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What is the Level 2 Rights Respecting Schools Award?

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The Level 2 Rights Respecting Schools Award is the highest level of the Award and is granted by Unicef UK to schools that have fully embedded children’s rights throughout the school in its policies, practice and ethos, as outlined in the four standards.

Achieving Level 2 means there is evidence that you have met the Level 2 Expected Outcomes and that:

  • Your school has explicitly adopted a child rights approach based on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC or CRC) and has embedded it in school policy, practice and culture
  • Children, young people and adults in your school have a thorough understanding of child rights, and rights-respecting attitudes and language are embedded across the school
  • RRSA has had a positive impact on children and young people’s learning and wellbeing
  • Students see themselves as rights-respecting global citizens and are advocates for social justice, fairness and children’s rights at home and abroad.

Many schools find it helpful to attend the RRSA training courses, especially our module Moving from Level 1 to Level 2, as it helps them to deepen their understanding of rights, rights-respecting values and global citizenship.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take to achieve Level 2?

Schools tend to take between one and three years from achieving Level 1 but it depends on each school’s circumstances.


What do I do to ensure staff have the right key messages and feel confident to teach about the Convention?

Is there an assessment for Level 2? What is the cost of this?

Yes. Usually two Unicef UK RRSA representatives will visit your school to gather evidence and make a judgment  about whether the school has met the criteria across all four RRSA Standards. The Level 2 assessment visits costs £750 + VAT (or less if your school has fewer than 50 pupils).


What happens when I think my school is ready to be assessed?

You will need to contact your Professional Advisor to book a date and ensure you are ready. Read about getting ready for your assessment at Level 2.


How long is the Award valid for?

The Level 2 Award is valid for three years.


What happens when we’ve had the Award for 3 years?

You can be re-assessed at Level 2 to retain the award. Read about re-accreditation.