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How important are our rights in school? Lesson 1 of 6

Key stage 3 (ages 11-14) • Active Citizenship • Lesson and support materials

How important are our rights in school?

This lesson is part 1 of a sequence of 6 lessons addressing the key enquiry: What role can I play in making our school a fairer place?

This scheme of work focuses on fairness and active citizenship within the school environment. As a starting point, students consider their rights in school. They compare and contrast primary school experiences in relation to their right to be heard. They look at the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, identifying rights that relate to life in school and writing rules for teachers and students to ensure these rights are protected. They then use these rules to create a class charter and take a vote on whether it is fair.

Students will work towards answering the following questions:
  1. What are our rights in school?
  2. What is the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC)?
  3. How can we create a class charter based on the UNCRC?
  4. What is fairness and why is it important?
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