RRSA conference (virtual)

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We are holding our first ever virtual UNICEF UK Rights Respecting Schools Award conference on Wednesday 5 October 2022. 

This year, RRSA is celebrating 15 years of embedding children’s rights education in schools and creating a positive change for children in the UK. As we come out of the pandemic and hope for a better school year of 22/23 allowing us to fully focus on progressing our Rights Respecting work, we’ll take this moment to come together virtually, celebrate the journey we’ve been on and look forward together.   

Join us for a chance to hear from people from UNICEF and the world of politics and academia about the impact of the Rights Respecting work. 

The conference is open to teachers and other staff from schools already involved in RRSA as well as those looking to find out more about the programme and professionals in the field of rights-based education.  

2022 CONFERENCE (virtual)

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The conference will be run as a “town hall” style Microsoft Teams Live event. Attendees can participate via live Q&A chat function with speakers and UNICEF UK RRSA staff available on the call to respond. 


You will hear from:

  • Frances Bestley, UNICEF UK Rights Respecting Schools Award Programme Director 
  • Jon Sparkes, UNICEF UK Executive Director 
  • Deborah MacMillan, The Children’s Commissioner for Jersey 
  • Marie Wernham, International child rights consultant, UNICEF 
  • Dr Lee Jerome, Middlesex University Associate Professor in Education (Childhood and Society) 
  • Panel of headteachers from UNICEF UK Rights Respecting Schools


The event will be running from 10.15 – 17.00 (UK time) in six 45-minute slots. Attendees can join for the whole day or only attend slots of their choice.  

10.15 – 11.00
Welcome from Frances Bestley, UNICEF UK RRSA Programme Director
Overview of how RRSA influences work for children beyond schools and contributed to a system of change from Jon Sparkes, UNICEF UK Executive Director

11.15 – 12.00
Deborah McMillan, The Children’s Commissioner for Jersey, on incorporating children’s rights and voice in legislation.

13.30 – 14.15
Marie Wernham, international child rights consultant for UNICEF, on how RRSA has influenced children’s rights education in the rest of the world.

14.30 – 15.15
Lee Jerome, Associate Professor in Education (Childhood and Society) at Middlesex University London, on the contribution the RRSA makes to the wider child rights education and social justice agenda

15.30 – 16.15
Panel of headteachers from RRSA schools share their views and experience related to the day.

16.30 – 17.00
Closing remarks from children in a form of a video. 


  • The event is free for RRSA member schools that paid their first annual subscription or committed to the membership. It is also free for schools we’re working with in Scotland, Manchester, Cardiff, and Channel Islands.
  • The price for everyone else is £50 per ticket. 

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