What does it mean to be a rights respecting school?
As a Rights Respecting school, we are guided by the UN Convention on the Rights of the child and seek to ensure that Barnsley Academy is free from intolerance, intimidation, and unkindness of any sort. We support our students to acknowledge that knowing the difference between right and wrong is not always straightforward and that an individual’s values, beliefs, and moral codes can change over time. We, therefore, seek to teach all staff and students to understand that it is both a personal and collective responsibility to guarantee mutual, respectful relationships with others. Our warm-strict behaviour policy is designed to ensure the following principles are followed:
- The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child applies to all Barnsley Academy students, without discrimination (Article 2).
- The best interests of the child are a top priority in all decisions and actions (Article 3).
- Children have the right to share their views about matters concerning them (Article 12).
- Children have the right to access information and share their views on it, as long as the information is not damaging to them or others (Article 13).
- Children have the right to learn reliable information through the media and to be protected from materials that may harm them (Article 17).
- Children have the right to be protected from being hurt or mistreated, either physically or mentally (Article 19).
- Children with any kind of disability have the right to receive appropriate care and support (Article 23).
- Children have the right to a standard of living that is good enough to meet their physical and mental needs (Article 27).
- A child’s education should develop their personality, talents and abilities to the fullest, whilst teaching respect for human rights, for others and for the environment (Article 29).
- Minority or indigenous children have the right to learn about and practise their own culture, language and religion (Article 30).
- Children have the right to take part in a wide range of cultural, artistic and other recreational activities (Article 31).
- Both adults and children will have a clear knowledge of these rights (Article 42).