Tuesday, 9 February, 2021 - 17:00

DERC seminar to focus on rights-based approaches in schools.

Members may be interested to attend the next in this series of online seminars run by ANGEL partner organisation the Development Education Research Centre.


Taking part in the UK Committee for Unicef's (UNICEF UK) Rights Respecting Schools Award requires schools to use the Convention on the Rights of the Child to teach pupils about their rights and how these apply in terms of their own lives. It is the best known, and certainly the biggest initiative promoting rights-based approaches in UK schools, with over 5000 schools involved. 

This seminar looks at RRSA in detail, specifically addressing the question of how to measure the impact and value of such approaches, but will also include broader discussion about rights-based education and examine the linkages with global education and citizenship education.  

Frances Bestley and Sarah Hamilton (UNICEF UK) will give an initial introduction to the RRSA, covering the aims, processes and levels of the award. The main focus, however, will be on how the impact of achieving the award is measured, with a look at analysis of questionnaire data from children and adults in schools, headteachers' self-evaluation, feedback from visits to schools and information from school inspection reports.

Hugh Starkey (UCL Institute of Education) will then provide a response and commentary on the initiative, drawing on his expertise in Citizenship and Human Rights Education.


This event is to be hosted via Zoom. Registered participants will be emailed a link in the days before the event, and also 30 minutes before as a reminder.
Time after the presentations will be given over to a Q&A with participants. 

Intended audience 

Headteachers, teachers, people interested in children's rights, as well as in measuring impact.

Main image credit: Unicef/Sutton-Hibbert 

ANGEL Network,
Development Education Research Centre (DERC)
UCL Institute of Education
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London WC1H 0AL

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