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Teaching Tomorrow’s Citizens

February 17, 2017 / Georgina Chatfield

At the end of January, RSA Academies led an talk at the RSA on the topic of teaching tomorrow’s citizens. The event asked: What is the role of schools in preparing citizens of the future? What should citizenship education comprise and how should it be taught? Citizenship education has been transformed in the last 20 […]

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Music reduces anxiety and increases confidence…

February 9, 2017 / Georgina Chatfield

A story on how to push for music. ‘A rich variety of music projects reduces student stress and anxiety; gives opportunities to build teamwork, leadership and musical skills; and helps build skills and confidence. Stephen Steinhaus, Vice Principal of Whitley Academy, explains… I’ll just come right out and say it: we don’t have a music […]

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Role of education in mental health

January 26, 2017 / Alison Critchley

The Houses of Parliament Health Committee is beginning an inquiry into the role of education in promoting well-being, and preventing the development of mental health problems. This is an issue that is close to the hearts of staff, governors, and indeed the pupils themselves at schools across the RSA Family of Academies, and also an […]

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Citizenship Through Practice

January 26, 2017 / Roisin Ellison

Guest blog from Claudia Chwalisz, a Consultant at Populus and member of the panel on the joint event between the RSA and RSA Academies: Last week, I took part in a fascinating RSA panel discussion about teaching tomorrow’s citizens, where we were asked to consider the role of schools in preparing citizens of the future. […]

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Join our team! We are recruiting for a Co-ordinator

January 26, 2017 / Georgina Chatfield

We are delighted to be on the search for a fabulous new person to join our team. We are looking for a proactive and meticulous administrator with a background in financial administration to become the RSA Academies Co-ordinator. The salary is circa £24,924 per annum (commensurate with skills and experience) + benefits (£17,802.86 pro-rata). This would […]

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RSA Academies commenting on league tables

January 24, 2017 / Georgina Chatfield

Last week saw the publication of school performance tables, commonly known as league tables across the country for the first time using Progress 8 and Attainment 8 as measures. No better time then for RSA Academies’ Chief Executive, Alison Critchley to explain to parents across the nation what it means, what the risks of the […]

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Growing imaginations: a half way review…

December 22, 2016 / Georgina Chatfield

As we approach the Christmas holidays and our minds turn to winter colours or reds, greens and golds to inspire our gardens and our homes it is a reflective time of year, we have been doing the same with the Secret Gardeners’ Project. Much planning and digging has taken place, not always in the kindest […]

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RSA Academies Newsletter December 2016

December 8, 2016 / Georgina Chatfield

Welcome to the December newsletter with news from RSA Academies – in this edition we have news about this year’s Takeover Day where students from all seven RSA schools came to London to take over the RSA for the day! The seven schools pitched their social action projects to a friendly team of ‘Dragons’, great project project development and public speaking skills. Find out about the RSA Citizens’ Economic Council roadshow at RSA Academy in Tipton and what the students thought about and understood by ‘economics’. Also featured are CPDL teaching opportunities available through the RSA Academies’ Teaching School Alliance, and see what we are all writing about in the most recent blogs – spoiler – there’s one on grammar schools…

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Building a Citizens’ Economy: RSA Academy talk economics

December 8, 2016 / Roisin Ellison

Built into the Citizens’ Economic Council programme are a series of Inclusion Roadshows that reach out to communities and groups typically marginalised from mainstream economic discourse and decision-making. This recognises the very different ways in which the effects of economic decisions can affect both people and their communities as well as the importance of inclusion […]

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Takeover Day: project pitches impress and inspire

December 5, 2016 / Roisin Ellison

The RSA’s third annual Takeover Day took place on 29th November, with a record number of nine schools (including two prospective schools) ‘taking over’ the RSA. Students from 7 to 17 took part in a programme of tours and workshops led by RSA staff volunteers as well as providing feedback to us on what makes […]

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