Rights Respecting Schools

What is the focus of the award?

The Unicef UK Rights Respecting Schools Award supports schools across the UK to embed children’s human rights in their ethos and culture.

The Award recognises achievement in putting the UN Convention on the Right of the Child (CRC) at the heart of a school’s practice to improve wellbeing and help all children and young people realise their potential.

The Award is based on principles of equality, dignity, respect, non-discrimination and participation. The initiative started in 2006 and schools involved in the Award have reported a positive impact on relationships and wellbeing, leading to better learning and behaviour, improved academic standards and less bullying.


What does the Award involve?

Schools involved in the Rights Respecting Schools Award work towards the recognition that they have embedded children and young people’s rights in their school’s practice and ethos. Schools are required to implement three evidence-based strands that cover the leadership of the school, knowledge and understanding of children’s rights, ethos and relationships and the empowerment of children and young people.

There are three levels to the Award:

Bronze: Rights Committed

Silver: Rights Aware

Gold: Rights Respecting

The journey to Gold: Rights Respecting, the highest stage of the Award granted by Unicef UK, can take three to four years. Silver and Gold accreditations are valid for three years, after which time schools must be re-accredited.


What impact does it have?

On the school

• RRSA is not an initiative, but instead provides an overarching set of values that improve the climate for learning and within which other  initiatives can sit

• A deeper and more cohesive way of working

• Improved relationships with pupils and a reduced hierarchical divide  between staff and pupils, due to a common rights-respecting language.

On children

• Improved self esteem and feelings of being valued and listened to

• Increased levels of respect for each other, leading to improved

relationships with other pupils and with staff

• A sense of security as rights-respecting language and behaviour is used

consistently throughout the school

• Improved attainment and attendance, and a reduction in exclusions

• An understanding and respect of religions, cultures, beliefs and abilities

different to their own

• A wider and deeper understanding of the world in which they live.

On adults

• Strengthened collaborative working

• Increased consultative approach with other adults and pupils

• A sense of ownership in developing an approach that meets the

needs and aspirations of the school as a whole

• A sense that the whole school is working towards a common goal,

leading to feelings of empowerment for both staff and pupils

• A platform is developed for parental engagement and discussion.

The school is working towards the Rights Respecting Schools Award- Bronze Level. You can find more information attached below and in our newsletters. 
Each of our classes has a class charter. This is displayed in their classrooms and has been sent out to parents. Please find some examples below. 
Rights Respecting Parliament Group
Rights Respecting Events
Red Hand Day 12th February
Red Hand Day on 12th February and the campaign to stop the use of child soldiers are existing for over 15 years. Hundreds and thousands of hand prints have been collected in more than 50 countries and handed over to politicians and to responsible parties, including the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon. There is progress, but there are still 250,000 child soldiers in the world.