Here are some suggested steps to start working towards Bronze: Rights Committed (you can also download the checklist on this page).
1. Inform the whole school community that the school is working on the RRSA
Including pupils, staff, parents and governors.
Read more about informing your whole school community, including some resources on how to do so, here.
2. Become familiar with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child
Our Myths and Misconceptions about the CRC booklet is also really handy.
The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child also exists in other languages:
- Order a copy of the CRC in Braille here*
- An unofficial collection of the CRC in many different languages can be found here
* Sourced from Children and Young People’s Commissioner Scotland
3. Get your pupil-led Steering Group in place
Read some guidance about setting up the Steering Group.
4a. Measure your starting point
Carry out the pupil questionnaires and staff and governor questionnaires so that you have an overview of the staff and pupils’ current knowledge and understanding of children’s rights and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
If you would like to complete these online with SurveyMonkey, please let your Professional Adviser and firstname.lastname@example.org know so they can set you up.
4b. Complete the School Questionnaire Summary spreadsheet
Use the pupil and staff and governor questionnaire results to do this. Find the School Questionnaire Summary here.
Please note, if you have used our online surveys to conduct your review, you need to request the results from our central team at email@example.com. We understand that, especially in small schools, you may have only a small number of staff completing the survey. In order to ensure that staff feel comfortable giving honest answers, we will not share a full summary of the staff and governor results with the school, but will give some top line figures only.
5. Review your school practice
Review your school practice against the Silver Outcome Descriptors for each of the three RRSA Strands.
“RAG rate” each descriptor and record in the RAG column of the Action Plan for Silver. Find some guidance and the Action Plan for Silver form here.
7. Complete the School Context Data form
The School Context Data form is not required as part of the accreditation process for Bronze: Rights Committed. However, please complete the form with information from the last full academic year if you haven’t already.
Find the School Context Data form here.
8. Contact your Professional Adviser
When you have completed the above steps, email your Professional Adviser.
Within the email:
- Explain how you have informed the whole school community that the school is working on the RRSA
- Confirm that you have an active Steering Group helping to lead your RRSA work
Attach the following documents to your email:
- Action Plan for Silver
- School Questionnaire Summary spreadsheet
- School Context Data form
9. When you have submitted your Bronze documents
Once you have submitted your documents, your Professional Adviser will look through them and let you know if they have any questions.
If everything is in order, your Professional Adviser will award your school at Bronze: Rights Committed. You will be notified of this by an email from your Professional Adviser, followed by an email from the RRSA office which will contain a link to the Bronze: Rights Committed logo. A printed certificate will also be posted to you.
Find out more about what happens after you have been awarded Bronze.