The UNICEF Rights Respecting Schools Award

We are very proud at Houldsworth Valley Primary Academy to have achieved our silver Rights Respecting award. The RRSA is an award given to a school on behalf of UNICEF, who are the world’s leading organisation working for children and their rights.

The RRSA seeks to put the United Nation’s Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) at the heart of a school’s ethos and culture to improve well- being and develop every child’s talents and abilities.

At Houldsworth Valley children will be learning to understand their own rights and feel empowered about their education. We recognise that rights and responsibilities are equally balanced and will encourage our children to take responsibility for their actions, helping them to respect the rights that every child has.

Achieving Silver: Rights Aware means there is evidence that:

  • Our school is explicitly embedding the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in its policy, practice and culture
  • We are promoting knowledge and understanding of the Convention throughout your school community
  • We are beginning to see the positive impact of these actions on children and young people, staff, and on the school’s ethos, practice and environment
  • Children and young people are beginning to see themselves as rights respecting global citizens and advocates for fairness and children’s rights, both locally and globally.

Our Rights Council

We have a group of children who are the Rights Council. They work hard with staff and Miss Eaton (our RSA Leader) to help us develop as a Rights Respecting School.

How can you help

We welcome support from parents/ carers and the community to help us develop RRSA at Houldsworth Valley Primary Academy.

Questions for discussion at home:

  • What is the difference between a want and a need?
  • How many articles do you know?
  • Do children in different countries have the same rights as you?
  • How do you respect your rights and the rights of others at school and at home?
  • Should all children know about their rights?
  • How can you promote these values at home?

You may hear your children talking about particular articles from the convention including:

  • Article 12 – The right to be heard
  • Article 28 – The right to an education
  • Article 31 – The right to play

You can find more information at

Keep an eye on the school website and Facebook page for updates….

We look forward to you being a part of our Rights Respecting Journey at Houldsworth Valley.