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Rights Respecting School





Convention of Children’s Rights

The convention of Children’s Rights happened in 1989. Countries in the United Nations drew up a charter for children all across the world, because children were not protected enough by government legislation and in society at that time. UNCRC stands for the United Nations Convention on the Rights of a Child.

Over 150 countries signed the agreement to ensure children would be protected and their basic needs met. This helped encourage a sense of fairness and citizenship across the world.

At John Burns, the children are learning many of their rights through their involvement with UNICEF and a Rights Respecting ethos throughout the whole school. They are also learning about the global issues which affect so many people. Research has shown that this approach has a positive impact on students’ attitude to learning, their behaviour in lessons, the respect they have for staff and each other, as well as developing positive attitudes to diversity and difference and also raising attainment. 

We want children at John Burns to learn about their rights and feel empowered about their education. We recognise that rights and responsibilities are equally balanced and encourage our children to take responsibility for their actions in order to develop an awareness of how they might affect the rights of others. The aim is to help children achieve their potential and become responsible citizens.

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Level 1 Rights Respecting Award                            Certificate of committment

Click here for the UNICEF Rights of the child poster

Click here for the Parent leaflet with more information.

Children have developed with staff, governors and parents, classroom and school charters of how to act within the classroom and the school environment. 

Click on the links below to view the charters.

School Charter

Parent Charter

Playground Charter

Pen Charter


Steering group

As part of the RRSA, John Burns has its own steering group. This group comprises of a number of pupils, staff, governors and parents. During the meetings many issues are discussed. The meetings are chaired and led by the children who then feed back to the rest of the school community.

Steering group Minutes - Click on a number to read the meetings minutes.







Raising awareness of Global Issues

This year 2014/2015,  we have spent much time and energy finding out about how children live and survive across the world and whether they have access to their rights.

Day for Change- On this day, the children decided that all the teachers should swap rooms for the day and also for the children to swap playgrounds for the day. We raised £113.58 for UNICEF.

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Send my Friend to School 2015 - We learnt that 58 million primary school children still do not go to school. We thought about what we would do to change this if we were World leaders.


Save the Children “Make a Den Day” - We thought about how difficult it must be for children living in areas of destruction and war. We spent the whole day designing and planning dens and shelters in small groups using only basic materials. We raised £121.19 for Save the Children.




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Nepal Disaster Y1 - were passionate about helping to raise money for medicines, water and shelter for the children affected by the Nepal Earthquake. They wrote to parents and collected donations in their green buckets. John Burns raised £242.


RFactor Extravaganza - Every class decided to find out more about a particular article which interested them. They then spend much time investigating, researching and campaigning about this article. This resulted in an “R Factor Extravaganza” assembly which we invited Shaftesbury Park School to attend. This was a fabulous opportunity to find out about many global issues.

School Council

Every child in Year 1-Y6 is a member of our school council as we believe strongly in the power of pupil voice. The children are split into 8 mixed age teams who meet at the same time in different rooms. The agendas are chosen by the children. Every team discusses the same points, all the feedback is then collated onto one whole school set of minutes. These minutes have brought about much change in our school. These meetings give every child a voice and an opportunity to come together with their peers to meet and share ideas and opinions.

For the minutes of meetings, click below.

Minutes 1

Minutes 2

Minutes 3

Minutes 4

Minutes 5a &5b






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