We are evolving

Bringing you a stronger, streamlined Award this academic year.

We’ve been working hard this year to make the Rights Respecting Schools Award better than ever.

We are working with over 4500 schools and up to 1.5 million children. Over 600 awards have been made to schools so far across the whole of the UK this year, and we have an unprecedented number of assessments already booked in for the autumn term. In Scotland over 50% of schools are now Rights Respecting and the Award is gaining increasing recognition by politicians, inspection regimens and other organisations.

Your school is part of something big and together we are making a real difference for children and young people.

During the 2017 and 2018 academic year we are going to strengthen and streamline our programme model, building on the very best practice which we have seen in schools just like yours.

After a review by the Judge Business School at The University of Cambridge we developed a stronger programme model that will help schools make faster progress.

We know you have a lot to do, so we are rationalising our documentation, requiring less, and will focus more on outcomes for children and young people rather than requiring specific processes and actions which we hope will make the Award more flexible to the context of a school.

Following consultation with children and adults we are going to rename our levels to:

We are also launching a new digital training platform to help registered schools reach their Recognition of Commitment (RoC) in seven weeks.

What’s next?

  • August to December 2017 – you will see more of the language around the new levels and outcomes appear on our website and documentation.
  • September to December 2017 – we will retain the current accreditation titles until the new year, so if you successfully complete and assessment during this period we will award a RoC, Level 1 or Level 2.
  • January 2018 – you will be able to move to the next stage of the Award using the existing scheme with the familiar criteria and paperwork, but your certificate will have the new name – Gold, Silver or Bronze.
  • January 2018 – The evolved criteria for assessment focusing on outcomes will be available from January. You may have seen our Theory of Change, new questionnaires and the Questionnaire Summary Spreadsheet already.

The further you progress through the Award the bigger the difference you make for children and young people in your school.