How you sustain your Gold practice is unique to your school.
We encourage schools to keep Rights Respecting work fresh by trying new things and being creative. We recognise that each of our Gold schools has embraced the Convention in unique ways that suit their school context. We want this diversity of approach to be reflected when we reaccredit you at Gold. Like your first Gold: Rights Respecting accreditation, we use the RRSA Strands and Outcomes at Gold but we don’t ask you to produce detailed evidence against individual Outcomes, just examples under the headings for the three Strands.
You are also invited to showcase one or two particular examples of your continuing commitment to rights based practice. This might be a new initiative, outreach work, supporting Unicef or the RRSA team in some way, or simply keeping things strong in the context of significant changes in school.
Steps to Reaccreditation
The suggested steps below are a timeline from receiving your accreditation report through to reaccreditation. Click on each one for specific practical ideas, guidance and links to other pages.
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 [email protected] 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 maintain this work whilst keeping the CRC explicit? Are there any new ideas you want to try to keep things fresh?
3. Ensure the Award is an ongoing item of staff, parent 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?
4. Plan how you are going to continue to sustain your Gold Rights Respecting practice with your Steering Group
5. Gather evidence to meet the Gold Strand and Outcome Descriptors
Continue to gather evidence against the three strands for RRSA, Teaching and learning ABOUT rights, THROUGH rights and FOR rights.
Try to capture examples of best practice from across the school. Your steering group members can help to gather this. You don’t need folders full of examples, most schools keep their evidence digitally.
Evidence might include planning, policies, pupils’ work, key events and campaigns. Keep the RRSA Strands in mind.
You will need to share some of these key achievements for your reaccreditation visit.
6. Measure your impact
You might find it useful to carry out the optional 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.
Measuring your progress using our pupil and staff questionnaires can be a helpful way of showing you the continuing impact that embedding children’s rights is having. It can also be used within the evidence that you present at Gold reaccreditation.
Find the pupil and staff questionnaires and the Schools Questionnaire Summary spreadsheet on the Sustaining Gold Forms and Guides section.
7. Complete the School Evaluation: Gold Reaccreditation form
To be completed jointly by the RRSA coordinator and RRSA Steering Group, and agreed by the headteacher.
Include key achievements about how you have sustained your practice against the three Strands. Mention any relevant evidence of impact such as feedback from pupil questionnaires, reports from your school inspection body, comments from parents and evidence from school data.
Find the School Evaluation: Gold Reaccreditation form here.
8. Request a date
Request a date.
Contact your Professional Advisor 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.
9. 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:
- Your PowerPoint of Evidence Examples
- School Evaluation: Gold Reaccreditation Form
- Reaccreditation visit programme
Find the forms and guides you need here.