Martin Primary School

Rights Respecting School

 Martin Primary School

is very proud to be a

Gold Level

Rights Respecting School.


At Martin Primary School we believe that in order for children to be the best they can be they need to grow up knowing and understanding their rights, as laid down by the United Nations Conventions on the Rights of the Child.  We believe that having this awareness and knowledge ensures that children have respect for themselves, for others and for the world in which they live.  There are 42 rights to which children are entitled; those can be summarised as:

  • the right to be safe
  • the right to be heard
  • the right to be treated fairly
  • the right to be healthy.


We began the journey to becoming a Rights Respecting School in September 2016 and achieved our Bronze Level Award in Spring 2017. We then managed to achieve our Silver Level Award in November 2017. We were delighted to be awarded Gold Level in March 2019. This means that children’s rights are embedded in everything we do at Martin Primary School.


Feedback from our assessment for the Gold Level Award:

 “It was evident that children’s rights are embedded across the school and underpin every facet of school life.  Particular strengths of the school include:

• an outward looking community which is engaged with the wider world, environmental and global issues

•  a very strong focus on diversity and inclusion with particular reference to a cross phase focus on gender equality with regards to women

•   good relationships between pupils and between pupils and staff.”


Caroline Freedman (Community Cohesion Leader) and Shona Glackin, two of our fantastic teachers, lead our Rights Respecting Steering Group which includes children, staff, governors and parents/carers.  The Group meets every term to think about different ways that children's rights can be embedded in the school.  The Group also leads assemblies and coffee mornings.




How we promote rights in Martin Primary School:

  • rights are embedded across the curriculum and are linked to assembly themes
  • children are nominated for Rights Respecting certificates each week
  • children and adults are encouraged to use Rights Respecting language around the school
  • every class has a charter created by the children at the start of the year – this charter displays expectations of both children and adults within the classroom
  • fundraising for UNICEF and involvement in campaigns e.g. The Outright Campaign
  • regular staff training takes place to embed children’s rights across the school


The children and staff have recently written a Rights Respecting Playground Charter which is on display in our playgrounds.  This outlines the rights of every child at the school when they are using the playgrounds and our expectations of behaviour for adults and children.  We are very grateful to the Martin Home School Association for funding the cost of the signs.

To find out more about Rights Respecting Schools please visit:


For a summary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the child, please click here