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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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School leaders need more support teaching LGBT content

July 5, 2019 / Georgina Chatfield

This blog is also posted on the RSA website. How schools should teach students about Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) content and relationships has been in the news following recent protests. The public attention comes as schools are considering changes they might need to make in response to the Department for Education’s (DfE) new […]

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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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Developing teacher researchers

May 22, 2019 / Georgina Chatfield

The RSA Academies’ Teaching School Alliance teacher trainees are gearing up towards the end of their training year now and yesterday, as part of their design thinking research module, had the opportunity to practice their presentations on their chosen research topic. In four weeks time they will formally present their methods and findings to a […]

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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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Spreading the Word on Social Action

March 19, 2018 / Alison Critchley

It was a great pleasure to have the opportunity to attend the #Iwill campaign’s planning meeting last week to discuss how to encourage more Birmingham based secondary schools to get involved in social action work. I was joined by a group of pupils from the RSA Academy in Tipton who explained how RSA Academies had […]

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RSA Academies commenting on league tables

January 24, 2017 / Georgina Chatfield

Last week saw the publication of school performance tables, commonly known as league tables across the country for the first time using Progress 8 and Attainment 8 as measures. No better time then for RSA Academies’ Chief Executive, Alison Critchley to explain to parents across the nation what it means, what the risks of the […]

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And the B34T goes on…

May 27, 2016 / Georgina Chatfield

This blog was written by Sherene Meir and is also posted on the RSA website.  The RSA Academies’ Performing Arts Hub are excited to be working with Beatfreeks on a project engaging students and teachers from the RSA Academies to develop school cultures of music making. Beatfreeks is an award winning social enterprise run by RSA […]

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Gathering Momentum: The Performing Arts Hub hosts its first Creative Gathering

May 27, 2016 / Georgina Chatfield

This blog by Sherene Meir is also posted on the RSA website. As part of the RSA Academies’ Performing Arts Hub’s work to connect teachers and the arts and culture community in the West Midlands, we held our first Creative Gathering at mac in Birmingham last week. There were representatives from around 15 different arts […]

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RSA Pupil Design Awards 2015-16: Winners

February 22, 2016 / Georgina Chatfield

“The RSA Pupil Design Awards are centrally about the power of social design, but it is ultimately about helping pupils realise that they have the power look at the world and make things better. What better education to give to a pupil?” – Rethinking the boundaries of design   At the beginning of the school […]

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The power to create: if not us, who? if not now, when?

September 11, 2015 / Georgina Chatfield

This is a guest blog written by Stephen Steinhaus, Vice Principal, Whitley Academy.   As part of the second annual RSA Academies’ Arts Day in July,Whitley Academy Vice Principal, Stephen Steinhaus and Upton Blues Festival Chairman, Oliver Carpenter, both working musicians in their own right, were asked to co-deliver a keynote “address” on the topic […]

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RSA8 – recruiting student leaders!

September 7, 2015 / Alison Critchley

With the start of the new school year, schools across the RSA Family of Academies are recruiting a new cohort of pupils to take part in RSA8, our Year 8 leadership programme. Last year’s programme culminated in a fabulous celebration in July, with the students from each of the Academies (with Year 8 cohorts) coming […]

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Redditch schools consult on joining RSA Family

May 18, 2015 / Alison Critchley

Two schools in Redditch, Abbeywood First School and Church Hill Middle School, are currently consulting parents, staff and local schools on converting to Academy status as part of the Redditch RSA Trust. The plans, if they go ahead, would see these two schools working even more closely with one another and with Arrow Vale and […]

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Takeover Day

November 25, 2014 / Roisin Ellison

This year, the RSA decided to take part in the nationwide Takeover Day for the first time, inviting 60 academies students through its doors to ‘take over’ the RSA. The aim of Takeover Day is to give young people the chance to get involved in organisations

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Year 8 Student Leadership Programme update

November 17, 2014 / Georgina Chatfield

RSA8 is a bespoke programme designed for the RSA Family of Academies. The programme includes a series of workshops taking place across the Family, with reciprocal visits for the 10 students from each of the Academies taking part in the programme.  The workshops have been planned in collaboration with RSA Fellows who wish to get involved with […]

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Student Leadership Conference 2013

June 3, 2014 / Georgina Chatfield

Students from Arrow Vale RSA Academy, Whitley Academy and RSA Academy, Tipton had very early starts to get to the RSA in London to take part in the second annual Student Leadership Conference.  Joined by RSA Fellows, Duncan Piper, Marie Nixon, Rick Hall and Asma Shah who told personal stories about leadership, the students led […]

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