RSA Investigate-Ed is a series of short investigations on key education issues. Speedier than a commission approach, but more in-depth than a traditional seminar, these investigations offer policymakers, practitioners and other stakeholders structured spaces to diagnose problems and generate solutions. As well as influencing policy, the investigations also aim to use the RSA’s convening power to inspire new partnerships and practical actions.
Each investigation consists of two intensive two-day summits, with time for background and additional research to support deliberations. The findings from each summit are disseminated in the form of brief reports and video-casts. Moreover, the RSA uses its expertise beyond education, including from our design and social brain teams, as well as engaging our community of RSA Fellows, to ensure that both rigour and creativity lie at the heart of each investigation.
Our first investigation explored a new approach to Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural Education (SMSC) in schools across the UK. Supported by Culham St Gabriel’s Trust, the Gordon Cook Foundation, and the Pears Foundation, the report is available below.
Our current investigation considers how supplementary schools focused on improving ethnic minority attainment might evolve given the relative gains in ethnic minority educational attainment in compulsory attainment. This is being supported by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.
Possible topics for future investigations include:
How can higher education institutions play a greater role in developing the creative capacities of their students and localities?
How can we maximise the collective potential and impact of social enterprises on reducing educational inequality in schools?