What is

sustaining gold

Sustaining Gold is the final stage of the Award in which you deepen and strengthen your child right practice.

Reaccreditation is an option for schools who have already achieved Gold: Rights Respecting and have ensured that a child rights approach is sustainable in policy, practice and ethos.

To be reaccredited at Gold: Rights Respecting schools will be visited by a 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. Reaccreditation lasts for three years.

Being reaccredited at Gold: Rights Respecting means there is evidence that:

  • Your school continues to explicitly adopt a child rights approach based on the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and sustainably embeds it in school policy, practice and culture.
  • Children, young people and adults’ level of understanding of rights remains high, and there are processes in place to ensure new people who start at your school have this understanding as well. Rights Respecting attitudes and language are still embedded across the school.
  • The RRSA has a positive impact on children and young people’s learning and wellbeing in a sustainable way.
  • Students continue to see themselves as Rights Respecting global citizens and advocate for social justice, fairness and children’s rights at home and abroad.

Children and young people continue to play a leading role in driving progress through your RRSA Steering Group (or equivalent). To be reaccredited at Gold, we expect you to still focus on the same three RRSA Strands:

  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.

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.