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The Young Human Rights Reporter award celebrates talented young writers reporting on a human rights issue they care about.

Winners 2014

  • Ciara Griffin, Merryhills Primary School in London, for 'Where do I belong?' - Upper Primary category
  • Rosie Young, Fortrose Acadamy in Inverness, for 'The best days of your life?' - Lower Secondary
  • Alice Reynolds, The Royal School Haslemere in Surrey, for 'Fishermen or forced labourers?' - Upper Secondary
  • Ele Saltmarsh, The Woodroffe School in Dorset, for 'Torching the tribes' - Further Education

Shortlist 2014

Primary Schools

Hala Abughazza, Merryhills Primary School
Sasha Carter, St Cedd's School
Ciara Griffin, Merryhills Primary School
Callum Groom, St John's and St Clement's Primary
Jonathan Knibbs, Bablake Junior School
Maya Patel, St Cedd's School
Sharanya Roy, Knaphill School
Jaydeep Senghera, Bablake Junior School
Harry  Vasudeva, Rhodes Avenue Primary School
Max Weston, Rhodes Avenue Primary School

Lower Secondary  

Elizabeth Atherton, Yarm School    
Bronwen Davies, Fortrose Academy
Matthew Elliot, Fortrose Academy
Katie Gray, Fortrose Academy
Matthwew Lawrence, Oakwood Park Grammar School
Christina McCambridge, St Killian's College
Grace McSorley, Drumragh Integrated College
Toye Oladinni, Wilson's School
Aidan Tulloch, Thirsk School
Rosie Young, Fortrose Academy

Upper Secondary        

Amy Ford, Brine Leas School
Daniella Cugini, King's High School
Catriona Hagan, Rathmore Grammar School
Francesca Johnson, Tunbridge Wells Girls' Grammar School
Deeya Kotecha, Withington Girls' School
Ashani Lewis, Tiffin Girls' School
Tara Okeke, City of London School for Girls
Alice Reynolds, The Royal School Haslemere
Julia Routledge, Sherborne Girls
Fenella Sentance, Royal Latin School

Further Education

Natascha Allen-Smith, King's High School
Daniel Deaville, Westwood College
Rachel Jacobs, Darrick Wood Secondary School
Alexander Johnstone, Reading School
Rhea Livesey, Woodfarm High School
Claire Morrison, Woodfarm High School
Matthew Parkes, Branston Community Academy
Miriam Quinn, Sir John Lawes School
Richenda Rae, Larbert High School Amnesty Group
Ele Saltmarsh, The Woodroffe School

In partnership with



The Guardian Teacher Network and SecEd


Teaching resources

This award can be an inspiring project for English teachers looking to promote writing skills. It's also great for Humanities, Citizenship, RE and Social Studies learning at both primary and secondary levels: writing an article for submission can strengthen understanding of human rights among pupils and promote global learning. It's also a great exercise for youth groups.

Researching and writing an article for submission can develop skills and knowledge including: literacy, writing to persuade, critical thinking and research.

If you're planning a lesson or group meeting around this competition, the lesson plan below is appropriate for primary and secondary students and includes resources and films that are differentiated by age group.