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):

Gold Checklist

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1. Celebrate achieving Silver: Rights Aware

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.

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.

Read more about Outcome Descriptors at Gold here.

3. Ensure the Award is an ongoing item of staff, council and governor meetings

Adults should know that the Strands and Outcome Descriptors at Gold are different from the Strands and Outcome Descriptors at Silver. How are you going to deepen what it means to teach and learn ABOUT rights, THROUGH rights and FOR rights at Gold?

Use the Teaching and Learning Toolbox to help you.

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.

Use our Teaching and Learning Toolbox to help you.

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.

Use our Teaching and Learning Toolbox to help you. You can also find out how to create rights focused charters, classrooms and lesson plans here.

6. Measure your impact

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 rrsa@unicef.org.uk know so they can set you up.

7. Complete the School Questionnaire Summary spreadsheet

Use the pupil and staff questionnaire results to do this. Find the School Questionnaire Summary spreadsheet 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 rrsa@unicef.org.uk. 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.

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

Your Professional Adviser will request to raise an invoice. Please pass to your school office to add a Purchase Order number, and return to rrsa@unicef.org.uk.

Find out more about the cost of the RRSA here.

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 your accreditation visit.

 

The Gold: Rights Respecting accreditation is valid for 3 years.

Find out more about what happens on the Gold: Rights Respecting accreditation visit.