Working towards Gold: Rights Respecting
To progress towards Gold: Rights Respecting, your school will need to build upon what you have achieved at Silver: Rights Aware but the efforts to embed child rights in the school will be deeper and wider so that the values and principles of the Convention on the Rights of the Child are fully embedded into the whole school’s practice.
Here are some suggested steps to start working towards Gold: Rights Respecting (you can also download the checklist on this page):
1. Celebrate achieving Silver: Rights Aware
Inform the whole school community. You can display your Silver: Rights Aware logo and certificate, 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.
2. Review your Steering Group
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.
3. Ensure the Award is an ongoing item of staff, council and governor meetings
4. Plan your RRSA journey to Gold with your Steering Group
Prioritise your actions using the Action Plan for Gold, taking into account recommendations from your Silver assessment report.
5. Identify evidence to meet the Gold Strand and Outcome Descriptors
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.
You can find out how to create rights focused charters, classrooms and lesson plans here.
6. Measure your impact
Carry out the pupil questionnaires and adult 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.
7. Complete the School Questionnaire Summary spreadsheet
Use the pupil and staff questionnaire results to do this. Find the School Questionnaire Summary here.
8. Complete the School Evaluation: Gold form
To be completed by senior leaders.
Use any information available to you e.g. feedback from student questionnaires, reports from your school inspection body (Estyn, Ofsted etc), comments from parents and evidence from your progress data collection (on attainment, attendance and behaviour).
Find the School Evaluation: Gold form here.
9. Consult with staff and pupils and contact your Professional Advisor to organise a date for your Gold: Rights Respecting accreditation visit
Submit the following documents to your Professional Adviser:
- School Questionnaire Summary spreadsheet
- School Evaluation: Gold
Please give your Professional Adviser plenty of notice – certain times of the year can be very busy, especially the summer term. Find out who your Professional Adviser is here.
10. Raise an invoice
11. Prepare a programme for the Gold accreditation visit
Find the accreditation visit programme template here.
Send this to your Professional Adviser at least a week ahead of the day.
The Gold: Rights Respecting accreditation is valid for 3 years.
Find out more about what happens on the Gold: Rights Respecting accreditation visit.