Rights Respecting School Award

March 2017 

At Hillary Primary School, we are working towards achieving the Rights Respecting School Award. The Rights Respecting Schools Award is a Unicef UK programme that aims to put children’s rights at the heart of schools in the UK.


UNICEF is the world’s leading organisation working for children and their rights. In 1989, governments worldwide promised all children the same rights by adopting the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). These rights are based on what a child needs to survive, grow, participate and fulfil their potential.


At Hillary Primary School, we encourage children to make decisions about what happens in school. They are learning to realise the part they can play in making decisions and will also learn how to speak up for the rights of children around the world.


Last term, children were encouraged to apply to be part of the Rights Respecting Team. One child from each class was selected based on their application form.  Their role involves attending meetings, discussing ideas about how we can promote children’s rights as a school and reporting back to the class. It also required the members to ask their class questions and getting feedback so that each child within our class has the opportunity to contribute.


The ‘Rights Respecting School’ award (RRSA) will help our pupils to grow into confident, caring and responsible young citizens both in school and within the wider community. By learning about their rights our pupils, your children, also learn about the importance of respecting the rights of others i.e. their responsibilities.