Year 4 Pupil Lead the Way for Community Change

March 9, 2020 / Hannah Breeze

Over the past six weeks,100 Year 4 pupils have attended a series of social action training workshops to help them become ambassadors for positive change in their communities and schools. The children taking part in the workshops, each of whom were selected for their peer leadership potential, have come together with ten West Midlands schools […]

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Coffee & I: a tale of routine, expectations and identity

March 6, 2020 / Georgina Chatfield

It was Friday 14 February and we all fell in love with Coffee & I. Pupils from the RSA Academy in Tipton, Holyhead School and Ipsley CE RSA Academy were absorbed by the fusion of Japanese and English sounds, the intricate movement of the actors and the anticipation of the unknown – what was this? […]

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What’s the role of teachers in youth-led social action?

February 12, 2020 / Hannah Breeze

The blog is published on The RSA website. Social action empowers young people to turn ideas into actions such as campaigning, fundraising and volunteering. Based on the #iwill campaign’s six high-quality principles, youth-led social action should be practical action taken for the benefit of others that is ‘led, owned and shaped by young people’s needs, ideas […]

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February Newsletter

February 11, 2020 / Hannah Breeze

Welcome to the RSA Academies’ February newsletter. Read about pupils taking over RSA House for Take over Day, schools as contemporary art spaces, and blogs from the RSA Education Team.

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We were born to stand out not to fit in

February 11, 2020 / Georgina Chatfield

One term in on the Contemporary Art Space Project We are now nearly at Spring half term and mostly on schedule! Working in partnership with Iniva (the Institute of International Visual Arts) we have all the vital elements now in place, Josie Reichart, director of Ort Gallery in Birmingham appointed as curator, and three artists, […]

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Takeover Day 2019

January 31, 2020 / Adam Richardson

On 26 November 2019, 64 pupils and staff from across the RSA Academies took part in the annual Takeover Day at RSA House, London. Takeover Challenge is an national initiative set up by the Children’s Commissioner to put children and young people into real-life decision-making positions in organisations. Children gain a valuable insight and gain […]

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Expanding Social Action to More Primary Schools

January 24, 2020 / Hannah Breeze

This week RSA Academies welcomed ten schools to participate in the second year of our RSA4 project to help Year 4 students take part in meaningful ‘youth social action’. What is RSA4? Youth Social action is practical action taken by young people for the benefit of others or the environment, for example, fundraising for a […]

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RSA Enlightenment History Day

January 23, 2020 / Hannah Breeze

A fantastic day was enjoyed by History students from both RSA academies, Arrow Vale and The RSA Academy when they visited RSA House on 21st November for an interactive day to learn about the Enlightenment period. With the RSA’s own rich history during the Enlightenment period, it was the perfect opportunity for pupils to explore […]

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Finding my voice on the climate strike march

December 16, 2019 / Georgina Chatfield

Hannah Lee, a sixth form student at Arrow Vale RSA Academy in Redditch writes a personal account about her journey to London to participate in the Global Climate Strike march. The weather is unusually pleasant for a late September morning. I recall that I haven’t felt nervous on my routine walk to the bus stop before. […]

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So you want to be a… Medic?

November 20, 2019 / Hannah Breeze

On the 22nd October, RSA Academies and Black Country Careers Hub hosted a special careers workshop for pupils from RSA Academy and Holyhead School, as well as 14 wider schools across the Black Country. The workshop provided over 100 pupils from across Year 9 – 12 with an opportunity to gain new insight into careers […]

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