Rights Respecting School

We are delighted to announce the following exciting news:


The Rights Respecting Schools Award supports schools to embed the UNCRC into their everyday practice and ethos.

We relaunched our work on this at the beginning of last session and have been learning about the rights, through the rights and for the rights across all areas of our curriculum.

This ensures our pupils are aware of their rights and how duty bearers (adults) help them to access these rights.

Our hard work has now been recognised by UNICEF following a virtual school visit earlier this week and we are delighted to announce that we have been awarded our SILVER Rights Respecting School Award!

You can read our Silver Accreditation Report from the Rights Respecting Schools Association here:


While this has been a collective effort involving all of our pupils, their families and our staff, extra special thanks must go to Mrs Macdonald for all of her hard work in leading the Burgh through this process and making this vision a wonderful reality.

We look forward to continuing and building on our work in school and with our wider school community.




We are becoming a Unicef UK Rights Respecting School!Musselburgh Burgh Primary School aims to be a school where children’s rights are at the heart of our ethos and culture, to improve well-being and to develop every child’s talents and abilities to their full potential.  As part of this plan we are working towards recognition as a ‘Rights Respecting School’, an award given to schools on behalf of Unicef UK.

Unicef is the world’s leading organisation working for children and young people and their rights. In 1989, governments across the world agreed that all children have the same rights by adopting the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). These rights are based on what a child needs to survive, grow, participate and fulfil their potential.

Pupils will learn about their rights by putting them into practice every day. A Rights Respecting School models rights and respect in all its relationships. We have been completing lots of work in class and have started the New Year by introducing a right of the month in assembly.

We really hope that you will be able to support our school on our journey towards becoming a Unicef UK Rights Respecting School. You can find a bit more about the Convention on the Rights of the Child by visiting unicef.org.uk/crc.

For further information about Rights Respecting Schools please visit:  www.unicef.org.uk/rrsa


Many thanks

Emily Macdonald

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Connecting Classrooms Update

We have been busy working alongside our friends from Golden Dove Primary School.

Here are some of the things we have been doing:

  • Two of our 2020/21 Pupil Council members made this <<video>> of our school. We then shared it with our Ugandan link school – Golden Dove Junior School. They then shared some <<photos>> of their school garden and the children tending to it. We had to Google what some of the vegetables were!

  • We have been learning how to build our resilience using the ‘Building Resilience’ whole school program. Our 2020/21 Pupil Council interviewed our Ugandan link school’s Head Teacher, Aisha Matovu, about what lockdown was like for her and how she demonstrated resilience throughout it. The Ugandan schools have largely been closed for 2021 and are still closed as of December 2021. You can view part of this interview <<HERE>>

  • Golden Dove Junior School in Ugandan sent us some letters describing their experience of lockdown. They’re so interesting as their lack of access to the internet has made their educational experience extremely different to ours. Please do have a read of them HERE. Our wonderful P5/6 class then replied trying to show empathy and awareness and sharing some of their personal experiences.
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Did your pre-schooler miss their flu vaccine this year?

Did your pre-schooler miss their flu vaccine this year?

Pop in and see us on Weds 15th Dec from 13:00-15:30 at East Lothian Community Hospital or on Fri 17 Dec from 09:00 – 15:30 at Musselburgh East Community Learning Centre (Haddington Rd, EH21 8JJ )

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