Rights Respecting Schools

What is the Rights Respecting Schools Award?

The Unicef UK Rights Respecting Schools Award (RRSA) 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 (UNCRC) at the heart of a school’s practice to improve well-being and help all children 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 well-being, leading to better learning and behaviour, improved academic standards and less bullying.

Who is the Award for?

The Award is aimed at schools across the UK. We currently work with over 3,500 primary schools, secondary schools, schools for children with special educational needs and pupil referral units across England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

What does the Award involve?

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

• Recognition of Commitment (ROC)

• Level 1

• Level 2

How does the RRSA link with other school initiatives?

The RRSA programme unifies a range of educational priorities in all UK jurisdictions; the global dimension, social and emotional aspects of learning, community cohesion and sustainable development. Current initiatives that RRSA will link with in St. Mary’s are ECO Schools, Investors in People, Investors in Pupils, International Schools Award.