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These are the steps we recommend you take towards Silver: Rights Aware.

We appreciate each school is different and our Professional Advisers will take your school context into account. The Silver: Rights Aware accreditation is valid for three years.

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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

You might find it useful to carry out the pupil questionnaires and staff 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.

You might find it helpful to transfer the data to the School Questionnaire Summary.

Measuring your progress using our pupil and staff questionnaires can be invaluable in showing you the impact that embedding children’s rights is having. It can also be used within the evidence that you present at Silver and later on, at Gold.

Find the pupil and staff questionnaires and the Schools Questionnaire Summary spreadsheet on the  Silver Forms and Guides section.

7. Complete the School Evaluation: Silver form

Complete the School Evaluation: Silver form to check you are ready for your accreditation visit. Identify:

  • How has the outcome been achieved?
  • What difference has been made?
  • What evidence do you have?

The form is to be completed by senior leaders. You may include feedback from staff and pupil questionnaires, reports from your school inspection body, comments from parents, etc.  Find the School Evaluation Silver form here.

You are now ready for Silver: Rights Aware Accreditation.