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You can find our frequently asked questions below. If you have any further questions, take a look at our Sustaining Gold section, or email us at rrsa@unicef.org.uk.

What is a reaccreditation at Gold?

Gold: Rights Respecting is the highest stage of the Rights Respecting Schools Award and lasts for three years, after which you are due to be reaccredited at Gold to show you are sustaining your practice.

Gold reaccreditations also last for three years, so your school will continue to be reaccredited every three years to show your school is sustaining Gold Rights Respecting practice.

To be reaccredited at Gold, you will need to show that your school continues to sustain the RRSA Strands and Outcomes at Gold, and that children’s rights and the CRC continue to be embedded into your school policy, practice and culture. Find out more here.

How do I ensure staff knowledge about the RRSA remains current?

You can use the guidance documents on this website, attend RRSA training courses that we run across the UK, invite a RRSA Professional Adviser to your school to deliver bespoke training, and sign up to our online training courses.

We also have excellent resources to support teaching, you can use our Teaching and Learning Toolbox to help you, and we have created a list of ideas to help you sustain Gold and keep your Rights Respecting practice fresh.

Is there an accreditation visit for reaccreditation at Gold? What’s the cost of this?

Yes. A Unicef UK RRSA assessor(s) will visit your school to gather evidence and make a judgement about whether the school has continued to sustain and deepen the criteria across all three RRSA Strands.

The cost of the Gold: Rights Respecting reaccreditation visit varies according to the size of your school. You can pay when you are due your reaccreditation visit or spread the cost out over three years. 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 reaccredited?

Have a look at our working towards sustaining Gold webpage 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 reaccreditation visit?

When you are reaccredited at Gold, you can create your own accreditation visit programme for the day, as long as our assessors have a chance to speak to your RRSA Steering Group and have a feedback and review session with your headteacher, SLT and RRSA coordinator. Find out more about the Gold: Rights Respecting reaccreditation visit and what’s expected here.

What happens if I’m not successful on my Gold reaccreditation visit?

At the end of a Gold reaccreditation visit, the assessor(s) cannot tell you the decision about whether your school has been reaccredited at Gold: Rights Respecting because it has to be approved by the RRSA Accreditation and Standards Committee (ASC). The evidence that the RRSA assessors gather on the accreditation visit is based on the expected outcomes at Gold, and is presented to the ASC in a report.

If, at the end of the Gold reaccreditation visit, the RRSA assessor(s) feels that there is still a bit more work to do to show your school is sustaining the RRSA Strands and Outcomes at Gold, they will discuss with you whether you should be reaccredited at Silver: Rights Aware, or if you’d like us to revisit you within a reasonable time period so that you can continue sustaining your Gold: Rights Respecting practice. That follow up reaccreditation visit will be free of charge. Your Professional Adviser will discuss this with you.

If the RRSA assessor(s) writes and submits a report to the ASC, and the ASC do not feel that there is enough evidence to meet the RRSA Strands and Outcomes at Gold, your Professional Adviser will contact you to discuss the feedback. You can then arrange a follow up reaccreditation visit so that you can continue strengthening your Gold: Rights Respecting practise. This reaccreditation visit will be free of charge and should take place within a reasonable time period. Again, your Professional Adviser will discuss this with you.

How long is the Gold reaccreditation valid for?

The Gold: Rights Respecting accreditation and reaccreditation is valid for three years, after which you will continue to be reaccredited every three years to demonstrate that you are sustaining the RRSA Strands and Outcomes at Gold.

What happens when we’ve had the Gold: Rights Respecting reaccreditation for 3 years?

You will be reaccredited at Gold: Rights Respecting to show that you are sustaining your Gold practice. Find out more about how to keep your Rights Respecting work fresh in your school 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.

There will be no charge for a reaccreditation visit carried out at our request due to exceptional circumstances. Remember that many schools have embraced the Rights Respecting journey precisely to respond to challenge and to help them facilitate effective and sustainable school improvement.

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.