IRIS Learning Trust was formed in June 2018 and is based in the North East of England. We are proud to serve our communities and aim to offer outstanding educational provision.
The Trust believes that to be successful and promote a culture of excellence and aspiration, we need to place improving the lives and outcomes of children at the heart of everything we do.


create a culture of high expectation and commitment to success


through our daily work secure excellent academies for our local communities

grow and learn together

work with children and families to create great places of learning for all

IRIS Learning Trust

Corporation Road





Fordfield Road, Sunderland, Tyne And Wear, SR4 0DA

01915 537655

Highfield Academy

Rights respecting school award 




Franklin’s Right to Remember

April– May 2019

This half term, we will be focussing on...


Franklin’s Right to Remember

February – April 2019

This half term, we will be focussing on…


Franklin says Respect!

We had a competition across the school to find a mascot for our Rights Respecting work. Everyone had the chance to design a mascot and say why they felt their mascot would represent the convention of the rights of the child.

Our school council judged the competition. They found it very difficult to choose a winner as some of the designs were exceptional! Finally they agreed on one winner.

Jamie Leigh in Year 4 designed Franklin the Rights Respecting Tiger. If you come into school you will see him around promoting the rights of all children here at Highfield.



The Start of our Journey

In October 2018, we started our work towards achieving our Rights Respecting Schools Award.   

We all completed questionnaires to say what we knew about our rights and how they were promoted in school.

We then completed some activities about ‘Wants and Needs’ which helped us to understand the things we need in life to survive. Although we love our tablets and mobile phones we know they are a luxury!




The Rights Respecting Schools Award puts children’s rights at the heart of schools in the UK.

Unicef works with schools in the UK to create safe and inspiring places to learn, where children are respected, their talents are nurtured and they are able to thrive. Our Rights Respecting Schools Award embeds these values in daily school life and gives children the best chance to lead happy, healthy lives and to be responsible, active citizens.

Using the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) as our guide, we are working with more UK schools than almost any other organisation. Over 1.6 million children in the UK go to a Rights Respecting School and nearly 5,000 schools up and down the country are working through the Award. Schools work with us on a journey to become fully Rights Respecting.


The Award recognises a school’s achievement in putting the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child into practice within the school and beyond.

There are four key areas of impact for children at a Rights Respecting school; wellbeing, participation, relationships and self-esteem. The difference that a Rights Respecting School makes goes beyond the school gates, making a positive impact on the whole community.

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This means we have started the journey together to ensure our school is part of this international network that create safe and inspiring places to learn, where children are respected, their talents are nurtured and they are able to thrive.

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