Achieving the very best outcomes for all children

Whatever their starting point

RSA Academies will achieve the very best outcomes for all children whatever their starting point.  RSA Academies, and the schools within the RSA Family, are committed to excellence in both standards and distinctiveness:

High standards in learning

High standards meaning that all children at schools in the RSA Family of Academies make excellent progress in their learning throughout their school career, developing deep knowledge and critical thinking skills, and succeeding in SATs, GCSEs and post-16 qualifications.

A distinctive approach

All schools are signed up to a ‘Commitment’ to a distinctive approach to education in three key areas:

Providing a high quality arts and cultural education, and encouraging children to be creative and turn their ideas into action.

Connecting children to, and preparing them for, the world beyond the school gate, by building links in the local community, with businesses,and universities.

Valuing and developing the whole child, with an inclusive approach and a focus on children’s mental health and well-being.

Our vision

Our vision is that over the next three years RSA Academies will become a renowned academy partner, whose distinctive approach is widely understood and increasingly influential in education circles. We will achieve this by creating a family of schools that are high performing in relation to both standards and distinctiveness, and by supporting and encouraging other schools and education policy makers to adopt our successful approaches.

How we work

Our approach is based on a partnership between the RSA and the schools in the RSA Family of Academies.  RSA Academies operates as an umbrella trust with a multi-academy trust and standalone schools.  This means that the individual schools and local multi-academy trust within the group are able to share ideas and provide support and challenge to one another, whilst also retaining the autonomy and flexibility to take decisions that meet the needs of their own local communities.

The RSA Academies team sits at the heart of a powerful network of people and organisations who, by collaborating effectively together, have the potential to improve the life chances of children attending our schools and influence education policy more widely.

RSA Academies’ use this network to support our objectives in three key ways:

Directly deliver programmes

that support the standards and distinctiveness agendas. During 2018/19 we will focus on a small number of high profile events funded directly by RSA Academies, for example Festival of Arts and Creativity and Takeover Day, and also seek external funding for larger scale projects that involve the RSA Academies as part of a wider group of schools

Facilitate school to school support, challenge and networks

in the areas of both standards and distinctiveness. Our focus in 2018/19 will be to ensure that the distinctiveness is reflected in the curriculum as well as in enrichment activities, and on reaching greater numbers of children and teachers by delivering more projects in schools with large groups of pupils, rather than in one-off, off-site events

Trial new approaches and share our findings

During May-August 2018 we will be evaluating the comprehensive approach to mental health project, and then working with the RSA to share our findings and producing a toolkit for other schools to use to be launched during autumn 2018. We will also work to secure external funding to extend other small scale projects to other schools, including the Opening Doors to business project that has run in Redditch and to extend our approaches to social action and pupil leadership from secondary to primary schools.

All RSA Academies, RSA staff, RSA Fellows and partners working on projects with pupils from the RSA Family of Academies should familiarise themselves with the RSA/RSA Academies safeguarding policy.

There are two things that come with being part of the RSA Family. The first is the relationship with the RSA, one of the most exciting organisations in Britain. The second is the relationship between the individual schools, who all bring something different to the mix.

Matthew Taylor, Chief Executive, RSA