Rights Respecting Schools Award



Rights Respecting School Award


A Rights Respecting School is a community where children’s rights are

  • Learned,
  • Taught,
  • Practised,
  • Respected,
  • Protected,
  • Promoted.

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 and is based on the principles of Equality, Dignity, Respect, Nondiscrimination and Participation. There are 3 stages to the award


1.   Record of Commitment (ROC)

2.   Level 1

3.   Level 2



Over the last year, Penicuik High School has undertaken the initial steps to becoming a Rights Respecting School. On 27th April 2016, we were awarded the Record of Commitment which is the first stage of the award.


The steering group of senior pupils have worked together to achieve this first step by successfully completing the following success criteria for the ROC;

  1. Set up a steering group of young people and adults to lead and monitor the progress of the award
  2. Carry out a baseline audit and complete a Level 1 Audit and Action Plan informed by that audit.
  3. Inform parents and governors/parent council about the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) and the Award
  4. Include the Rights Respecting Schools Award (RRSA) in the school’s strategic planning
  5. Plan opportunities for pupils to learn about the Convention and its importance to the well-being of children and young people locally and globally.


Next Steps:


Our aim over the coming year is to achieve Level 1 of the award by putting our Action Plan into practise. However, we can’t do it alone, we need the help of all pupils, staff, parents and any other members of the School community to ensure our success.


Our aim is to make Penicuik High School a place where children’s rights are recognised and respected by all.


Watch this space for updates on our progress. For further information, please feel free to speak to any ambassador of our pupil focus group or our strategic ambassador, Mrs Forbes.