We are committed! Arts, culture and creativity in our schools

May 12, 2018 / Georgina Chatfield

As we hit May full on, amidst the bank holidays and half term we are all running full steam ahead with our ambition that our children receive an education that is rich in the arts, design, cultural and creative activities. We are preparing for the RSA Academies’ Festival of Arts and Creativity, Artsfest, which arrives […]

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Song Cycle project underway

May 4, 2018 / Georgina Chatfield

This blog is cross posted from Birmingham Contemporary Music Group: …… BCMG are delighted to be working with the RSA on an exciting project during the 2017-18 academic year spanning all 7 RSA Academies in the West Midlands. The overall aim of the project is to bring together the Academies through the creation and performance of a new song cycle […]

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Response to DfE call for evidence on school exclusion practice

May 4, 2018 / Alison Critchley

“The RSA and RSA Academies are responding to the DfE call for evidence on exclusions, drawing on our combined experience in the education policy field and from working directly with our family of seven RSA Academies. We very much welcome the DfE’s decision to look in more depth at the reasons for the increase in […]

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A snapshot from The Academies Show

May 1, 2018 / Georgina Chatfield

The Academies Show landed at the London ExCeL conference centre last Thursday and here are some headlines from the ‘hot seat’ sessions chaired by Ed Dorrell (find him @Ed_Dorrell @tes): Panel discussion: how do you guarantee moral leadership in a complex system? Debbie Clinton, Acting CEO, Diverse Academies Learning Partnership @DALP_Education Hannah Wilson, Executive Headteacher […]

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#Speaking Up for Speaking!

April 30, 2018 / Adam Richardson

Strong oracy skills – the ability to express oneself clearly when speaking and listen attentively – are essential for success in the world beyond school. All the schools in the RSA Family of Academies are working hard to develop pupils’ oracy. This was an area of focus for the externally led peer reviews last autumn, […]

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RSA Academies’ mental health project in Schools Week

March 29, 2018 / Georgina Chatfield

“Schools struggle to get pupils seen by qualified mental health professionals because training for counsellors focuses too much on treating adults, warns the head of a children’s mental health charity” so starts the article in Schools Week: Mental health charities call for more youth specialists to be trained. The RSA Academies and RSA project on mental […]

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RSA Academies invited to APPG in Education

March 27, 2018 / Roisin Ellison

On 26th March, RSA Academies attended the APPG in Education to hear Rt Hon Anne Milton MP, Minister of State for Apprenticeships and Skills, talk through the government’s new careers strategy. The DfE careers strategy was published in December 2017 in partnership with the Gatsby Charitable Foundation, using the Gatsby eight benchmarks as its ‘spine’, as Anne […]

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Windows of the World

March 22, 2018 / Adam Richardson

To celebrate world poetry day we at the RSA Academies would like to celebrate the amazing work going on across the RSA Family of Academies and the wider RSA organisation with spoken word. As Lemn Sissay puts it, ‘Spoken word is just the latest way to describe the oldest art form’ and here at RSA […]

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Opening Doors Programme recognised in the House of Commons

March 21, 2018 / Georgina Chatfield

We were delighted to hear MP for Redditch, Rachel Maclean, tell the House of Commons about the recent work on careers that the pupils of Ipsley CE RSA Academy, along with Church Hill Middle School have taken part in. The careers programme, Opening Doors, aims to replace traditional careers fairs with new, more impact intensive ways, of […]

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Spreading the Word on Social Action

March 19, 2018 / Alison Critchley

It was a great pleasure to have the opportunity to attend the #Iwill campaign’s planning meeting last week to discuss how to encourage more Birmingham based secondary schools to get involved in social action work. I was joined by a group of pupils from the RSA Academy in Tipton who explained how RSA Academies had […]

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