It has helped me raise awareness of injustice in the world"


There are four key areas of impact for children at a Rights Respecting school; wellbeing, participation, relationships and self-esteem


Children are healthier and happier: “We all know our rights and know that if our rights aren’t respected we can do something.”


Children feel safe: "Since becoming rights respecting our children feel happier, safe and confident and are ready to learn"


Children have better relationships: “Our views are taken very seriously. Our opinion matters because we are the pupils, we know what it is like in the school and their (adults) perspective is different from ours.” 


Children become active and involved in school life and the wider world: “It’s made me very aware of my surroundings. We do loads of things that make everyone else aware too, like sending red hands [letters] to Members of Parliament.”


"Rights are the context for all our work – they provide a framework for the whole jigsaw."