What is Silver: Rights Aware?

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Silver: Rights Aware is the second stage of the Rights Respecting Schools Award

Silver: Rights Aware comes after Bronze: Rights Committed.

It is granted by Unicef UK to schools that show good progress towards embedding children’s rights in the school’s policy, practice and ethos, as outlined in the RRSA Strands and Outcomes.

To achieve Silver: Rights Aware, schools will be assessed by a Unicef UK RRSA assessor who will look at the whole school’s rights respecting work.

Your Silver: Rights Aware accreditation is valid for three years, after which you will need to be accredited at Gold: Rights Respecting.


Achieving Silver: Rights Aware means there is evidence that:

  • Your school is explicitly embedding the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in its policy, practice and culture
  • You are promoting knowledge and understanding of the Convention throughout your school community
  • You are putting into action and developing the plans outlined on your Action Plan for Silver, which you submitted to achieve your Bronze: Rights Committed
  • You are beginning to see the positive impact of these actions on children and young people, staff, and on the school’s ethos, practice and environment
  • Children and young people are beginning to see themselves as rights respecting global citizens and advocates for fairness and children’s rights, both locally and globally


Progress towards the RRSA tends to happen organically and every school will work in a slightly different way. What you are aiming for is:

  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


Our training course, Starting RRSA Part 2, provides an opportunity to discuss achieving Silver with a Professional Adviser and share your progress with other schools at the same stage. 101 Ways to Implement the RRSA provides you with practical ideas on how to implement the Award in your school and the community.


Find out how to start working towards Silver: Rights Committed.

Silver Checklist