Both the Level 1 Award and the Level 2 Rights Respecting Schools Award are granted by Unicef UK to schools for a period of three years.
This makes sure that the school continues to be rights-respecting and the values and ethos remain live in the school. After three years have passed, all schools are re-accredited.
What is re-accreditation?
Nearly all schools that have achieved Level 1 will be well on the way to achieving Level 2 within three years and are not re-accredited at Level 1. Occasionally, if there have been a lot of changes within a school, the leadership team might request a re-accreditation at Level 1.
All schools that have achieved Level 2 are re-accredited at Level 2. The process for re-accreditation is identical to the assessment at Level 2. Very occasionally, if there have been a lot of changes within a school, the leadership team might request a re-accreditation at Level 1.
Is there an assessment visit for re-accreditation? What's the cost of this?
Yes, a Unicef UK RRSA representative will visit your school to assess whether you are still meeting all the requirements for a Level 2 Rights Respecting School. The cost for the assessment visit is currently £750 + VAT (less if your school has fewer than 50 pupils).
What do I do to ensure staff remain up-to-date about RRSA?
Early re-accreditation under exceptional circumstances
In the extremely unlikely instance of a Rights Respecting School experiencing an event or circumstances that put it at odds with its Unicef UK Rights Respecting status (at either Level 1 or Level 2) the RRSA Programme Director may ask at their discretion that the school be re-accredited sooner than the three-year life of the award. This would be done to support the school at a difficult time and, out of respect to all our other schools, to maintain the consistency and status of the Rights Respecting Schools Award (RRSA).
Remember that many schools have embraced the RRSA journey precisely to respond to challenge and to help them facilitate effective and sustainable school improvement.
This approach has been approved by Unicef UK’s Rights Respecting Schools Accreditation and Standards Committee and from July 2015, this will be made clear to schools at the time they are awarded Level 1 or Level 2.
There will be no charge for a re-accreditation assessment carried out at our request due to exceptional circumstances.