Rights Respecting School Award  Award - Emsworth Primary School

Emsworth Primary School received Level 1 of the UNICEF UK Rights Respecting School Award (RRSA) in June 2017.

The UNICEF assessor gathered evidence from senior leaders, Governors, staff, parents, pupils and the school environment in an extensive audit.

The school began working towards this Award almost two years ago and it has formed one of the key Improvement Priorities.


The Level 1 Award is granted by UNICEF UK to schools that show good progress towards embedding children’s rights in the school’s policy, practice and ethos.


In simple terms, the Award demonstrates that at the School children’s issues are placed at the centre of everything, and that the School actually lives its values. It’s significant that UNICEF works directly with the School and that there is a high degree of pupil involvement. Indeed, much of the work at the school involved Pupil Governors in keeping their peers updated and also representing their views well.

The School was able to demonstrate good practice in the four aspects of the Award:


Standard A: Rights-respecting values underpin leadership and management. The best interests of the child are a top priority in all actions. Leaders are committed to placing the values and principles of the Convention on the Rights of the Child at the heart of all policies and practice.

Standard B: The whole school community learns about the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. The Convention is made known to children, young people and adults who use this shared understanding to work for global justice and sustainable living.


Standard C: The school has a rights-respecting ethos. Young people and adults collaborate to develop and maintain a rights-respecting school community in all areas and in all aspects of life based on the Convention.

Standard D: Children are empowered to become active citizens and learners. Every child has the right to say what they think in all matters affecting them and to have their views taken seriously. Young people develop their confidence through their experience of an inclusive rights-respecting school community, play an active role in their own learning and speak and act for the rights of all to be respected locally and globally.