Primary Organisation

Resources regarding the structural and strategic organisation, of primary schools as human rights communities.
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Benchmarks for rights respecting schools

This resource outlines the key benchmarks for creating a rights respecting school. (Part of the HRiE School Resource Kit)

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Board of Trustees

Boards – whether they be boards of trustees of state schools, boards of independent schools, or boards governing early childhood education provision – are the entities charged with ensuring the realisation of the human right to education for the children in their school or ECE service. This resource links the requirements of Boards under the NZ Curriculum to human rights principles - and displays that by promoting a whole school approach to rights-based education, Boards are provided with a useful framework, to give coherence and fluency to their existing functions. (Part of the HRiE School Resource kit)

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Class agreement examples from Hampshire

Some examples of classroom agreements which were constructed by the students of Hampshire County in the UK. Each charter addresses certain children's rights under UNCRoC, and lists the responsibilities to be taken by the students in order to realise these rights.

Charter A (article 12, 19, 24, 28, 31) JPEG (195KB)

Charter B (article 12, 28, 29) JPEG (132KB)

Charter C (article 24) JPEG (111KB)

Charter D (article 16) JPEG (112KB)

George Mitchell School

An article from the BBC about George Mitchell School in the UK and the "Making Learning Better" scheme which is going on there. The pupils of George Mitchell are so involved in the running of their school that they interview all prospective teachers. Involving students in the selection of teachers is a big step in the inclusion of students into the decision making process.

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Hampton Wick Infant and Nursery School

Here is an example of a student body which is involved in basic decisionmaking around the school.  This example shows that it is never too early to incorporate a democratic decisionmaking process in the school, as the children who are involved with the student of Hampton Wick are between the ages of 6 and 7.

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Human rights and the NZ Curriculum

The English-medium New Zealand Curriculum launched on 6 November 2007 is about human rights in its purpose, aims and much of its specific content. In general terms the Curriculum is a key part of New Zealand's implementation of the human right to education. This resource outlines the ways in which schools can utilize the strong links between human rights-based education and the NZ Curriculum to aid the compulsory adoption of the Curriculum by 2010. (Part of the HRiE School Resource Kit)

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Parents & whānau

This resource outlines the obligations of parents, which reinforce the school-parent relationship that is required by New Zealand education policy and good practice. (Part of the HRiE School Resource Kit)

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Rights and responsibilities agreements: joining the dots

The international human rights framework that has emerged during the last century to act as a cross-cultural ethical guide to individual, organisational and state behaviour is a product of extensive negotiation and agreement. This resource outlines the development of negotiated Rights & Responsibilities Agreements replicates this international process in the school. (Part of the HRiE School Resource Kit)

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School agreement examples from Hampshire

An example of a 'School Agreement' which was drawn up by some children and their teachers from Hampshire County in the UK. There is also a 'Playground Charter' which states the rights that the children are entilted to on the playground, as well as the responsibilities that need to be taken. Hampshire provides many valuable resources for NZ schools to draw on when drafting their own human rights-based school charter.

School Agreement JPEG (129KB)

Playground Charter JPEG (729KB)

Student participation in school decisionmaking

Schools are indisputably the primary institutions in which children develop an understanding of what it takes to become an active and knowledgeable democratic citizen, who is aware of and exerts their fundamental human rights and responsibilities in every day life. Such an understanding however, cannot be cultivated without democratic structures and processes being actively modelled for students in schools. (Part of the HRiE School Resource Kit)

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