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6 Principles for effective social action in schools

September 3, 2019 / Hannah Breeze

How can you judge the quality of work done for the local community? That’s the question we’ve been trying to answer in our RSA4 project, which runs social action projects for Year 4 pupils. So how are we defining ‘high-quality social action’? Social action is practical action such as campaigning, fundraising and volunteering, all of […]

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RSA Academies RSA4 Road-trip: Charford First School

July 18, 2019 / Hannah Breeze

Last Thursday we completed the final leg of the RSA4 road-trip. Over the past month, we have been visiting all of the schools participating in our primary youth social action programme RSA4 to see how pupils’ projects have progressed. Each of the schools have led their own individual actions from raising money towards a local […]

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RSA Academies RSA4 Road-trip: Abbeywood First School

July 16, 2019 / Hannah Breeze

For the third leg of the RSA4 road-trip, we headed to Abbeywood First School in Redditch to see pupils’ progress on their mindfulness garden. Over the past six months, 10 Year 4 Pupil Leaders and their wider class peers have been participating in the RSA4 youth social action project. Back in March, the Pupil Leaders […]

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RSA Academies RSA4 Road-trip: Woodrow First School

June 20, 2019 / Hannah Breeze

On our second leg of the RSA4 road trip, RSA Academies made a very special visit to Woodrow First School to catch up with Year 4 pupils on their youth social action project. Tackling difficult social issues First, I want to take you back a few weeks ago to a lunch meeting I attended for […]

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RSA4 Primary Social Action Road-trip: Sutton Park RSA Academy

June 17, 2019 / Hannah Breeze

On a very wet and windy Tuesday, RSA Academies set out on the first visit of the RSA4 road-trip. Over the next month, we’ll be visiting all of the participating schools to see how they are getting on with their primary youth social action projects. It was exactly what we needed to brighten our day. […]

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RSA4 Social Action Planning Day at University of Worcester

April 8, 2019 / Hannah Breeze

On Friday 29th March, 40 Year 4 Pupil Leaders came together for a special RSA4 social action workshop at the University of Worcester. RSA4 is a new primary social action programme run across four West Midlands schools including Abbeywood First School RSA Academy, Charford First School, Sutton Park Primary RSA Academy, and Woodrow First School. […]

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What role can schools play in developing young people’s social agency?

March 22, 2019 / Hannah Breeze

Over the past few weeks 40 Year 4 pupils have come together for a series of RSA4 workshops that have centred on developing character traits and soft skills to deliver positive social change through youth social action. It seems only fitting that in the same timeframe we’ve seen the recent Schools Strike 4 Climate movement […]

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RSA4 Learn to Lead

February 15, 2019 / Hannah Breeze

In the last few days of Student Volunteering Week 2019 (11 – 17 February), RSA Academies launched the very first RSA4 Pupil Leaders Workshop. With the support of the Pears #iwill Fund, the RSA and RSA Academies are working together for the next two years to launch RSA4 and investigate what high-quality youth social action […]

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RSA8 Students Lead the Way

February 12, 2019 / Hannah Breeze

This week marks Student Volunteering Week (11– 17 February 2019), so what better way to start than reflecting on the RSA8 Student Leadership University Planning day. On Friday 1 February, 50 Year 8 students from across five schools in the RSA Family of Academies, RSA Academy Tipton, Holyhead School, Ipsley CE RSA Academy, Church Hill Middle […]

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Into Action! High Quality Social Action in Primary Schools

November 15, 2018 / Roisin Ellison

It is nearing the end of another amazing action-packed #iwill week (a UK-wide celebration of the impact young people are making through youth social action), providing us with a timely opportunity to announce an exciting new programme of work in this area at the RSA. With thanks to the Pears Foundation ‘Pears #iwill Fund’, the […]

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Teaching Tomorrow’s Citizens

February 17, 2017 / Georgina Chatfield

At the end of January, RSA Academies led an talk at the RSA on the topic of teaching tomorrow’s citizens. The event asked: What is the role of schools in preparing citizens of the future? What should citizenship education comprise and how should it be taught? Citizenship education has been transformed in the last 20 […]

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