We are known for our thought leadership

RSAcademics has worked with more than 700 leading schools and education organisations around the world. Our pioneering research studies are based on our in-depth understanding of the schools’ sector and include:

  • Ten Trends, an assessment of the factors shaping independent education, produced in association with Coutts
  • The Art of Headship and The Art of International School Headship, deep-dive research reports looking at what makes a great Head
  • Our leadership reports, examining the qualities and skills needed for effective leadership in UK and international schools and present key learnings to support school leaders in their roles

September 2021

Governors' Update

This free termly update is filled with high-quality executive summaries of key information for Governors.

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October 2020

What's happened to student rolls in our schools this term?

An deep-dive into student enrolment numbers in independent schools in the autumn 2020 term.

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August 2020

The parents' perspective during the pandemic

A report on how parents feel about independent schools’ response during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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September 2019

How and why families choose schools in Dubai

In 2019 we conducted a research study in Dubai to understand why and how families choose schools in this dynamic, competitive private schools market.

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2018

Managing a school leadership transition

Ten key questions and research insights for Chairs, Governors and Heads to consider before and throughout a headship transition.

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2018

Leading an international school in China

Research into the features of international schools in China and the range and type of school leadership roles.

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2017/18

Ten Trends

This most-recent edition of Ten Trends presents data-rich information and analysis of the latest developments and trends in our sector.

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2017/18

What drives parental satisfaction?

Drawing on aggregated data from SchoolPulse parental satisfaction surveys completed by 16,000 independent school parents, this 28-page research paper is an extract from Ten Trends.

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2016

The art of headship

Findings from research into the attitudes, qualities, actions and skills of effective Heads of independent schools.

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2016

The art of international school headship

Insightful research identifying the challenges of international school headship and the qualities needed for effective leadership, based on interviews with more than 100 leaders of international schools in Asia and the Gulf region.

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2015

Ten Trends

Ten Trends 2015 is the ground-breaking research report produced in association with Coutts, providing facts, insight and commentary on ten factors and trends that shaped independent education.

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