Mark Carney’s visit to Whitley Academy

October 11, 2016 / Georgina Chatfield

The Whitley Academy students observed the BBC live production team in action, worked alongside BBC reporters and presenters, and quizzed Mark Carney on issues impacting their families locally. Mr Carney, or perhaps Mr ‘Carnage’ as he later revealed, was very open about himself thanks to the probing questions from the students. The audience learnt everything […]

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RSA Academies Newsletter September 2016

October 4, 2016 / Georgina Chatfield

Welcome to the September newsletter with the latest news from RSA Academies – in this edition we have the culmination of the RSA8 Student Leadership programme, news of an exciting international project connecting teachers to think about parents’ evening, and news on what happened at this years’ Arts Day. Find out how Prof Helen Storey MBE, RDI is working with our schools again, and see what we are all writing about in the most recent blogs…

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First Cohort of RSA Academies’ Teacher Trainees Underway

September 30, 2016 / Roisin Ellison

The RSA Academies’ Teaching School Alliance welcomes their first cohort of trainees this September, with 20 trainee teachers starting their placements in one of seven schools in the RSA Family of Academies. The programme lasts for one academic year, during which time the aspiring teachers will undertake two school placements across the Teaching School Alliance. […]

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RSA8 Student Leadership Celebration 2016

September 5, 2016 / Roisin Ellison

The RSA8 Programme is a bespoke programme for year 8 students across the Family of Academies. Throughout the year, each school hosts a session for a different leadership skill element of the programme. Students then attend a residential weekend at Warwick University to put together a social action project that will have an impact on their own school community. […]

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Creativity in the Classroom

September 5, 2016 / Roisin Ellison

The RSA report ‘Giving Schools the Power to Create’ argues that it is essential that we empower young people to turn their ideas into action and their aspirations into reality and that schools should be developing the creative capacities of both their learners and educators to achieve this. Based on this, Roisin Ellison, co-author of the […]

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GCSE Results 2016

August 25, 2016 / Roisin Ellison

Congratulations to students in our RSA academies receiving their GCSE results today! As the national picture emerges here are some of our schools’ successes. Holyhead School students are celebrating their fantastic GCSE results today. 67% of students achieved a C or above in English and maths and 61% achieved 5+ A*-C inc English and maths. On the […]

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A-level Results 2016

August 18, 2016 / Roisin Ellison

Students at Arrow Vale RSA Academy have achieved the schools’ best ever A level results. The average grade per subject is the highest ever, as is the average points score each student achieved in total. All students have gained their University entry requirements, with none in clearing.  Guy Shears, Executive Principal, said “we are delighted […]

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Exam results: what to expect and what questions to ask

August 17, 2016 / Georgina Chatfield

Anticipation is riding high for young people across the country today as they plunge back to reality from summer holidaying for tomorrow’s A-level results with GCSEs following on next week. All that hard work (or maybe not so hard) is about to become public as students find out whether they’ve got what they need to […]

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Developing a project design process: learning from Arts Day

July 29, 2016 / Georgina Chatfield

As someone at the ‘action’ end of the RSA spectrum when it comes to action and research it is always worth remembering the benefits of reflecting and reviewing before rushing into the next event or must-do-thing-on-your-list. It is best done through a process of evaluation with others and self-reflection. Recently this has been both a […]

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‘Good’ News!

July 25, 2016 / Vishal Panchmatia

The hard work and effort put in by all staff and students at RSA Academy Tipton has been rewarded with the school being confirmed as a ‘Good School’ by Ofsted. Ofsted praised a ‘culture and ethos where staff have high expectations of themselves and their pupils’. The school achieved good in all areas. Particular praise […]

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