A Time for Rights
This teacher's handbook for citizenship and PSHE celebrates the progress made in children's rights since the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1989. The Human Rights Act, which entered English law in October 2000, enshrines many principles of the UN Convention.
As you might expect in a publication from Save the Children and UNICEF, many case studies are drawn from other parts of the world. This provides a truly international flavour and helps to counter negative stereotypes that pupils may have of poorer countries.
However, there is more to this publication than just positive image. It begins with well-judged advice to teachers on how children's rights can be taught in schools and how to create a co-operative classroom.
The rest is a mix of classroom activities - some tried and tested, others original - together with the necessary photocopiable sheets for pupils. The activities make good use of varied sources, including music, poetry, cartoons and individual stories. A Time for Rights will be a valuable asset for any school planning citizenship or PSHE at key stages 2 and 3. At pound;10 it is also good value.
John Widdowson writes textbooks for geography and citizenship