Pupils at Bo’ness Public Primary School put a VIP guest on the spot about children’s rights when he paid them a visit recently.
Tam Baillie, Scotland’s Commissioner for Children and Young People was impressed by the questions he received from the youngsters when invited to speak at the school.
He said: “It was a great visit. I spent a whole morning there and was impressed by the searching questions from the youngsters on their rights.
‘‘I was impressed by their knowledge and by the school for encouraging and nurturing these young people.
“The school starts instilling these values at a very young age.
“I even got grilled by the nursery pupils!
“I believe the school is working towards its Rights Respecting Schools Award which is lovely to see.”
The Rights Respecting Schools Award (RRSA) recognises achievement in putting the United Nations Convention on the rights of the child at the heart of a school’s planning, policies, practice and ethos.
Bo’ness Public School headteacher Gillian Genoe said: “Tam expressed an interest in visiting the school to see the work here in promoting children’s rights.
“His visit was a follow-up to a nursery display on children’s rights held earlier in the year.’’
She added: “The children are all very well informed about their rights and about how the children’s commissioner can support them.”
During his visit to Bo’ness, Tam, along with Falkirk Council Provost Pat Reid, met pupils taking part in the schools Max in the Middle health and wellbeing project.
Tam said: “This is another example of the good work being done by the school.’’