SEND and the arts: a Creative Gathering

March 22, 2017 / Georgina Chatfield

This is a guest blog written by Marcello Enea Newman, Creative Learning and Development Intern, RSA. This blog also appears on the RSA website. On January 24th at Impact Hub Birmingham, artists, teachers, and fellows from across the West Midlands came together for an experiential workshop of non-verbal theatre and a facilitated discussion on the […]

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Join our team! We are recruiting for a Co-ordinator

March 13, 2017 / Georgina Chatfield

Circa £24,924 per annum (commensurate with skills and experience)+ benefits 35 hours per week,with consideration given to part time hours of 25 hours a week or more, based in London WC2 An exciting opportunity has arisen in the RSA Academies Team for an experienced administrator. You will support the small RSA Academies team, with particular […]

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Happy, healthy schools: mental health update

March 10, 2017 / Georgina Chatfield

We are delighted to announce several new initiatives and ideas under development associated with tackling mental health problems given the increasing need for schools to be better informed and equipped to manage children’s and teachers’ own mental health. Earlier last month we heard that the Pears Foundation agreed to fund a new project, a comprehensive […]

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‘Arts and creativity’ and ‘world beyond school’ commitments

March 7, 2017 / Georgina Chatfield

As part of the evolving journey of RSA Academies and our relationship with our schools and the communities they serve, we have been exploring our ‘distinctiveness’ and asking, ‘what makes an RSA school?’ As a considered response to this we have created two school-wide ‘commitments’; one that relates to the arts, creativity and cultural education […]

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Teaching Tomorrow’s Citizens

February 17, 2017 / Georgina Chatfield

At the end of January, RSA Academies led an talk at the RSA on the topic of teaching tomorrow’s citizens. The event asked: What is the role of schools in preparing citizens of the future? What should citizenship education comprise and how should it be taught? Citizenship education has been transformed in the last 20 […]

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Music reduces anxiety and increases confidence…

February 9, 2017 / Georgina Chatfield

A story on how to push for music. ‘A rich variety of music projects reduces student stress and anxiety; gives opportunities to build teamwork, leadership and musical skills; and helps build skills and confidence. Stephen Steinhaus, Vice Principal of Whitley Academy, explains… I’ll just come right out and say it: we don’t have a music […]

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Role of education in mental health

January 26, 2017 / Alison Critchley

The Houses of Parliament Health Committee is beginning an inquiry into the role of education in promoting well-being, and preventing the development of mental health problems. This is an issue that is close to the hearts of staff, governors, and indeed the pupils themselves at schools across the RSA Family of Academies, and also an […]

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Citizenship Through Practice

January 26, 2017 / Roisin Ellison

Guest blog from Claudia Chwalisz, a Consultant at Populus and member of the panel on the joint event between the RSA and RSA Academies: Last week, I took part in a fascinating RSA panel discussion about teaching tomorrow’s citizens, where we were asked to consider the role of schools in preparing citizens of the future. […]

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RSA Academies commenting on league tables

January 24, 2017 / Georgina Chatfield

Last week saw the publication of school performance tables, commonly known as league tables across the country for the first time using Progress 8 and Attainment 8 as measures. No better time then for RSA Academies’ Chief Executive, Alison Critchley to explain to parents across the nation what it means, what the risks of the […]

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Growing imaginations: a half way review…

December 22, 2016 / Georgina Chatfield

As we approach the Christmas holidays and our minds turn to winter colours or reds, greens and golds to inspire our gardens and our homes it is a reflective time of year, we have been doing the same with the Secret Gardeners’ Project. Much planning and digging has taken place, not always in the kindest […]

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