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How you sustain your Gold practice is unique to your school.

Unlike Gold: Rights Respecting there isn’t a fixed check list. We encourage schools to keep Rights Respecting work fresh by trying new things and being creative. We recognised that each of our Gold schools has embraced the Convention in unique ways that suit their school context. However, there are some suggested steps below – please note, steps 6-11 will remain the same for each school to prepare for your reaccreditation visit.

Like Gold: Rights Respecting we assess the standard within a school against Stands and Outcomes at Gold. However, the Gold reaccreditation visit is ‘lighter touch’ than the Gold: Rights Respecting visit, requiring less paper work and being shorter in length. We will pilot this approach with some schools in 2021.

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 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

You might find it useful to carry out the pupil questionnaires and staff questionnaires so that you have an overview of the staff and pupils’ current knowledge and understanding of children’s rights and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

You might find it helpful to transfer the data to the Schools Questionnaire Summary spreadsheet.

Measuring your progress using our pupil and staff questionnaires can be invaluable in showing you the impact that embedding children’s rights is having. It can also be used within the evidence that you present at Gold.

Find the pupil and staff questionnaires and the Schools Questionnaire Summary spreadsheet on the Sustaining Gold Forms and Guides section.

7. 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.

8. Request a date

Request a date.

Contact rrsa@unicef.org.uk with two or three potential dates. Your request will then be shared with an assessor who will contact you to confirm the date and to request a purchase order number for the cost of the assessment. See costs section at the bottom of this page for the costs for your school.

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.

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