Rights Respecting School
Martin Primary School is proud to be a Gold Level Rights Respecting School. We began this journey in September 2016 and achieved our Bronze Level Award in Spring 2017. We then managed to achieve our Silver Level Award in November 2017. We were delighted to be awarded Gold Level in March 2019. This means that children’s rights are embedded in everything we do at Martin Primary School.
Feedback from our assessment for the Gold Level Award which took place on 24th January 2019:
“It was evident that children’s rights are embedded across the school and underpin every facet of school life. Particular strengths of the school include:
• An outward looking community which is engaged with the wider world, environmental and global issues
• A very strong focus on diversity and inclusion with particular reference to a cross phase focus on gender equality with regards to women
• Good relationships between pupils and between pupils and staff.”
Ms Julie Taylor (Community Cohesion Leader), Ms. Shona Glackin and Ms Sara Liney have led the school on its journey to Gold Level accreditation. The children have also played a vital role as the school has developed its Rights Respecting status. The Steering Group have led assemblies and coffee mornings and are instrumental in the development of the programme. Our Rights Respecting Steering group meet termly to review our action plan and to think about different ways that we can embed children's rights in our school. The steering group is made up of children, staff, governors and parents. Please contact the school if you would like to join.
How we promote rights in Martin School:
Rights are embedded across the curriculum and are linked to assembly themes
Children are nominated for Rights Respecting certificates each week
Children and adults are encouraged to use Rights Respecting language around the school
Every class has a charter created by the children at the start of the year – this charter displays expectations of both children and adults within the classroom
Fundraising for UNICEF and involvement in campaigns e.g. The Outright Campaign
Regular staff training in order to embed children’s rights across the school.
The Rights Respecting Schools Award programme supports schools to embed the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC or CRC) in their practice to improve well-being and help all children to realise their potential.
The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child sets out the human rights of every person under the age of 18. The Convention is an international human rights treaty which was adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1989 and ratified by the UK in 1991.
The Convention is a very important document because it recognises that all children have the right to be treated with dignity and fairness, to be protected and to develop to their full potential. It also lays out what countries must do to ensure that all children can enjoy their rights, regardless of who they are, or where they are from. The Unicef UK Rights Respecting Schools Award (RRSA) supports schools across the UK to embed children’s human rights in their ethos and culture.
To find out more about Rights Respecting Schools please visit:
For a summary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the child, please click here