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RSA Academies and Careers Education

March 7, 2016 / Roisin Ellison

Preparing young people for the world of work beyond school Today marks the first day of National Careers Week (7th-11th March). Founded by RSA Fellow Nick Newman, this is an annual awareness-raising week, celebrating careers guidance and encouraging education providers to bring together students, local employers and advisers through careers events and activities. Schools have […]

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RSA Pupil Design Awards 2015-16: Winners

February 22, 2016 / Georgina Chatfield

“The RSA Pupil Design Awards are centrally about the power of social design, but it is ultimately about helping pupils realise that they have the power look at the world and make things better. What better education to give to a pupil?” – Rethinking the boundaries of design   At the beginning of the school […]

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Arrow Vale students blog on participation and democracy

February 5, 2016 / Roisin Ellison

On Monday 1st February, 28 students from Arrow Vale RSA Academy visited the RSA after having received a workshop on participation and democracy at the Houses of Parliament. While year 9 and 10 students toured the RSA archives and practised their debating skills, a group of 10 sixth form student leaders got stuck into blogging […]

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Response to Department for Education’s EBacc consultation

January 28, 2016 / Alison Critchley

The Department for Education is consulting on a new expectation that at least 90% of pupils in English state schools should study the English Baccalaureate (EBacc) qualifications to GCSE. The joint response from RSA Academies and the RSA is reproduced below. It argues that decisions about which subjects to study should be left to pupils, in consultation […]

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Peter Clegg RDI & Andrew Grant RDI at Abbeywood & Church Hill

January 11, 2016 / Georgina Chatfield

On Friday 8 January 2016, the first creative workshop bringing students from Abbeywood First School and Church Hill Middle School together with Peter Clegg RDI and Andrew Grant RDI was held, some of it in the bracing January outdoors! Their brief? To come up with ideas for a sculpture that will sit outside between the entrance […]

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Welcome Abbeywood and Church Hill to RSA Academies

January 4, 2016 / Alison Critchley

We are delighted to welcome two new schools to the RSA Family of Academies – Abbeywood First School and Church Hill Middle School in Redditch. Abbeywood serves pupils from Reception to Year 4 (3-9 year olds) and Church Hill serves pupils from Year 5 to Year 9 (9-14 year olds). The growth with Abbeywood and Church […]

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RSA Academies Internship

December 18, 2015 / Roisin Ellison

Circa £17,108 per annum (equivalent to the London Living Wage, pro rata) + benefits 35 hours per week (part time working 0.8+ considered) Based in London WC2 with regular travel to the West Midlands The RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) is an enlightenment organisation committed to finding innovative practical […]

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When the numbers don’t add up – the teacher shortage situation

December 15, 2015 / Alison Critchley

One of the significant advantages of the RSA compared to a traditional ‘think tank’ is that it works with a Family of Academies. Our work in the education arena can therefore inform, and is informed by, the direct experience of educational professionals working in schools. When it came to discussing the theme for this year’s […]

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#Dress4ourTime: a different form of learning

December 11, 2015 / Georgina Chatfield

On Friday 27 November we held a special schools’ day interrogating and being inspired by ‘A Dress for our Time’ at St Pancras Station in London. Building on the relationship with the Helen Storey Foundation and the body of work produced by Prof Helen Storey MBE RDI which RSA schools have explored through the Field of […]

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Takeover Day Take 2!

December 1, 2015 / Roisin Ellison

For the second annual RSA Academies Takeover Day, held on 18th November, 60 students from across our Family of Academies travelled down from the West Midlands (including our two new schools, Abbeywood First School and Church Hill Middle School) to ‘take over’ the RSA. To start, students were given tours of the historic building and […]

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