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):
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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com. 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.
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.