The Gold: Rights Respecting reaccreditation visit

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The Gold reaccreditation visit is carried out by a Unicef UK RRSA assessor(s) who will look at the whole school’s rights respecting work against the RRSA Strands and Outcomes at Gold, and how that has been sustained since your previous Gold accreditation.

The reaccreditation visit is more light touch than your Gold accreditation visit, requiring less paperwork and a shorter visit.

The Gold reaccreditation visit

A Gold reaccreditation visit usually takes between 2 and 2.5 hours.

We encourage you and your RRSA Steering Group to create a Gold reaccreditation visit programme for our assessor(s) to showcase your Rights Respecting achievements in a way that suits you, as long as the day includes:

  • Meeting a range of students in your school, including 20 minutes to speak to your RRSA Steering Group
  • 10 minutes for the assessor(s)s to gather their feedback before they speak with the headteacher, SLT and RRSA coordinator. If possible, please allocate a space for the assessor(s) to do this
  • 30 minutes at the end to feedback and review the visit with your headteacher, SLT and RRSA coordinator

You could also include a learning walk around your school to show key features, an opportunity speak to children and young people not in your Steering Group, and an opportunity to speak to other adults in your school and school community – but it’s completely up to you!

During the reaccreditation visit, our assessor(s) will be looking for evidence showing how the Strands and Outcomes at Gold have continued to be met. At the end of the reaccreditation visit, they will review and feedback to the headteacher, members of the senior leadership team and RRSA coordinator.

Please send your accreditation visit programme to your Professional Adviser two weeks ahead of the visit.


Outcome of the accreditation visit

During the reaccreditation visit, the RRSA assessor(s) will gather evidence. However, the decision about whether your school has continued to meet the RRSA Strands and Outcomes at Gold is made by the RRSA Accreditation and Standards Committee (ASC).

This committee includes the RRSA Programme Director, a Unicef UK Professional Adviser, senior leaders from primary, secondary and special schools and a Unicef UK RRSA assessor.

The evidence that the RRSA assessors gather is based on the expected outcomes at Gold, and is presented to the ASC in a report. This process takes several weeks and ensures the consistency of the Award across the UK.

Your Professional Adviser will let you know the outcome as soon as the decision has been made.


Find out more about what happens after your Gold: Rights Respecting reaccreditation visit.