Rights Respecting School Award
We are proud to announce that Gordonbrock School have successfully achieved the Unicef UK Recognition of Commitment for our rights-respecting work.
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.
What does the Award involve?
Schools are required to implement four evidence-based standards;
- Rights-Respecting Values Underpin Leadership And Management
- The Whole School Community Learns About The Convention
- The School Has A Rights-Respecting Ethos
- Children Are Empowered To Become Active Citizens And Learners
Schools involved in the Rights Respecting Schools Award work towards three levels;
Recognition of Commitment: The Recognition of Commitment (ROC) is the first stage of the Rights Respecting Schools Award (RRSA). The ROC is about introducing the school to the Four Standards of the RRSA and ensuring that: the school’s senior leadership team (SLT) understands what is involved and is committed to embarking on the Unicef UK rights-respecting journey the right foundations are in place for your school’s journey to Level 1.
Level 1: The Level 1 Award is granted by Unicef UK to schools that show good progress towards embedding children’s rights in the school’s policy, practice and ethos, as outlined in our four standards.
Level 2: The Level 2 Rights Respecting Schools Award is the highest level of the Award. It is granted by Unicef UK to schools that have fully embedded children’s rights throughout the school in its policies, practice and ethos, as outlined in the four standards.
What’s Next for Gordonbrock?
Now that we have been awarded the Recognition of Commitment, the next step is to work towards achieving Level 1 of the Rights Respecting Schools Award.
The Level 1 Award is granted by Unicef UK to schools that show good progress towards embedding children’s rights in the school’s policy, practice and ethos.
Achieving Level 1 means there is evidence that our school has met have met the Level 1 Expected Outcomes and that:
Achieving Level 1 means there is evidence that:
1. Our school is explicitly embedding the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in its policy, practice and culture.
2. We are putting into action and developing the plans outlined on your Level 1 Audit and Action Plan which you submitted to get your ROC.
3. We are beginning to see the positive impact of these actions on children, young people and staff, and also on the school’s ethos, practice and environment.
4. You are promoting knowledge and understanding of the Convention throughout your school community.
5. Our children are beginning to see themselves as rights-respecting global citizens and advocates for fairness and children’s rights locally and globally.