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Achieving the Recognition of Commitment

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The Recognition of Commitment (ROC), is the first stage of the Rights Respecting Schools Award (RRSA). It is primarily a planning stage, at the end of which you will supply documented evidence of your school’s commitment and how you intend to become rights-respecting.

We estimate it takes a school between 3-6 months to achieve its ROC.

Before starting to work towards your ROC, please make sure you have visited the Getting Started page and have registered your school with us.

The ROC is about introducing you to the Four Standards of the RRSA and ensuring that:

  • your school’s senior leadership team (SLT) understands what is involved and is committed to embarking on the Unicef UK rights-respecting journey
  • the right foundations are in place for your school’s journey to Level 1

Find out about the steps you need to take to achieve the Recognition of Commitment. We also have a specially designed training course – Starting RRSA Part 1 – to help newly registered schools achieve their Recognition of Commitment.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are there resources to help me?

Yes, please see the RRSA Welcome Pack you were sent when you registered with us. This Welcome Pack contains lots of guidance and resources to help you achieve your ROC.

We have also developed a range of teaching resources to help you in your RRSA work. Schools find our Starter Packs particularly useful at this stage.

Is there an assessment visit for the Recognition of Commitment

No, there is no assessment visit by Unicef UK for the ROC. You just need to email a number of documents to your Professional Advisor (see Applying for your ROC) who will then look at them and evaluate whether you have taken the necessary steps to be awarded your ROC.

How can I contact my Unicef UK Professional Advisor

Contact details of your Professional Advisor can be found in the email you received from us confirming your registration or on our contact page.

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