RSL Awards Ltd, global provider of music and performing arts vocational and graded music qualifications, today announced their partnership with PQA, which will see PQA delivering RSL qualifications from September 2022 to every student in their academies at no extra cost.

PQA, a leading performing arts Academy, founded by Pauline Quirke and her husband Steve Sheen in 2007, provides tuition for over 13,000 children and young people aged between 4-18 years across 3 modules: Comedy & Drama, Musical Theatre & Film and Television.

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With over 200 academies across the UK, PQA’s dedicated team of Principals and teachers work tirelessly to ensure every student receives unrivalled support and amazing opportunities and as such, PQA wanted to strengthen their offering of individual recognition by providing a formal record of achievement for students and parents.

Seeking to partner with an awarding body that reflects their ambitions of helping young people to pursue and achieve their life’s dreams by using the performing and creative arts to help realise children’s potential and blossom into confident young people, PQA will move the validation of its non-accredited qualifications to RSL Awards from September 1st, 2022.

These RSL Qualifications are designed to provide innovative, contemporary qualifications for performing and creative arts which acknowledge the progression of students by tracking their progress and through teaching observation. With the teachers at the heart of the assessment decision, these qualifications have been designed to ensure a progression route for students into continued education or industry.

This exciting new partnership allows all qualifications to be open to all PQA students, empowering each student to be acknowledged for their contributions across all areas of study (Drama & Comedy, Musical Theatre, and Film & TV).

RSL Awards CEO, Mr Tim Bennett- Hart said, “Assessment that acknowledges achievement and encourages students in their creative work is key for RSL Awards. Working with PQA, we have designed a truly innovative approach which aligns with their unique teaching ethos and it is our great privilege to be a part of the journey of all the PQA students.”

PQA Chairman, Mr Steve Sheen said, “Pauline and I founded PQA 15 years ago to provide young people with the opportunity to receive outstanding, affordable training in the performing and creative arts. Celebrating and rewarding our students’ achievements is an important part of what we do, so we’re delighted to be teaming with RSL to offer these exciting, new Stage and Screen Awards to every student, at no extra cost.”

PQA CEO, Mr Tim Jenner said, “We are very excited to be working with RSL to offer PQA students our new Stage and Screen qualifications. These individual qualifications are available to every PQA student at no extra cost. Students do not need to do any extra work or sit any exams, so this is a fantastic way for them to gain individual qualifications in performing arts without pressure or expense.”

RSL Awards Director of Business Development, Mr Alistair Platt said, “We are delighted to establish this new partnership with PQA to provide easily accessible awards in an inclusive, embedded and seamless way for learners. Working together towards milestones in an ensemble setting is a great way to get young learners to focus on the achievement of goals and to start developing the wider soft skills such as collaboration in groups and working to deadlines; all of which will be instrumental when considering the progression opportunities we can provide via this partnership in later phases. We are also excited to play an important role in workforce development at PQA which is key to recruitment and retention of teachers.”

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In 1991, under the direction of founder Norton York, Rockschool created a unique set of products for a brand-new marketplace: recognised, graded qualifications for contemporary musicians. The traditional instruments performing in a rock band were included in the original graded examinations, Electric guitar, Bass guitar and Drums. After the initial success with these instruments, the company has developed syllabi in Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Piano and Keyboards, Ukulele, Contemporary Music Theory and the world's first Music Production syllabus.

Over recent years the company, based in West London, has developed a full suite of vocational qualifications for the creative industries, which are delivered in over 500 schools and colleges, principally in the UK. These sit alongside a program of contemporary dance qualifications, covering three distinct disciplines: musical theatre, jazz and street dance and a new suite of first to market CQ qualifications in Vlogging and Podcasting.

A head office team of 50, and a team of over 150 highly trained and certified global examiners, assessors and moderators help deliver the qualifications across the globe. Rockschool qualifications are recognised and regulated at the highest level by OFQUAL, SFA, CCEA, Qualifications Wales and the Department for Education, with all successful level 3 (Grades 6–8) exams being awarded UCAS points, bolstering university applications.

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