Rights Respecting School Award

Rights Respecting SchoolsThe 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.

As schools implement the RRSA standards, they enable children and young people to make informed decisions and to grow into confident, active and empowered citizens.

Rights AssemblyThe pattern emerging from self-evaluation by schools and local authorities, by RRSA professional advisor's and assessors and by external researchers is consistent for all types of schools in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

What are the main areas of impact?
•Improved self-esteem and well-being
•Improved relationships and behaviour (reductions in bullying and exclusions and improved attendance)
•Improved engagement in learning
•Positive attitudes towards diversity in society and the reduction of prejudice
•Children and young people’s enhanced moral understanding
•Children and young people’s support for global justice
•Children and young people become more involved in decision-making in schools.

UNCRCWhat does our latest impact analysis show?

Our latest impact evaluation analysis* from over 300 Rights Respecting Schools shows that:
•99% of headteachers believe that Rights Respecting Schools Award (RRSA) has had a positive impact on relationships and behaviour
•99% of headteachers considered that the Award contributed to children and young people being more engaged in their learning
•98% of headteachers considered that RRSA impacted on children and young people’s positive attitudes to diversity & overcoming prejudices
•96% of headteachers considered that working on RRSA improved children’s and young people’s respect for themselves and others
•75% of headteachers stated that RRSA has had a positive impact on reducing exclusions and bullying.

*data collected between 2011 and December 2013.

Parents have also reported support for the values and principles of the CRC. This is based on the beneficial impact they see on their children when they adopt rights-respecting language and behaviour.

We are a Level 1 Rights Respecting School.

Level 1 is the second step of the Rights Respecting Schools Award. At this stage, the school implements an action plan and makes good progress towards embedding the principles of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child into its ethos and curriculum following the four RRSA standards. The school also plans how they will fully embed the Convention as they work towards Level 2.

To achieve accreditation, the school self-evaluates progress and when they believe they have met the standards, a Unicef UK representative will visit the school to assess progress. Following this, a written report is provided and, where the standards have been met, the school will be awarded a Level 1.

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