Working towards sustaining Gold

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To sustain your Gold Award, your school will need to continue to embed children’s rights fully into your whole school practice, deepening and strengthening the values and principles of the Convention on the Rights of the Child whilst keeping them explicit and at the forefront of everything you do.

To continue your Gold Rights Respecting journey and to work towards reaccreditation, we really encourage you to try new things and be creative. We recognise that each of our Gold schools has embraced the Convention in unique ways to suit their school context, and therefore we don’t have a fixed checklist of how you should sustain your Gold work. However, here are some suggested steps – please note, steps 6-11 will remain the same for each school to prepare for your reaccreditation visit.

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

1. Celebrate being accredited or reaccredited at Gold: Rights Respecting

Being accredited and reaccredited at Gold: Rights Respecting is an incredible achievement and should be celebrated.

Inform the whole school community. You can display your Gold: Rights Respecting banner, certificate and logo, hold an event or assembly, and send out a letter to parents and guardians to let them know.

Think about sharing your report with your Local Authority and other external partners. Here is a Gold press release template, which you may find useful.

If you have developed useful resources for your Rights Respecting work, please share these with us so we can put them on our website and inspire other schools to sustain their Rights Respecting work. You can also share your photos and stories to feature on our website – find a case study template here. Please send to rrsa@unicef.org.uk when you’re ready.

2. Review your Steering Group

Are you and your Steering Group continuing to effectively embed children’s rights across the school and into the community? How can your Steering Group deepen and strengthen this work whilst keeping the CRC explicit? Are there any new ideas you want to try to keep things fresh?

Read more about the Strands and Outcomes at Gold here, and have a look at our ideas to sustain your Gold practice.

3. Ensure the Award is an ongoing item of staff, council and governor meetings

Adults at your school and within your school community should know about the RRSA. Have you got processes in place to ensure adults who are new to your school can learn about the RRSA?

How can you continue to deepen what it means to teach and learn ABOUT rights, THROUGH rights and FOR rights at Gold?

Use our Teaching and Learning Toolbox and ideas to sustain your Gold practice to help you.

4. Plan how you are going to continue to sustain your Gold Rights Respecting practice with your Steering Group

Take into account the recommendations you received from your Gold accreditation or reaccreditation visit. How can you continue to strengthen and deepen your work?

Use our Teaching and Learning Toolbox and ideas to sustain your Gold practice to help you.

5. Gather evidence to meet the Gold Strand and Outcome Descriptors

Gather key information about how your school is teaching and learning about rights, through rights and for rights so that you have an overview of what is taking place in your school and its impact.

Evidence might include planning, policies, pupils’ work, key events and campaigns. Keep the Gold Strands in mind.

You will need to have a record of these key achievements for your reaccreditation visit.

6. Measure your impact

Carry out the pupil questionnaires and staff questionnaires so that you have an overview of pupil’s and staff’s 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, please let your Professional Adviser and rrsa@unicef.org.uk know so they can set you up.

7. Complete the School Questionnaire Summary spreadsheet

Use the pupil and staff 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 rrsa@unicef.org.uk.

8. Complete the Sustaining Gold: Reaccreditation Submission form

To be completed jointly by the RRSA coordinator and RRSA Steering Group, and agreed by the headteacher.

Include key achievements on how you have sustained the Gold outcomes and any evidence available to you to complete this form e.g. feedback from pupil 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 Sustaining Gold: Reaccreditation Submission form here.

9. Organise a date for your reaccreditation visit

Consult with staff and pupils and contact your Professional Advisor to organise a date for your Gold reaccreditation visit.

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.

10. Raise an invoice

Your Professional Adviser will request to raise an invoice. Please pass to your school office to add a Purchase Order number, and return to rrsa@unicef.org.uk.

Find out more about the cost of your reaccreditation visit here.

11. Prepare for your reaccreditation visit

With your RRSA Steering Group, design a reaccreditation visit programme to showcase your Rights Respecting work to our Unicef UK assessor(s).

At least two weeks before your reaccreditation visit, submit the following documents to your Professional Adviser:

  • School Questionnaire Summary spreadsheet
  • Sustaining Gold: Reaccreditation Submission form
  • Reaccreditation visit programme

Find the forms and guides you need here.

The Gold: Rights Respecting reaccreditation is valid for 3 years.

Find out more about what happens on the Gold reaccreditation visit.