UNICEF UK’S Rights Respecting School Award (RRSA) helps schools to use the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child as their values framework.
This evaluation assessed the impact of the RRSA on the wellbeing and achievement of children and young people in the participating schools and was funded by UNICEF UK through a £68,000 grant from the Department for Education (DfE). Thirty-one schools in England took part in the evaluation; twelve of these were part of a longitudinal study over three years. Findings indicated that the RRSA has had a profound positive effect on the majority of schools involved in the programme. Over 3000 primary and secondary schools across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland are now registered for the award.
This evaluation project commenced in 2007. Research took place over three years and culminated in a final report in 2010.
The main objective of this evaluation project was to assess the impact of the RRSA on the wellbeing and achievement of children and young people in participating schools. The study looked specifically at the following indicators:
Findings from the evaluation demonstrated that:
UNICEF UK has acted on many of the recommendations of the evaluation, including: clarifying expectations in terms of learning about rights; further development of the RSSA Virtual Learning Environment, including the provision of additional guidance and exemplification of approaches to RRSA; and providing examples of assessment criteria and self-evaluation forms to help schools understand the expectations of RRSA.
Dr Carol Robinson
UNICEFProfessor Judy Sebba, Visiting Professor (Education), University of Sussex