The Level 1 Rights Respecting Schools Award is the second stage of the award (after Recognition of Commitment)

The Level 1 Award is granted by Unicef UK to schools that show good progress towards embedding children’s rights in the school’s policy, practice and ethos, as outlined in our four standards and in our Expected Outcomes at Level 1.

When you have been awarded your RRSA Recognition of Commitment, the next step is to work towards achieving Level 1 of the Rights Respecting Schools Award. You will be awarded your Level 1 after an assessment visit by a Unicef UK assessor.

Achieving Level 1 means there is evidence that:

  • your school is explicitly embedding the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in its policy, practice and culture
  • you are putting into action and developing the plans outlined on your Level 1 Audit and Action Plan which you submitted to get your ROC.
  • you are beginning to see the positive impact of these actions on children, young people and staff, and also on the school’s ethos, practice and environment
  • you are promoting knowledge and understanding of the Convention throughout your school community
  • children and young people are beginning to see themselves as rights-respecting global citizens and advocates for fairness and children’s rights locally and globally.


We are now working towards our Level 2 Award.