The Impact of the
Rights Respecting Schools Award

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Independent research and feedback from schools show that the Rights Respecting Schools Award (RRSA) has a profound impact on children and young people, and the school as a whole.
When the principles and values of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) are introduced and reinforced throughout school life, children and the wider school community benefit. Evidence suggests that these benefits include:

  • Pupils develop a long-term commitment to values such as social justice and inclusion
  • There is a reduction in bullying and discriminatory behaviour among children
  • Pupils enjoy and feel safe at school
  • Pupils feel included and valued
  • Pupils’ wellbeing and emotional resilience is improved
  • Pupils’ engagement in the school and their own learning is improved
  • Pupils’ attainment is improved, and the attainment gap between disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged pupils is narrowed
  • Pupils are more engaged in their local and global communities as ‘active citizens’

Unicef UK is committed to evaluating the impact of Rights Respecting Schools on the lives of children. This helps us to demonstrate the value of the Award to schools, local authorities, policymakers and potential funders. It also helps schools to see the impact for their children.
On this page you will find our latest reports about the impact of RRSA and guidance for schools about how they can support our evaluation