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VIRTUAL EVENT: Rights-based approaches in schools: Unicef UK's Rights Respecting School Award

09 February 2021, 5:00 pm–6:30 pm

Teacher standing in front of primary class. Image: Phil Meech for UCL Institute of Education

This seminar looks at Unicef UK's Rights Respecting Schools Award (RRSA), specifically addressing how to measure the impact and value of rights-based approaches in schools.

This event is free.

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Taking part in Unicef UK's RRSA 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 event will look at the award in detail. It will also include a broader discussion about rights-based education and will examine the links with global education and citizenship education.

DERC seminar series 

The Development Education Research Centre (DERC) hosts a seminar series to examine new thinking and discussion on development education, global learning and global citizenship.


Image: Phil Meech for UCL Institute of Education

About the Speakers

Frances Bestley

Programme Director for the RRSA at Unicef UK

Frances joined Unicef UK in May 2010. Her role is to implement the RRSA, leading a team of fourteen.

Prior to this, Frances worked for the Department for Children, Schools and Families National Strategies Programme. She has also previously worked as a local authority mathematics advisor, a secondary school senior leader and a mathematics teacher.

Frances has a Masters in Equity and Achievement from the UCL Institute of Education. 

Dr Sarah Hamilton

Research, Evaluation and Participation Manager at Unicef UK

Sarah joined Unicef UK in 2016 and works to support the gathering and use of evidence to understand and demonstrate our impact in the UK, including through the RRSA programme.

Prior to this, Sarah has worked primarily in the field of mental health research, with a strong emphasis on co-produced and participative research methodologies.

She has worked on a wide range of research projects and evaluations in health, social care and education settings. Sarah has a PhD in sociology which explored interactions in a psychiatric setting, and a MA in Human Rights. Sarah is also a governor of a primary special school in South London.

Hugh Starkey

Professor of Citizenship and Human Rights Education at the UCL Institute of Education

Hugh is also founding co-director of the International Centre for Education and Democratic Citizenship (ICEDC). He is editor of London Review of Education.

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