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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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Whitley Academy: Professional Exploration Groups

July 13, 2016 / Roisin Ellison

On Wednesday 22nd June, Whitley held their annual CPD celebration event. This event showcased the wonderful range of activities that Whitley staff have done throughout the year, including many fascinating action-research projects. Below is an explanation from CPD lead Matthew Purslow on how the programme works. Professional Exploration Groups (PEG) received ‘dedicated’ calendared CPD time […]

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Design and technology get real

July 9, 2016 / Georgina Chatfield

Graphic Novel Using Digital Design and Technology Black County Atelier’s latest collaboration with the RSA Academy in Tipton has seen BCA work with the Academy on their latest REAL project (this stands for rigorous, engaging, authentic, learning). Project overview REAL Projects is a design for learning that connects deep subject content with real world problem solving. REAL Projects […]

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RSA Academies Newsletter July 2016

July 6, 2016 / Georgina Chatfield

Welcome to the July newsletter featuring the latest update from RSA Academies – in this edition we have the full results of the teacher questionnaire who tell us what it means to be a teacher at an RSA school, the winner of the second-ever hotly fought after RSA Cup, Whitley Academy’s success at debating at Warwick University, Georgina von Eztdorf RDI’s printmaking project at RSA Academy in Tipton, and more.

Given the recent EU referendum vote to advising that the UK leave the European Union we also feature a latest blogs special on Brexit with different perspectives on this outcome, education and ‘place’.

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Pupils Turn Ideas into Action: a glimmer of hope post-Brexit

July 5, 2016 / Roisin Ellison

In November 2015, the RSA Academies team held their annual Takeover Day, with students from across our seven academies in the West Midlands descending onto the RSA in London to ‘take over’. Part of the programme for the day gave each school the opportunity to pitch a school or community project in front of a […]

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RSA Cup 2016 – and the winner is…

July 5, 2016 / Vishal Panchmatia

For the second consecutive year, students across the RSA Family of Academies competed for the RSA Cup on Friday 1 July, with Holyhead School the reigning champions. Before the final round, the four teams faced each other in an elimination round consisting of quick fire questions. Quick thinking and accuracy were the characteristics that would prove […]

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Takeover Day Projects: pupils turn their ideas into action

July 5, 2016 / Roisin Ellison

Takeover Day is an annual event which all RSA academies take part in and where students from each school are given the opportunity to pitch a school or community-based project for a cash prize. Read about how Takeover Day 2015 went here, which includes details of all the different projects that were presented by each […]

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Teacher Questionnaire: findings and next steps

July 4, 2016 / Roisin Ellison

The RSA Academies Teacher Questionnaire went out to all staff at Arrow Vale, Whitley, RSA Academy and Holyhead in January 2016 and received 115 responses. A summary of the findings and next steps can be found here. The report contains the following sections: background information, professional development, school climate and job satisfaction, how RSA Academies is […]

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