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Two weeks ago I had the privilege of supporting 40 student leaders from the RSA Family of Academies who came together to discuss ‘Enrichment Though Student Leadership’.  Students delved into question webs and explored what it meant to be a student leader in their schools before settling down to plan and devise their own enrichment activities.  My colleague Temi Ogunye has written a post about the event and can tell you  that the Family of Academies are in the process of deciding if they should support RSA-lympics or the myriad of other creative and exciting project ideas that students created.

The Student Leadership Conference was supported by RSA Fellow Matt Kepple of fame.  Matt gave students a whirlwind tour of his experiences at school, university and beyond and highlighted the importance of being a leader and making the most of your opportunities.  The best parts of school for Matt were the extras that enriched his experiences and expanded his horizons.  These experiences highlighted the benefits of extra-curricular activities and showed him that you benefit most when you dip your toe and give something a go. Through university he held onto this philosophy and came out the other end with a bank of friends, experiences and knowledge which reminds us that we should always think holistically about education.  Matt also took the time to speak with students over lunch about his experiences and may even have been persuaded to head to one of our academies to support their enterprise group.

My role with the Family of Academies is to support as may interactions between Fellows and students, teachers and the Academies as possible. I am always looking for Fellows to support the RSA and the schools to enrich, enliven and enhance time at school.  If you would like to know more please contact me by email at or on twitter where I’m @pickfordrich


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