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On this section of the website, you can find out what it entails to become a Rights Respecting School. This section offers you all the information you need to implement the Award. It explains how to get started and provides guidance for each stage of the Award: the Recognition of Commitment (ROC), Level 1 and Level 2. You can also read about what an assessment involves, how to get re-accredited at Level 2 if you’ve had the award for more than 3 years and how to take action for children’s rights with Unicef UK.

We recommend that before registering for the RRSA you take a few moments to read the following advice to make sure that your school is in the best possible position to begin its right-respecting journey.

If you have any queries, or would like further advice and support, please do not hesitate to get in touch with the RRSA Team at rrrsa@unicef.org.uk

Preparing to begin your Rights Respecting Journey:

Becoming a rights respecting schools is about more than achieving specific criteria, it is about embedding a child rights approach into all aspects of school life. There are two conditions that we believe underpin RRSA success: having the commitment needed to become a right-respecting school and the resources in place to support this commitment:

Commitment:

We know from experience that for a school to be successful with the RRSA, the whole school community, staff and pupils, parents and governors need be on board and supportive of the school’s ambitions. Becoming a rights-respecting school involves re-evaluating the school’s ethos and practices to make sure they embed the principles of the United Nation’s Convention on the Rights of the Child. It is therefore vital that the whole school community, and especially the Headteacher and Senior Leadership Team, are committed to the school’s participation in the RRSA. This includes providing support to the RRSA Lead and making sure they have both the time and resources to implement right-respecting practices, including attending RRSA training and then re-delivering this training to other staff.

Resources:

Alongside commitment, we know from experience that those schools that are most successful in their rights respecting journeys are the ones where staff are able to make sure of our guidance effectively, attend our training courses and make use of our wide range of Unicef UK teaching resources. While we are pleased to offer multiple free online resources to support schools with the Award, alongside consultation from our Unicef UK Professional Advisors, we have to charge for RRSA registration, our training courses and several of our teaching resources. It is therefore important that, before registering, your school considers the human and financial resources involved in participating in the Award. Please see ‘How much does the Rights Respecting School’s Award Cost’ for more information.

We also recommend that before registering for the Award you take the time to familiarise yourself the main aspects of the RRSA. In particular, take a look at The Four Standards of the RRSA and The Rights Respecting Journey. You may also find it helpful to read The Quick Guide to the RRSA and familiarise yourself with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child – the principles at the centre of the RRSA.

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