We are a Rights Respecting School!

At Heathfield Primary School, we are committed to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC).  

We learn about rights and implement them using our Gold Standard - SAFETY, RESPECT AND LEARNING. At Heathfield we thrive to enrich children's experience and work towards making them brilliant citizens. 


What is the RRSA?

The letters RRSA represent 'Rights Respecting School Award'. The award is given by UNICEF to a school for recognising the 'rights' of a child. There are 3 awards, they are:


Bronze - Being Rights Committed.

Silver - Being Rights Aware.

Gold - Being Rights Respecting.

July 2019

Heathfield has been awarded the Silver Award and is working towards Gold Award.


Heathfield has already been awarded the Bronze Award and is working towards the Silver Award. 

July 2017

Building on the success of our Investors in Pupils, Heathfield Primary School have decided to pursue the Unicef Rights Respecting School Award. A Unicef UK Rights Respecting School is a community where children’s rights are learned, taught, practised, respected, protected and promoted. Children and the school community learn about children’s rights by putting them into practice every day. The Award is not just about what children do but also importantly what adults do – in Rights Respecting Schools, children's rights are promoted and realised and adults and children work towards this together.

The first step is the Recognition of Commitment- Bronze, where Heathfield Primary School will demonstrate that we have a plan in place to become rights-respecting and that children and adults are committed to working together to develop a whole-school rights respecting approach.

The school will also ensure the right foundations are in place so that upon completion of the Recognition of Commitment Award, Heathfield Primary School can seamlessly begin to work towards obtaining the Unicef UK Rights Respecting School Bronze  Award.


All about RRS

UNICEF UK’s Rights Respecting Schools initiative helps a school community to use the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) to help develop a clear set of values that are used by pupils.



Linked events to Rights

World Habitat Day

Date: 1 Oct
What is it: The day is intended as an opportunity to reflect on the state of our towns and cities and the basic right of all to adequate shelter. It is also intended to remind the world of its collective responsibility for the future of the human habitat.
Rights Link: Article 27: Adequate standard of living; Article 26: Social security


Black History Month

Date: 1 – 31 Oct
What is it: Black History Month, also known as African-American History Month in America, is an annual observance in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom for remembrance of important people and events in the history of the African diaspora.
Rights Link: Article 30: Children from minority or indigenous groups


International Day of Non-Violence

Date: 2 Oct
What is it: Established by the United Nations, the International Day of Non-Violence is held on the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, leader of the Indian independence movement and pioneer of the philosophy and strategy of non-violence. The Day is an occasion to ‘disseminate the message of non-violence, including through education and public awareness’.
Rights Link: Article 19: Protection from violence, abuse and neglect

World Teachers Day

Date: 5 Oct
What is it: The day was established by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Its aim is to mobilise support for teachers and to ensure that the needs of future generations will continue to be met by teachers.
Rights Link: Article 29: Goals of education

World Mental Health Day

Date: 10 Oct
What is it: The World Health Organisation recognises World Mental Health Day on 10 October every year. This year’s theme set by the World Federation for Mental Health is psychological first aid and the support people can provide to those in distress.
Rights Link: Article 24: Health and health services; Article 25: Review of treatment in care

International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction

Date: 13 Oct
What is it: Day aims to to raise awareness about what we can all do to reduce our risk of disasters from earthquakes, floods, hurricanes and tornadoes.
Rights Link: Article 27: Adequate standard of living

World Food Day

Date: 16 Oct
What is it: World Food Day is a day of action against hunger because when it comes to hunger, the only acceptable number in the world is zero. World Food Day celebrates the creation of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) on October 16, 1945 in Quebec, Canada.
Rights Link: Article 6: Life, survival and development; Article 24: Health and health services

International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

Date: 17 Oct
What is it: This day aims to promote awareness of the need to eradicate poverty and destitution in all countries, particularly in developing countries – a need that has become a development priority.
Rights Link: Article 26: Social security

Anti-Slavery Day

Date: 18 Oct
What is it: Modern-day slavery as child trafficking, forced labour, domestic servitude and trafficking for sexual exploitation.
Rights Link: Article 35: Abduction, sale and trafficking

United Nations Day

Date: 24 Oct
What is it: United Nations Day is devoted to highlighting the aims and achievements of the United Nations.
Rights Link: Article 4: Implementation of the Convention

At Heathfield we promote the culture of pupil voice. Children have decided as a class, which rights  are important to them and created a Class Charter.