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UNICEF RRSA

What is the UNICEF UK Rights Respecting Schools Award? 

The UNICEF UK Rights Respecting Schools Award (RRSA) is based on principles of equality, dignity, respect, nondiscrimination and participation. The RRSA seeks to put the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child at the heart of a school’s ethos and culture to improve well-being and develop every child’s talents and abilities to their full potential. A rights-respecting school is a community where children’s rights are learned, taught, practised, respected, protected and promoted. Young people and the school community learn about children’s rights by putting them into practice every day.


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