Benefits of the RRS

Benefits of RRSA

Evidence gathered from schools participating in the RRSA suggests that when the values of the UNCRC underpin the ethos and curriculum of a school, they have a significant, positive impact on important aspects of child well-being and school improvement.

They also have a positive effect on the relationships, teaching approaches, attitudes and behaviour of everyone involved. UNICEF reports that teachers, children and parents have :

  • Improved pupil self-esteem Pupils’ enhanced moral development
  • Improved behaviour and relationships(reductions in bullying, exclusions and improved attendance)
  • More positive attitudes towards diversity in society and the reduction of prejudice Pupils’ development as global citizens
  • Overall school improvement (including learning environment and academic standards)
  • Enhanced job satisfaction for teachers

The results of a survey carried out by Unicef in 2018 showed that child rights education plays a key role in developing children and young people as active, engaged local and global citizens. Children in Rights Respecting Schools feel safe in school, respected by and enjoy supportive relationships with the adults who care for them and engaged with their local community, their education and the global agenda.

Over 1.7 million children in the UK go to a Rights Respecting School and over 5,000 schools in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales are working through the Award.

Both quantitative and qualitive results found that Child Rights Education through RRSA often enhances and strengthens effective practice within a school. Rights have been described as a ‘heartbeat’ in school life; like a ‘golden thread’ or ‘stick of rock’ that underpins and informs their practice. In a Rights Respecting School a child rights-based approach underpins school culture, ethos and relationships as well as the more tangible changes to practice, policy and environment. By the third stage of the Award, Gold, schools achieve positive performance across a broad range of outcomes:

  • Children know about their rights and support the rights of others locally and globally.
  • Children feel happier in themselves.
  • Children feel safe in school.
  • Children are engaged in their education.
  • Adults have positive relationships and enjoy their job.

 (Taken from the Unicef Impact Report)

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