Rights Respecting School Award

A Rights Respecting School Award places children's rights at the heart of all the school does.


What is the UN Convention on the rights of the child?

The UNCRC was adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1989.  It sets out the basic human rights for every persin under the age of 18.

The convention has 54 articles that set out all aspects of a child's life.  It explains how governments and adults should work together to ensure children can enjoy these rights.  The convention recognises that all children and young people have a right to be treated with fairness and dignity, to be protected, to reach their full potential and to participate.  Every adult has a responsibility to ensure that these rights are protected.


What is the Rights Respecting School Award?


The award helps schools to embed these rights into their practice, improve well being and help all children to reach their potential.

It is a whole school apporach where the rights are learned, taught, practised, respected, protected and promoted.


There are 3 levels to the RRSA

  • Bronze award:  Rights Committed 
  • Silver award: Rights aware
  • Gold award:  Rights respecting

To achieve the award schools must:-

  • bronze award - teaching and learning about rights 
  • silver awards - teaching and learning through rights
  • gold award - teaching and learning for rights 

KSJ were awarded the Bronze award in November 2021 and are working towards the silver award.