School Organisation

Resources regarding the structural and strategic organisation, of primary, intermediate and secondary schools as human rights communities. Includes the HRiE School Resource Kit, providing a practical toolkit to help schools implement human rights-based education.

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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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Building a rights-respecting school community

Developing the school as a rights-respecting community starts with building recognition of the human rights role of the school. For “respect for self, others and human rights” to be "evident in the school’s philosophy, structures, curriculum, classrooms, and relationships", a structured approach needs to be taken to applying a human rights and responsibilities lens throughout the life of the school. (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)

Evidence of impact, the Hampshire case study

One of the most comprehensive approaches to human rights-based education, rolled out by Hampshire County of the United Kingdom. Impressive results from Hampshire are linked in this resource to the NZ Curriculum's values and key competencies - and positive impacts on academic achievement, teachers and school management experienced by Hampshire. (Part of the HRiE School Resource Kit)

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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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HRiE School Resource Kit

A Kit for school leaders containing down loadable documents covering the rationale, methods and basic reference materials for human rights-based education in schools.

Human rights & the teachers’ Code of Ethics

This document adapted from In accordance with the code of ethics teachers registered to practise in New Zealand are committed to the attainment of the highest standards of professional service in the promotion of learning by those they teach. In this resource the clear human rights principles evident in the Code are highlighted, by linking the text of the Code to relevant articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRoC). (Part of the HRiE School Resource Kit)

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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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