Longniddry Primary School has become the only primary school in East Lothian to hold Gold Right Respecting Schools status.
There only 394 ‘gold’ schools in the UK. I am delighted that Longniddry Primary School is amongst them. - Fiona Robertson
The award recognises the school’s work embedding children’s rights in its policy, practices and culture.
Rights Respecting Schools is a Unicef UK initiative. There are three levels of award, with Gold being the highest accolade. To achieve gold standard, schools must demonstrate their adoption of an approach based on the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. Children’s rights should be understood and implemented across the school community, with pupils aware of rights-respecting attitudes and language. Pupils are also encouraged to see themselves as global citizens and ambassadors for others’ rights.
Assessors from UNICEF UK visited Longniddry Primary School to meet with staff and pupils, review policies and evaluate the school’s work in this area.
Head of Education Fiona Robertson said: “This is great news for Longniddry Primary School and for all of our schools currently working towards gold status. A Rights Respecting School helps pupils to understand and accept difference and diversity, and to consider the world around them. All of our schools work to involve pupils in decision-making and encourage them to grow as active and respectful citizens. Undertaking UNICEF UK’s programme formalises the school’s commitment to embedding this activity in everything they do.
“There only 394 ‘gold’ schools in the UK. I am delighted that Longniddry Primary School is amongst them, and is leading the way for East Lothian.”
Longniddry Primary School Headteacher Sheona Skinner said: “We are very proud to have achieved our Gold Right Respecting Schools status. Our children, staff and school community have been amazing and supported us on our journey to gold. My special thanks go to Mrs MacFadyen for all her hard work, commitment and efforts.”