These are the steps we recommend you take towards Gold: Rights Respecting.
We appreciate each school is different and our Professional Advisers will take your school context into account. The Gold: Rights Respecting accreditation is valid for three years.
Inform the whole school community. You can display your Silver: Rights Aware banner, certificate and logo, hold an event or assembly, and send out a letter to parents and guardians to let them know. Think about sharing your report with your Local Authority and other external partners. Here is a press release template, which you may find useful.
Are you effectively embedding rights across the school and into the community? The Steering Group should know that the Gold Strand and Outcome Descriptors are different from the Silver Strand and Outcome Descriptors.
Read more about Outcome Descriptors at Gold here.
Gather information about how the Convention is taught and learnt in lessons and assemblies so that you have an overview of the learning that is taking place and its impact.
Evidence might include planning, policies, pupils’ work and assemblies so that you have an overview of the learning that is taking place and its impact. Keep the Gold Outcome Descriptors in mind. Begin to compile your evidence portfolio required for your Gold visit. For more information and to download the PowerPoint template, visit the website here.
You might find it useful to carry out the pupil questionnaires and staff 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.
You might find it helpful to transfer the data to the Schools Questionnaire Summary spreadsheet.
Measuring your progress using our pupil and staff questionnaires can be invaluable in showing you the impact that embedding children’s rights is having. It can also be used within the evidence that you present at Gold. This is no longer a requirement, but you may wish to complete these if you have previously.
Find the pupil and staff questionnaires and the Schools Questionnaire Summary spreadsheet on the Gold Forms and Guides section.
Complete the School Evaluation: Gold form to check you are ready for your accreditation visit. Identify:
- How has the outcome been achieved?
- What difference has been made?
- What evidence do you have?
The form is to be completed by senior leaders. You may include feedback from staff and pupil questionnaires, reports from your school inspection body, comments from parents, etc.
Find the School Evaluation Gold form here.
Once you have done this you are ready for the Gold: Rights Respecting Accreditation visit. Complete the Gold Accreditation Booking Form and send to your Professional Advisor.