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Silver: Rights Aware FAQs

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You can find our frequently asked questions below. If you have any further questions, take a look at our Silver: Rights Aware webpages, or email us at rrsa@unicef.org.uk.

How long does it take to achieve Silver: Rights Aware?

Schools tend to take between 12 – 18 months, but it depends on each school and the priority RRSA is given within school by the senior leadership team.

What do I do to ensure staff have the right key messages about RRSA, feel confident to teach about the Convention and incorporate it into their teaching?

You can use the guidance documents on this website, attend RRSA training courses that we run across the country, or invite a RRSA trainer into 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 Silver: Rights Aware? How much does it cost?

Yes, a Unicef UK RRSA assessor will visit your school to assess whether you have reached Silver: Rights Aware.

The cost for the Silver: Rights Aware accreditation visit varies according to the size of your school. Find out more about the costs of the RRSA.

We want all interested schools to be able to continue their Rights Respecting journey so please contact us at rrsa@unicef.org.uk if the fees cause any difficulties. Occasionally we receive funding from our corporate partners to help schools participate in the RRSA.

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

Have a look at our Silver 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 Silver: Rights Aware 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 Silver: Rights Aware accreditation visit.

What happens if I’m not successful on my Silver accreditation visit?

During your Silver accreditation visit, your RRSA assessor(s) will gather evidence showing how the RRSA Strands and Outcomes at Silver have been met. If, at the end of the Silver accreditation visit, the RRSA assessor(s) feel that there is still a bit more work to do, you will be given clear recommendations on what your school is doing well and what still requires a bit more work. We can then agree a time with you for an RRSA assessor to come and visit your school at a later date. Your follow up accreditation visit will be free, and should take place within the next six months.

How long is the Silver: Rights Aware Award valid for?

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

What happens when we have had the Silver: Rights Aware Award for 3 years?

Most schools are accredited at Gold: Rights Respecting (the final stage of the RRSA) within three years of achieving Silver: Rights Aware. If you don’t think you are quite ready you can be reaccredited at Silver: Rights Aware. The process to be reaccredited at Silver is identical to the process to be accredited at Silver – find out more here.

Do you ever take an Award away?

The Rights Respecting Schools Award is based on nationally agreed standards and uses a system of accreditation (as explained above) that looks at all aspects of the school’s life and work. Similar to other inspection processes, the accreditation is made on the evidence seen during the accreditation visit. Individual situations and experiences outside the accreditation process cannot, on their own, determine the school’s accreditation as Rights Respecting but we do take concerns seriously.

If a Rights Respecting School experiences an event or circumstance that puts it at odds with its Rights Respecting status (at either Silver or Gold), the Programme Director may ask that the school be reaccredited sooner than the three-year life of the Award. This would be done to support the school at a difficult time and, out of respect to all our other schools, to maintain the consistency and status of the RRSA. In exceptional circumstances, we reserve the right to suspend an Award.

This approach has been approved by our Schools Accreditation and Standards Committee and this is made clear to schools at the time they are awarded Silver or Gold.