Gold: Rights Respecting FAQs

You can find our frequently asked questions below. If you have any further questions, take a look at our downloadable Gold Checklist, or email the Central Team at

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How long does it take to achieve Gold: Rights Respecting?

Schools tend to take between one to three years from achieving Silver: Rights Aware, but it depends on each school’s circumstances.

What do I do to ensure staff have the right key messages and feel confident to teach about the Convention?

You can use the guidance documents on this website, attend RRSA training courses that we run across the country or invite a RRSA trainer to your school to run staff training.

We also have excellent resources to support teaching, and you can use our Teaching and Learning Toolbox to help you.

Is there an accreditation visit for Gold: Rights Respecting? What is the cost of this?

Yes. Usually two Unicef UK RRSA assessors will visit your school to gather evidence and make a judgment about whether the school has met the criteria across all three RRSA Strands. The cost of the Gold: Rights Respecting accreditation visit varies according to the size of your school. Find out more about the costs of the RRSA.

What happens when I think my school is ready to be accredited at Gold: Rights Respecting?

Have a look at our Gold checklist to check that you are ready. When you have completed all of the actions, send through your documents to your Professional Adviser and arrange to book a date. Find out who your Professional Adviser is here.

What happens on the Gold: Rights Respecting accreditation visit?

Please see the suggested accreditation visit programme for the day, outlining what happens on the accreditation visit. You will be invited to adapt the programme to suit your school day. Find out more about the Gold: Rights Respecting accreditation visit.

How long is the Gold: Rights Respecting accreditation valid for?

The Gold: Rights Respecting accreditation (and the Silver: Rights Aware accreditation) is valid for three years.

What happens when we’ve had the Gold: Rights Respecting accreditation for 3 years?

You can be reaccredited at Gold: Rights Respecting to retain the Award. Read about reaccreditation.