To take part in the Rights Respecting School initiative you must first register your school online.

Once registered a school works through three stages:

Recognition of Commitment (ROC)

The first stage is a Recognition of Commitment (ROC) which will be presented to schools that:

  • have a representative steering group composed of adults and pupils to guide, promote and develop the initiative throughout the school
  • have completed their action plan and have it signed off by the headteacher
  • can show they have put in place procedures for monitoring the impact of the initiative
  • have introduced the initiative to the school community – all staff, pupils, governors and parents

Achieving a Recognition of Commitment takes between 3 to 6 months.

Level 1

The RRSA standards set out what a school must do to gain Level 1 accreditation. A school achieving Level 1 has made good progress towards embedding the values and principles of the CRC into its ethos and curriculum. Schools must also be able to show how they plan to fully embed these values and principles as they work towards Level 2.

The school self-evaluates progress and when they believe they have met the standards, an external assessment takes place. Following this, a written report is provided and, where the standards have been met, a certificate is awarded.

Achieving Level 1 takes between 12 to 18 months.

Level 2

The RRSA standards set out what a school must do to gain Level 2 accreditation. A school achieving Level 2 has fully embedded the values and principles of the CRC into its ethos and curriculum.  Schools must also be able to show how they will maintain these rights-based values and principles.

The school self-evaluates progress and when they believe they have met the standards, an external assessment takes place. Following this, a written report is provided and, where the standards have been met, a certificate is awarded.

Achieving Level 2 takes an additional 12 to 18 months.

The Level 2 award is valid for 3 years. Schools are then contacted to apply for re-assessment.

 
Student council meeting in Scotland © UNICEF UK/2009/RRS/Howard Davies
Student Council meeting with RRSA lead teacher at Kirkland High and Community College, Methil, Scotland© UNICEF UK/2009/RRS/Howard Davies

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