The Rights Respecting Schools Award (RRSA) recognises achievement in putting the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) at the heart of a school’s planning, policies, practice and ethos. A rights-respecting school not only teaches about children’s rights but also models rights and respect in all its relationships: between pupils and adults, between adults and between pupils.
The RRSA is a UK-wide initiative for all children and has been successfully implemented in a wide range of schools, both at Primary and Secondary level. A three year qualitative study by researchers at the Universities of Sussex and Brighton found that "The RRSA has had a profound effect on the majority of the schools involved in the programme."
The RRSA process consists of three stages; initially a school makes a recognition of commitment to become Rights Respecting then it is formally assessed by UNICEF to receive Level 1 status, usually around a year later. Finally a further assessment is made to confirm that Rights Respecting values are thoroughly embedded across the school and if this is found to be the case, Level 2 status is awarded. Tanbridge House received the Level 2 Award in September 2015.
For more information on the RRSA please see the UNICEF website.