Youth-led social action

Making a difference to schools and communities

What is RSA4?

RSA4 is a pupil-led youth social action project for Year 4 pupils across RSA Academies and local schools. It provides pupils with a chance to identify, research and take action on a social issue that will make a positive difference to their school and the local community.

Our RSA4 programme will develop a sustainable primary social action programme with Year 4 pupils that will be student-led and high-quality. Most importantly the programme will deliver a ‘double-benefit’ by creating positive social change for the wider community, as well as empowering those young people leading the action. RSA4 is taking lessons learnt from the RSA Academies’ long-running social action programme for Year 8 pupils, RSA8 – now in its fifth year.

The programme is first being developed and tested in four first schools in the West Midlands, including two RSA schools, Abbeywood First School and Sutton Park Primary RSA Academy, and two neighbouring schools, Woodrow First School and Charford First School.

RSA4 works with 40 pupil leaders across the participating schools for more intensive workshop training on leadership skills including problem-solving, teamwork, communication. Pupil Leaders then take this learning back to their schools to share these new skills with their peers and to come together to implement their social action project within the community as a whole year-group.

RSA4 not only supports pupil development but also provides teachers with the skills and confidence to build youth social action into the ethos of their school through specific training and support from expert organisation including Association of Citizenship Teaching,  As Creatives, Challenge Academy and WE Schools

Growing RSA4

During the academic year 2019 – 2020 we will grow the programme to a further 6 schools within the West Midlands region, particular within Redditch, Kidderminster and Worcester.

Long term, we intend to encourage more primary schools to get involved in social action work by sharing our learning through a project report and toolkit. We hope that these resources will enable other schools to benefit and introduce more children to youth social action.

If you would like to know more about the RSA4 project please contact Hannah Breeze.


With thanks to Pears #iwill Fund, the RSA and RSA Academies will be working together for the next two years to investigate what meaningful social action looks like at primary school level through the RSA4 project.

– The #iwill Fund is made possible thanks to £40 million joint investment from The National Lottery Community Fund and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) to support young people to access high-quality social action opportunities. Pears Foundation is acting as a match funder and awarding grants on behalf of the #iwill Fund.

– The #iwill Fund brings together a group of organisations who all contribute funding to embed meaningful social action into the lives of young people.

– The #iwill Fund supports the aims of the #iwill campaign – to make involvement in social action a part of life for young people, by recognising the benefit for both young people and their communities.

– By bringing together funders from across different sectors and by making sure that young people have a say in where the funding goes – the #iwill Fund is taking a collaborative approach.

Schools involved:

Sutton Park Primary RSA Academy

Abbeywood First School

Project details:

Date Started November 2018
Date Finished ongoing
Project Funder Pears #iwill Fund