UNICEF - Rights Respecting School
The Rights Respecting Schools Award (RRSA) is a UNICEF UK programme that puts children’s rights at the heart of schools.
It is based on the 54 Articles of the Convention of the Rights of the Child 1989, ratified by 196 states across the world. The award
recognizes that the convention is put into practice within the school and it’s greater supporting community, leading to Global Citizenship
and Sustainable Development
At Byron we integrate these important values across the curriculum and in our everyday interaction between children, staff and the
wider community. Class topics are planned with a RRSA focus especially in PSHE and regular assemblies are held to inform and
sustain motivation and interest. Each term a different article is selected to provide such a focus. In addition as part of the awards global
commitments, fund raising and international links enhance our profile within the wider community and expose the children to a variety
of cultures, leading to greater understanding and respect.
We have an active steering group of children and adults, who along with all members of the school have worked together to
successfully achieve ROC (Recognition of Commitment) status (November 2017) and are currently working towards becoming a Stage
‘Independent research and feedback from schools show that the Award has a profound impact on children and young people, and the
school as a whole. When the principles and values of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) are introduced and
reinforced throughout school life, children and the wider school community benefit.
Evidence suggests that these benefits include:
§ Pupils develop a long-term commitment to values such as social justice and inclusion
§ There is a reduction in bullying and discriminatory behaviour among children
§ Pupils enjoy and feel safe at school
§ Pupils feel included and valued
§ Pupils’ wellbeing and emotional resilience is improved
§ Pupils’ engagement in the school and their own learning is improved
§ Pupils’ attainment is improved, and the attainment gap between disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged pupils is narrowed
§ Pupils are more engaged in their local and global communities as ‘active citizens’
Regular updates are published in our newsletters, further information is available from the school office or by following the link.
The main UNICEF site link –