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The Rights Idea? Teaching Resource developed by Exeter University, NYAS and NACCC

The Rights Idea? developed by the University of Exeter in collaboration with NYAS and NACCC has been awarded the ACT Quality Mark for Citizenship teaching resources.

The resource is an engaging and interactive two-part lesson plan that supports teaching rights as required by the National Curriculum for Citizenship at Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 and GCSE Citizenship Studies. The resources have been developed by Prof. Anne Barlow and Dr Jan Ewing at Exeter Law School in collaboration with two leading national charities, The National Youth Advocacy Service (NYAS) and The National Association of Child Contact Centres (NACCC).

View the lessons and teacher guide here

The lesson plans and accompanying video are built around young people’s rights under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) particularly Article 12, their right to have their voices heard in decision-making when parents separate.Rights Idea infographic

In lesson 1, pupils explore the key rights afforded to young people by the UNCRC and discuss leading young activists who are getting their voices heard nationally and internationally. Building on the learning from lesson 1, in lesson 2 pupils, consider the range of emotions that young people might feel when their parents separate and learn about their  rights to information, consultation and (where needed) representation as well as the sources of support available to them on parental separation. 

Both lessons have slides and a full Teacher Guide to assist preparation. For ease, the PowerPoint for lesson 2 has a link to The Rights Idea? video. A fun infographic, using a ‘rights’ theme, reinforces learning from the lessons.

Laminated A3 or A4 copies of the infographic for classroom walls are available free of charge by emailing

Both the video and infographic are available in Welsh if required.

The resource has also been quality assured and awarded the PSHE Association Quality Mark and supports the teaching of Relationships and Sex Education (RSE).


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