Giving opportunities for student leaders through social action.
Student Leadership is a significant element of the RSA Family of Academies joint working agenda. The RSA8 Programme is a bespoke programme co-ordinated by Arvind Batra at RSA Academy in Tipton and is an opportunity for the students to interact with each other, and come together under a common framework. The aim of the programme is to generate interest in leadership, especially in students from a disadvantaged background, from a young age, with a view to inspiring these young people to become the leaders of the future.
Each session takes place in a different RSA Academy with students visiting each academy for a different leadership skill element of the programme. With the training completed, students visit the University of Warwick in order to put together a social action project to test their newly gained skills to have a wider impact on their own school community. We then hold a formal celebration at the end of the programme where students from each of the Academies are encouraged to evaluate and present the outcomes of their project to their peers, parents, principals, governors and Fellows.
All of the projects reflect the ethos of the RSA to bring social change to our communities and to inspire a new generation to become socially conscious individuals with the skills to support this change. The programme is now in its sixth year and has inspired a primary version known as RSA4.
Tom, a participant in the programme from the RSA Academy in Tipton, reflecting on the programme explained that, ‘The RSA8 has been a great experience for me. It has taught me the value of teamwork to accomplish goals. I have made numerous new friends from this group and the other schools. I feel more confident now than I did at the beginning of the year.’
If you would like to know more about the RSA8 Student Leadership programme please contact Hannah Breeze, Senior Programme Coordinator.
If you would be interested in supporting this programme please do get in touch. We are especially keen to hear from RSA Fellows who are interested in engaging with our schools on leadership and social action.