If at first you don’t succeed… Do you ever?

May 19, 2020 / Hannah Breeze

By Krystal Douglas FRSA In 2015, Warwick University and RSA Academies created a PhD research post focusing on young people’s peer networks and their relationship to higher education aspiration. This four-year studentship was awarded to Krystal Douglas. Since undertaking her research, Krystal has worked with RSA Academies to disseminate her findings to educationalists and young […]

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The Depths of Our History

April 19, 2020 / Adam Richardson

In this blog post for the Contemporary Art Space Project based in the West Midlands, we hear from project curator Josephine Reichert about the impact of the in-school launch of Rudy Loewe’s “The Depths of Our History” held on 4 March 2020. In summer 2019 I was appointed the curator for the Contemporary Art Space […]

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RSA Academies Teaching School Alliance NQT Update

April 8, 2020 / Hannah Breeze

On Saturday 7th March 2020, RSA Academies’ Teaching School Alliance (TSA) held a conference for their cohort of newly qualified teachers (NQT) across the RSA Family and partners schools. The RSA Academies’ TSA recruits and trains new entrants to the teaching profession every year. This is the second time the cohort have met for a CPD […]

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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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Year 1 artworks: 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 Reichert, 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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