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Irk Valley Community School

Irk Valley Community School

‘Welcome to our valley. We are proud to grow here together’


We learn about rights in different ways - take a look:


  • Children in the class have chosen up to 3 articles that are important to them
  • The duty bearers (the adults who work in the classroom) help children to follow and understand the rights


Each month we have a chosen article that the children and our school community learn about. It is displayed in our dining room so that the children can see it. The rights respecting team chose these articles based on what they thought was important to our school.



Article 7 - (birth registration, name, nationality, care)

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.


Article 30 – (children from minority or indigenous groups)

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 12 - (respect for the views of the child)

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. This right applies at all times, for example during immigration proceedings, housing decisions or the child’s day-to-day home life.


Article 6 - (life, survival and development)

Every child has the right to life. Governments must do all they can to ensure that children survive and develop to their full potential.


Article 14 - (freedom of thought, belief and religion)

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.


Article 17 - (Access to information; mass media): Every child has the right to appropriate information. Children have the right to get information that is important to their health and well-being. Governments should encourage mass media – radio, television, newspapers and Internet content sources – to provide information that children can understand and to not promote materials that could harm children. Mass media should particularly be encouraged to supply information in languages that minority and indigenous children can understand. Children should also have access to children’s books.


Article 24: (Health and health services): Children have the right to good quality health care – the best health care possible – to safe drinking water, nutritious food, a clean and safe environment, and information to help them stay healthy. Rich countries should help poorer countries achieve this.


Article 28 - (right to education)

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.


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 22: (Refugee children)

Children have the right to special protection and help if they are refugees (if they have been forced to leave their home and live in another country), as well as all the rights in this Convention.


Article 31: (Leisure, play and culture)

Children have the right to relax and play, and to join in a wide range of cultural, artistic and other recreational activities.




Our rights respecters help lead our assemblies where we teach the whole school about the article of the month. Mrs Lord also talks about the rights in other assemblies too.


Learning about rights during Lockdown was important. We updated online learning with weekly articles. We also set fun homework activities in some classes about the rights.