The Gold: Rights Respecting Accreditation Visit

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The Gold: Rights Respecting accreditation visits are generally carried out by two Unicef UK assessors who will look at the whole school’s rights respecting work.

The Gold accreditation visit

On the accreditation visit, the assessors will have meetings with:

  • The headteacher and senior leaders to discuss their role in achieving the three RRSA Strands
  • Staff, governors and parents
  • Groups of students

They will take a tour of the school and look at the evidence showing how the Strands and Outcomes have been met. At the end of the accreditation visit, they will feedback to the headteacher and members of the senior leadership team.

Have a look at our suggested suggested accreditation visit programme. Your Professional Adviser will ask you to adapt it to suit your school day and add times. The accreditation visit usually takes 3 to 4 hours. If possible, please allocate a room for the assessors for the day where they can have a base to look through the evidence.

Please send your accreditation visit programme to your Professional Adviser a week ahead of the day.



During the accreditation visit, the RRSA assessors will gather evidence. However, the decision about whether your school has met the RRSA Strands and Outcomes at Gold is made by the RRSA Accreditation and Standards Committee (ASC).

This committee includes the RRSA Programme Director, a Unicef UK Professional Adviser, senior leaders from primary and secondary schools and a Unicef UK RRSA assessor.

The evidence that the RRSA assessors gather is based on the expected outcomes at Gold, and is presented to the ASC in a report. This process takes several weeks and ensures the consistency of the Award across the UK.

Your Professional Adviser will let you know the outcome as soon as the decision has been made.


Find out more about what happens after your Gold: Rights Respecting accreditation visit.

Suggested Accreditation Visit Programme


Gold checklist