Rights Respecting Schools
What is the Rights Respecting Schools Award?
The Unicef UK Rights Respecting Schools Award (RRSA) supports schools across the UK to embed children’s human rights in their ethos and culture. The award recognises achievement in putting the UN Convention on the Right of the Child (UNCRC) at the heart of a school’s practice to improve well-being and help all children realise their potential.
The award is based on principles of equality, dignity, respect, non-discrimination and participation. The initiative started in 2006 and schools involved in the Award have reported a positive impact on relationships and well-being, leading to better learning and behaviour, improved academic standards and less bullying.
What does the Award involve?
Schools involved in the Rights Respecting Schools Award work towards recognition that they have embedded children’s rights in their school’s practice and ethos. Schools are required to implement four evidence-based standards that cover the leadership of the school, knowledge and understanding of children’s rights, ethos and relationships and the empowerment of children.
There are three levels to the Award:
The journey to Level 2, the highest award granted by Unicef UK, can take three to four years and we are currently working towards this award at Coopers Lane.
The Level 2 Rights Respecting Schools Award is the highest level of the Award. It is granted by Unicef UK to schools that have fully embedded children’s rights throughout the school in its policies, practice and ethos, as outlined in the four standards.
Achieving Level 2 means there is evidence that you have met the Level 2 Expected Outcomes and that:
1 The school has explicitly adopted a child rights approach based on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC or CRC) and has embedded it in school policy, practice and culture
2 Children and adults in the school have a thorough understanding of child rights, and rights-respecting attitudes and language are embedded across the school
3 RRSA has had a positive impact on children’s learning and wellbeing
4 Students see themselves as rights-respecting global citizens and are advocates for social justice, fairness and children’s rights at home and abroad