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RSA Academies lead discussion on university and equality

February 14, 2018 / Georgina Chatfield

Held at the RSA on 1 February in partnership with Warwick University, chaired by Alison Critchley, Chief Executive RSA Academies and including Samirah Roberts, Head of Sixth Form at Holyhead School. Watch again on Facebook. Why are disadvantaged students still underrepresented in our universities, and what can we do about it? Despite efforts by universities […]

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Schools should be allowed to leave MATs in 5 years

February 12, 2018 / Georgina Chatfield

Alison Critchley, Chief Executive of RSA Academies published in the Tes today. Taken from the Tes website: A ‘transfer window’ would result in a truly school-led system that supports struggling schools. For the embryonic multi-academy trust system to mature successfully, schools should be given a window of opportunity to leave their trust after five years, one chief executive […]

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Performing Pedagogies

January 18, 2018 / Georgina Chatfield

This is a blog written by Mark Londesborough, Associate Director, Creative Learning and Development. It is cross-posted on the RSA website. Artist roles in teacher CPDL As part of the RSA’s Performing Arts Hub project, a number of West Midlands primary schools, including some of the RSA academies have worked with drama practitioners to embed […]

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RSA Academies December 2017 Newsletter

December 13, 2017 / Roisin Ellison

Welcome to the December edition of the RSA Academies newsletter – in this edition, we have an exciting account of our Takeover Day 2017, an update on the peer reviews in oracy, a new report from the education team and a blog on our Opening Doors to Business project, including a date for the launch. Lastly, there […]

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Ideas into action – Takeover Day 2017

December 5, 2017 / Adam Richardson

On Thursday 30 November we hosted the RSA Family of Academies at RSA House to celebrate our 4th annual Takeover Day. This year the seven schools in the Family of Academies were joined by Wilkes Green Junior School, a feeder school for Holyhead. The day serves as a great opportunity for pupils and staff from the […]

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Peer Reviews for Oracy

December 4, 2017 / Roisin Ellison

During the course of this term, teachers from all seven schools in the RSA Family of Academies have been involved in externally led peer review visits to other schools in the Family. These reviews are a regular feature of RSA Academies’ work with our schools, and have three purposes: To give the schools’ leadership teams […]

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Opening Doors for Business

December 4, 2017 / Roisin Ellison

Redditch Businesses Open Their Doors to RSA Schools Following a successful pilot in Redditch last summer, RSA Academies is now planning for even more young people to have the opportunity to find out about life working in local businesses in 2018. The launch event for Opening Doors to Business 2018 will be held at the […]

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Governors and leading in spite of Ofsted

October 6, 2017 / Adam Richardson

Alison Critchley has the pleasure of speaking at the Education Britain Summit this week in Manchester. Here is her account of the day: I was asked to talk about leadership in complex times, and in particular governors’ role in leadership, reflecting on the lessons of the RSA’s recent report on school governance.  I talked briefly about the important […]

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RSA Academies Newsletter September 2017

September 18, 2017 / Roisin Ellison

Welcome to the September edition of the RSA Academies newsletter – in this edition we have news about the comprehensive approach to mental health training that has just been launched. We also have an update on the Teaching School Alliance, exam results and a refresher on our two commitments, including updated resource packs. Lastly, there are […]

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TSA Update September 2017

September 13, 2017 / Roisin Ellison

Initial Teacher Training A huge welcome to our new cohort of 20 trainees for 2017/18. Our trainees will be with us until June and complete two placements in that time in one of schools within our TSA. To get a flavour of what it’s like to train at an RSA school through the TSA, here’s […]

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