Following the successful creation of the first RSA Academy in Tipton, in 2012 we established the RSA Academies to create a unique relationship between the RSA and a number of schools and contribute to the RSA’s social mission and education aims. Working directly with schools gives the RSA insight into which areas of policy need exploring, and provides us with both inspiration for and reality checks on ideas for practical innovations. Working with the RSA gives schools a chance to participate in research, projects and networks that will bring benefits to pupils and staff and influence education beyond their own school.
We have also carried out research to explore the implications of mass academisation on England’s school system. Our paper on balancing autonomy, collaboration and accountability outlined the rationale for the RSA Family of Academies. Our Academies Commission placed academisation within a compelling and practical vision for England’s education system. We maintain an interest in these issues, and how school autonomy and collaboration can best work for all schools and pupils.
RSA Academies website