Rights Respecting Schools Award

In November 2021, we were reaccredited with the prestigious Gold Award for our continued work regarding promoting Childrens’ Rights.

The award 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 RRSA Strands and Outcomes.

To achieve Gold: we were assessed by a UNICEF Professional Advisers who looked at our whole school’s rights respecting work and the impact that has been made through embedding children’s rights into school life.

Achieving Gold: Rights Respecting means there is evidence that:

  • Your school has explicitly adopted a child rights approach based on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and has embedded it in school policy, practice and culture.
  • Children, young people and adults in your school have a thorough understanding of child rights, and rights respecting attitudes and language are embedded across the school.
  • RRSA has had a positive impact on children and young people’s learning and wellbeing.
  • Students see themselves as rights respecting global citizens and are advocates for social justice, fairness and children’s rights at home and abroad.

Children and young people also play an increasingly leading role in driving progress. At Gold: Rights Respecting, you are aiming to intensify and broaden:

  1. Teaching and learning about rights: for the whole school community through training, curriculum, assemblies, topics, focus days/weeks, displays.
  2. Teaching and learning through rights: by modelling rights respecting language and attitudes and making strategic decisions that involve students.
  3. Being ambassadors for the rights of others: developing as rights respecting citizens.

What the report said about Awsworth…

Strengths of the school include:

  • The whole school community understands how RRSA supports children to become compassionate, active global citizens.
  • Particularly strong leadership for RRSA from SLT, governors and the RRSA lead.
  • The CRC is integral to the curriculum, including explicit coverage of concepts such as dignity, from EYFS right up to Year 6.
  • Children see and understand clear links to rights and with global events within their learning.