What is Gold: Rights Respecting?

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Gold: Rights Respecting is the highest stage of the Rights Respecting Schools Award

Gold: Rights Respecting comes after Bronze: Rights Committed and Silver: Rights Aware.

It is granted by Unicef UK to schools that have fully embedded children’s rights throughout the school in its policies, practice and ethos, as outlined in the RRSA Strands and Outcomes.

To achieve Gold: Rights Respecting, schools will be assessed by two Unicef UK RRSA assessors who will look at the whole school’s rights respecting work.


Achieving Gold: Rights Respecting means there is evidence that:

  • Your school has explicitly adopted a child rights approach based on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and has embedded it in school policy, practice and culture
  • Children, young people and adults in your school have a thorough understanding of child rights, and rights respecting attitudes and language are embedded across the school
  • RRSA has had a positive impact on children and young people’s learning and wellbeing
  • Students see themselves as rights respecting global citizens and are advocates for social justice, fairness and children’s rights at home and abroad


Children and young people also play an increasingly leading role in driving progress. At Gold: Rights Respecting, you are aiming to intensify and broaden:

  1. Teaching and Learning about rights: for the whole school community through training, curriculum, assemblies, topics, focus days/weeks, displays
  2. Teaching and Learning through rights: by modelling rights respecting language and attitudes and making strategic decisions that involve students
  3. Being ambassadors for the rights of others: developing as rights respecting citizens


You may find our training course Moving from Silver to Gold helpful because it helps to deepen your understanding of rights, rights respecting values and global citizenship. You can also discuss achieving Gold with a Professional Adviser and share your progress with other schools at the same stage.


Find out how to start working towards Gold: Rights Respecting.

Gold Checklist