Rights Respecting Schools Award

Unicef UK provides support and guidance for the Rights Respecting Schools Award (RRSA). The RRSA seeks to put a children’s rights approach at the heart of a school’s culture and ethos to help all children realise their potential.

After 16 years as a headteacher...I cannot think of anything else we have introduced that has had such an impact. Headteacher in RRSA school.

The RRSA initiative started in 2006 and over 3,300 primary, secondary and special schools in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland are currently working towards the award.

Join them on their Rights Respecting journey and register for RRSA today.

Join the World’s Largest Lesson on new Sustainable Development Goals

In September 2015 the UN will announce the “Sustainable Development Goals” - a set of goals for the world that aim to make our planet fair, healthy and sustainable by 2030. When the goals are announced, the World’s Largest Lesson will take place and teachers across the world are invited to submit lessons plan ideas for this moment. This exciting competition by TES with Unicef closes on 17 April.  We hope Rights Respecting Schools will join the competition and highlight how children’s rights underpin work on global citizenship and sustainability.  

Find out more here: www.tes.co.uk/worldslargestlesson, and share with other schools by sending the website link or retweeting this message.

Teaching resources

There is a wide range of Unicef UK teaching resources developed within a framework of child rights, which will support schools to work towards the RRSA and teach pupils about children's rights. They support all ages and a range of curriculum areas. You can buy these or download many for free.

School fundraising

For more than 20 years, schools across the UK have held an annual Day for Change, learning about and raising money for children around the world.

In exchange for making a change for that day – for instance, wearing fancy dress, a sponsored water walk, or a cake sale – parents, children and teachers make a donation to improve education and health for children.

Outright event

Outright was an exciting new programme of activities run by Unicef UK for Rights Respecting Schools. It took place around 20 November 2014 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Watch 'We've all got rights' video by Crosby High School

Unicef UK Swinton Primary School © Unicef UK/14/Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert
Pupils at Rights Respecting Swinton Primary School in Glasgow© Unicef UK/14/Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert