Rights Respecting Schools


Rights Respecters Session 2021-22

Roseburn Primary is a Silver Rights Aware School.

Roseburn Primary School is a ‘Rights Respecting School’. This means we are committed to ensuring that pupils understand their rights, receive their rights and know how to campaign for their own rights and the rights of others.

All children under the age of 18 are ‘Rights Holders’. Their rights are found in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Duty bearerarthe adults who arresponsible for ensuring children receive their rights. This includes parents and care-givers, the government and those who are employed by the government (teachers, police, health care workers etc.). All adults associated with our school arduty bearers.

Our Rights Respecting School work is led by a ‘Steering Group’ our Rights Respecting Team. This is made up of one pupil from each class, and adults in the school.

For session 2021-22, the Rights Respecters have identified articles that link to our Learning for Sustainability themes for each term .  The  Article of the Week is  linked to our learning on Building Resilience themes, Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and SHANARRI (wellbeing themes), as well as the current learning the children experience in school in Health & Well Being. The article of the week is displayed in school, our website, tweeted and is a feature in the HT Catch Ups, assemblies  and Updates.  In class the children learn about the Right Of the Week through activities and discussions, based on the ROTW power points. Our Three year overview can be viewed here.

This session 2021-22 the Rights Respecters have updated our School Charter, Playground Charter and Dining Hall Charter in collaboration with their classes, school community and catering staff. They can be viewed here.

The A, B,C,D,E of Rights

Rights are for all children and young people throughout the world (universal), are there at birth (inherent), cannot be taken away (inalienable), do not come with any conditions attached to them (unconditional) and are all equally important (indivisible). At Roseburn we believe is important that we understand the meaning of these words (within the context of their age and ability).

‘The ABCDE of Children’s rights’ is one way that can help children learn about the nature of rights. The Rights Respecters Created these posters and a video for an assembly and to explain and help us understand the concepts of rights being universal, inherent, inalienable, unconditional and indivisible.

Please read our Silver Rights Respecting Schools Accreditation May 2021 here.

Scotland has passed a new law called The UNCRC Incorporation (Scotland) Act. This law protects every child’s rights. ​

Get help with your Rights at https://cypcs.org.uk/get-help/young-people/feeling-able-to-contact-us/

Here are some resources to help teach children about their rights under this new law.

Scottish Children’s Parliament video explaining children’s rights (P4 to P7)

A poem in Scots specially commissioned to mark this new law to protect children’s rights

Children’s Parliament

UNICEF Children’s Rights

Children’s virtual Party Bag of activities to celebrate the new law

As part of our school’s vision and values we are working towards recognition as a Gold Rights Respecting School. This is an award which is given to schools on behalf of UNICEF. 

By exploring the ‘Rights Respecting School’ award (RRSA) we hope to help our pupils to grow into confident, caring and responsible young citizens both in school and within the wider community. Through learning about what their rights are, and joining various Pupil Leadership groups, your children will also learn how to respect those rights.

Our pupils are encouraged to reflect on how their behaviour and actions affect those around them through our Restorative Approaches, which allows us to build and maintain a positive and safe learning environment for all, both in the classroom and around the school.  We have been doing this in class, in assemblies and through focus weeks such as Anti-Bullying Week, and focus moths like Black History month. Remember to follow us on Twitter (@RoseburnPS) to see what kinds of things we get up to!

We really hope that you will feel able to support us and your child in working towards our goal of being a Gold  Rights Respecting School. We’d love for you to become involved.

If you would like more information about the work of UNICEF or a Rights Respecting School then please visit: www.unicef.org.uk/rrsa.


Our Roseburn Playground Charter

This was created by the Rights Respecters in December 2019. They shared this at assembly, with their classes, and the school community and asked for feedback.

Feedback was positive and all agreed to use it.


Our Rights Respecters have worked hard to make Roseburn aware of children’s rights. They have raised awareness with the children; to develop their own class room charters. The Rights Respecters created a Roseburn Playground Charter last term. They introduced the Charter yesterday. The Rights Respecters hope this will help everyone reduce disagreements at break and lunchtime, and offer everyone a much happier and more sociable experience.

Creating a charter helps to make the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) more prominent and relevant. A charter not only provides an opportunity to learn about specific articles from the CRC, but helps to establish and build shared values and relationships for creating a rights respecting ethos.

Charter Guidance


Rights Respecting Team 2020-21

Rights Respecters

Slide show on articles of the week for Term 1 August to October 2020

What is being a Rights Respecting School?

Children and young people can raise their achievement at school and improve the quality of their own and their families’ lives if they learn exactly what their rights and responsibilities are according to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and how to use this understanding as a guide to living.

Children and young people will know how to go about making informed decisions and become confident, active citizens if this rights / responsibilities guide to living is introduced at an early age and is reinforced throughout school life.

UNICEF’s Rights Respecting School Award is an effective way of inspiring and supporting schools who want to provide children and young people with a rights-respecting guide to living.

Helping You Understand

UNCRC – United Nations Convention on the Rights of a Child

RRS – Rights Respecting School

RRSA – Rights Respecting School Award

UNICEF – United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund

The Articles

The UN Convention on the Rights of a Child outlines 45 Articles that cover a wide spectrum of rights. Ranging from the right to have a name (Article 8) through to the right of a refugee child (Article 22).

At Roseburn Primary School children will be informed of  all their rights, and where appropriate studies of these rights will take place either at a school-wide, or class, level.

For Your Information

To help you understand a little more about Rights Respecting Schools we have included some helpful video clips. We hope you find them helpful.

Rights Respecting Schools

Bronze Rights Committed


The Rights of the Month for session 2018-19

Guide to Black Lives Matter

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