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Working towards Silver: Rights Aware

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Once you have achieved Bronze: Rights Committed, here are some suggested steps to start working towards Silver: Rights Aware (you can also download the checklist on this page):

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1. Celebrate achieving Bronze: Rights Committed

Inform the whole school community. You can also display your RRSA Bronze logo and certificate, hold an assembly, and send out a letter to parents and guardians to let them know.

2. Begin your RRSA journey to Silver: Rights Aware

Organise regular Steering Group meetings to prioritise your actions using the Action Plan for Silver you completed for the Bronze accreditation. This is a working document so keep adding actions to the second column and review your current position to identify impact. Use the Teaching and Learning Toolbox to help you.

3. Consult with your pupil-led RRSA Steering Group

Discuss your progress using the Silver Outcome Descriptors. Have you met the criteria under each of the three Strands? In what way? Have you got evidence? Discuss what evidence you could use to complete the School Evaluation: Silver form.

4. Ensure the Award is an ongoing item of staff meeting agendas

Staff should feel confident to know what it means to teach and learn ABOUT rights, THROUGH rights and FOR rights. Decide how your school RRSA Coordinator/Lead will have an overview about what is happening and the progress that is being made.

Use the Teaching and Learning Toolbox to help you.

5. Identify evidence to meet the Silver 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.

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 progress

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 and governor 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: Silver 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: Silver form here.

9. Consult with staff and pupils and contact your Professional Advisor to organise a date for your Silver: Rights Aware accreditation visit

Submit the following documents to your Professional Adviser:

  • School Questionnaire Summary spreadsheet
  • School Evaluation: Silver

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 Silver 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 Silver: Rights Aware accreditation is valid for 3 years.

Find out more about what happens on the Silver: Rights Aware accreditation visit.