Our Curriculum

Our curriculum is currently being reviewed as part of our action plan and response to our Ofsted visit in January 2022. Please see attached the plans for our curriculum moving forwards. If you have any questions about what your child is learning please do ask your child's class team or Dan Machin Assistant Headteacher

ask your child's class team or Dan Machin Assistant Headteacher.


Swimming Entitlement

We are fortunate to have our own hydrotherapy pool at Harlow. Students with physical difficulties require therapeutic input in the pool for medical reasons. Other students have the opportunity to use the resources as a warm water swim experience. Due to their physical and medical needs many of our students require support in and around water.


We are fortunate to be supported by an outstanding special school who recognised as Youth Sport Trust lead inclusion school with our Motor Activity Training Programme. This gives opportunity for students at Harlow to work along a range of different peers, lead their learning themselves and ensures adults are trained to scaffold and develop learning. Every Wednesday a group of students join us at Harlow to enjoy competitive sporting opportunities, learning away from the classroom and mostly to develop independence away from adults and friendships with peers. For more information on this programme please clink here. Motor Activity Training Programme (MATP) (specialolympicsgb.org.uk)



What is a Rights Respecting School?

At Harlow we follow the Unicef Rights respecting school award.

UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund) is the organisation working specifically for children and their rights. Its mission is to campaign for the protection of children’s rights in order to meet children’s basic needs and empower them to realise their full potential.

UNICEF UK believes that these values should be embedded in the ethos and curriculum of our schools, and provides a framework in order to accomplish this. This is the purpose of the RRSA (Rights Respecting School Award). At Harlow, all children learn about their rights and responsibilities. They learn to associate rights with needs and distinguish between their rights and ‘wants’. They learn that if they have rights, they need to respect the rights of others.

Why are children learning about their rights at school?

In signing the UNCRC all Governments have a responsibility to make both children and adults aware of these rights. There are 42 rights of a child (articles) in the convention covering things such as; children having the right to education (article 27) and children have the right to be protected at all times (article 19).

Across the school, we have charters or agreements that the children have drawn up in order to make our school a Rights Respecting place. The children realise that they have a responsibility to themselves, to ensure that they take the opportunities that their rights offer.

What is meant by Rights and Responsibilities?

These are not the same as ‘wants’. Rights are the basic human needs and values that apply or should apply to everyone.

With rights come responsibilities. These include:

For children: the responsibility to respect the rights of others.
For parents: to respect and provide for the rights of their children.


What about children’s respect for the rights of others?

Research has shown that when children are taught in school about their rights and responsibilities under the UNCRC, they are more respecting of the rights of others. Children who have learnt about their rights and responsibilities have :

  • a better understanding of what itmeans to have rights and responsibilities
  • a more positive attitude to school
  • better relationships with their classmates and teachers
  • higher self-esteem
  • an increased awareness of how to be a global citizen

Will children take advantage of adults if they are taught about their rights?

It is made clear that children not only have rights, but also the responsibility to respect the rights of others. That includes respect for parents, their values and culture. The Convention recognises the central importance of parents. It says that the government must respect the responsibility of parents for providing appropriate guidance for their children, including how children shall exercise their rights.

How can parents/carers support their child to learn about the Convention at home?

  • Take the time to ask your child what he/she has learnt recently regarding children’s rights and responsibilities.
  • Discuss the ideas learned in class, and try to think of examples from your own experiences, or from the media, of rights being respected or denied.
  • Discuss how your child or your family can promote respect for rights, or help those whose rights have been violated.
  • Model using rights and responsibility language with your children.
  • Ask your child’s opinion on children’s rights.
  • For more information visit www.unicef.org.uk/rights-respecting-schools/