RSA8 Student Leadership Programme 2018

At the RSA Academies we encourage pupils to become active participants in their own communities. Nothing epitomises this more than the distinctive RSA8 Student Leadership programme. RSA8 takes year 8 students from across the RSA Family of Academies and asks them to create and run their own social action project, addressing a key issue in their local area.

Each school hosts at least one session throughout the year, giving the programme a greater sense of togetherness across the schools. Coupled with a residential day at Warwick University, the pupils experience a wide range of workshops and inspiring talks designed to build their confidence and leadership skills. The programme includes sessions on oracy and project development. These skills are all showcased at the end of the RSA8 programme in the summer.

This year we used the RSA8 evaluation day at Holyhead School as an opportunity for the pupils to showcase their projects to the other schools. The social action projects this year delved into a variety of social issues, both within their schools and wider into their communities.

The RSA Academy, Tipton students spoke about an arts competition promoting respect. Their aim was to initiate a conversation about respect throughout the school by getting other students to create artwork with respect as the theme. They received 31 entries and no doubt ignited many more conversations promoting respect within the school. Ipsley CE RSA Academy raised money for charity through a series of fundraisers including a three-legged race around the sports track.

Holyhead School planted flowers in a community garden, turning what used to be a derelict area into a beautiful place to unwind for students and staff alike. Church Hill Middle School and Whitley Academy both chose to run programmes designed to clean up their local areas and promote more environmentally friendly attitudes in their communities.

The RSA8 cohort have put in an incredible amount of hard work this year. Well done to all of them and to the staff who have helped steer the programme in each of the schools. You have all changed your communities for the better and with any luck, you’ve inspired the next group of RSA8 participants to follow in your steps!