RSA Academies Newsletter December 2016

December 8, 2016 / Georgina Chatfield

Welcome to the December newsletter with news from RSA Academies – in this edition we have news about this year’s Takeover Day where students from all seven RSA schools came to London to take over the RSA for the day! The seven schools pitched their social action projects to a friendly team of ‘Dragons’, great project project development and public speaking skills. Find out about the RSA Citizens’ Economic Council roadshow at RSA Academy in Tipton and what the students thought about and understood by ‘economics’. Also featured are CPDL teaching opportunities available through the RSA Academies’ Teaching School Alliance, and see what we are all writing about in the most recent blogs – spoiler – there’s one on grammar schools…

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Building a Citizens’ Economy: RSA Academy talk economics

December 8, 2016 / Roisin Ellison

Built into the Citizens’ Economic Council programme are a series of Inclusion Roadshows that reach out to communities and groups typically marginalised from mainstream economic discourse and decision-making. This recognises the very different ways in which the effects of economic decisions can affect both people and their communities as well as the importance of inclusion […]

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Takeover Day: project pitches impress and inspire

December 5, 2016 / Roisin Ellison

The RSA’s third annual Takeover Day took place on 29th November, with a record number of nine schools (including two prospective schools) ‘taking over’ the RSA. Students from 7 to 17 took part in a programme of tours and workshops led by RSA staff volunteers as well as providing feedback to us on what makes […]

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‘Grammar school’ consultation response

December 2, 2016 / Alison Critchley

The Department for Education’s consultation on grammar schools, entitled without apparent irony “Schools that work for everyone” closes on 12 December 2017.  More than usual with this particular consultation there is a strong sense of ‘why bother?’ Those familiar with the form of DFE consultations will be unsurprised to learn that at no point does […]

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Overcoming challenging circumstances

November 28, 2016 / Georgina Chatfield

The ebullient Vice Principal at Whitley Academy, Stephen Steinhaus has written candidly and practically on how Whitley Academy overcome challenging circumstances with a focus on how in particular they support disadvantaged students in the SSAT this week.   Stephen writes… ‘Sure, we could look at all the indicators of a school in ’challenging circumstances’ and […]

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Whitley featured in Ofsted ‘Getting Ready for Work’ Report

November 25, 2016 / Roisin Ellison

Following Lord Young’s report in 2014, ‘Enterprise for all’, Ofsted have published a report investigating the availability and effectiveness of enterprise education and work-related learning for pupils in secondary schools. In the course of their visits to 40 secondary schools, inspectors looked at how well schools and businesses were engaging with each other and how […]

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English comes alive: performing pedagogy

November 17, 2016 / Georgina Chatfield

This is a blog by Marcello Newman, Creative Learning and Development Intern at the RSA and is also posted on the RSA website. Performing Pedagogy is just one of the many projects carried out through the RSA Academies’ Performing Arts Hub. Teachers and theatre practitioners come together to enrich and enliven English teaching, as part of […]

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MPs hear from RSA Academies

October 20, 2016 / Alison Critchley

MPs from across the political spectrum are currently investigating how well schools prepare young people for their future careers, with a view to making a set of practical recommendations.  To inform this work the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Education held a roundtable session on Wednesday 19 October, chaired by Andrea Jenkyns MP to […]

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Mark Carney’s visit to Whitley Academy

October 11, 2016 / Georgina Chatfield

The Whitley Academy students observed the BBC live production team in action, worked alongside BBC reporters and presenters, and quizzed Mark Carney on issues impacting their families locally. Mr Carney, or perhaps Mr ‘Carnage’ as he later revealed, was very open about himself thanks to the probing questions from the students. The audience learnt everything […]

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RSA Academies Newsletter September 2016

October 4, 2016 / Georgina Chatfield

Welcome to the September newsletter with the latest news from RSA Academies – in this edition we have the culmination of the RSA8 Student Leadership programme, news of an exciting international project connecting teachers to think about parents’ evening, and news on what happened at this years’ Arts Day. Find out how Prof Helen Storey MBE, RDI is working with our schools again, and see what we are all writing about in the most recent blogs…

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