UNICEF Rights Respecting School

What is a UNICEF rights respecting school?

Unicef works with schools in the UK to create safe and inspiring places to learn, where children are respected, their talents are nurtured and they are able to thrive. The Rights Respecting Schools Award embeds these values in daily school life and gives children the best chance to lead happy, healthy lives and to be responsible, active citizens.

There are four key areas of impact for children at a Rights Respecting school; wellbeing, participation, relationships and self-esteem. The difference that a Rights Respecting School makes goes beyond the school gates, making a positive impact on the whole community. To help schools implement the RRSA effectively, this is broken down into three stages; Bronze, Silver and Gold awards. Achieving gold can take several years.

The Award recognises a school’s achievement in putting the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child into practice within the school and beyond.

Deyes High School - Bronze Award

Deyes High is extremely proud to have been awarded the Bronze award from Unicef.

Bronze: Rights Committed is the first stage of the Rights Respecting Schools Award

It is primarily a planning stage for the second stage of the RRSA, Silver: Rights Committed.

Achieving the Bronze: Rights Committed means there is evidence that:

  • We have introduced the RRSA Three Strands into the school community
  • Our school’s senior leadership team (SLT) understands what is involved in the Award and is committed to embarking on the Unicef UK rights respecting journey
  • The right foundations are in place for the school’s journey to the second stage of the Award, Silver: Rights Aware

How Deyes achieved Bronze:

  • Presentations to staff and students on the RRSA and the path forwards
  • Implementing the CCRC into our school environment through PSHE, Thought for the Day and assemblies
  • Assessment of knowledge and development of programme based on staff and student consultation
  • Questionnaire analysis at start and end of the first year of implementation (see button below)
  • Use of the Future Focus (Student Council) group as a steering panel for the initial introduction of the RRSA
  • The creation and introduction of the Deyes High School Rights Respecting Charter, now displayed in all rooms around the school (click on the image to the left to view in full)

What is next?

The journey to silver starts now. By putting in place new practices over the coming months, we are aiming to achieve silver recognition very soon.