What is the Rights, Respecting School Award?

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.