BCA Curriculum Principles

Employers & Employability

The curriculum at the Academy has been designed in close partnership with high profile and cutting-edge employers. Our long-standing relationship with key employers from the creative industries will enable learners to develop relevant and essential skills.

Employers will give talks, set projects, host visits and provide work experience. All of our teaching staff are also active in their respective industries, providing relevant knowledge, contacts and networks.

Big Creative Academy already works with a range of high profile employers including ITN, Universal Music, Festival Republic, Barcroft Media, Global Radio, UK Music, Adidas and many more leading companies from the UK creative sector.

Wellbeing

The wellbeing curriculum at Big Creative Academy is designed to develop young people who are able to lead meaningful and respectable lives. Through our wellbeing classes, learners will be better equipped to develop their own potential, work productively and creatively, build strong and positive relationships with others, and contribute to their community.

It includes areas of study in British values and citizenship, democracy, personal and social development, employability skills, independent learning and thinking, resilience and health and fitness.

The college has worked closely with the Educate and Celebrate charity in order to create a learning environment which is focused on equality and respect for all ages, genders, ethnicities, religious beliefs, disabilities and sexual orientations.

Enterprise

At Big Creative Academy we believe firmly that learners should be educated to be entrepreneurial. A National City & Guilds survey found that 49% of young people would one day like to run their own business. Additionally, 77% of the creative sector is made up of small companies and freelancers (Skillset, 2010). This means that young people need to develop business and enterprise skills in order to succeed in the creative sector. Budding young entrepreneurs in London have said that while start-up funds are crucial, having the ‘right people around you’ is equally important.

Big Creative Academy has partnered with the ground-breaking youth agency Industry In The Streets (IITS) in order to deliver an enterprise curriculum that will support:
– The learning of entrepreneurial skills through real-world projects
– Students designing and managing their own group enterprise projects, including fundraising initiatives.

Students will learn about different company structures, working practices in the UK creative sector and how to set up and register a new company. They will be taught by highly skilled staff with up to date knowledge, experience and contacts.

Core Skills Maths & English

GCSE Maths and English is taught at Big Creative Academy for those students who do not already have these qualifications. These skills are essential for progression into employment or higher education.

Where appropriate, GCSE qualifications will be taught within the context of the industry. For example, students will develop their skills through the writing of press releases and sponsorship proposals, designing promotional material and brochures and creating budgets for tours, events and record releases.

Work Experience

High-quality work experience can broaden a young person’s understanding of the wider skills they will need in life. Whether young people choose an academic or vocational route, they will be required to demonstrate a range of skills such as strong communication, problem-solving, adaptability, independence and team work. Young people need exposure to the world of work to identify their strengths and realise their career aspirations. Employer contacts also make a big difference to the employment prospects of young people.

The Academy will provide a work experience placement for a week for all students, in the creative sector to compliment their vocational course.

Message from the Chair of Governors

Barnaby Collier

CHAIR OF GOVERNORS

I am privileged to be the Chair of Governors for Big Creative Academy. With my fellow governors we are committed to ensuring the Academy achieves its mission, delivers its vision and lives its values – improving the lives of young people through providing them with the high quality training and rich experience of the creative industries. I have been involved with Big Creative Academy since shortly after its approval by the DfE, and hugely impressed by the passion, dedication and commitment of our staff and students. We want Big Creative Academy to be:
• An inspiring, exciting and rewarding place in which to study and work
• Recognised as a leading provider of high quality training in the creative industries that equip its students to move on successfully into further studies or the world of work
• Actively involved in the wider education community of Walthamstow and North East London

Governors have an important role in life at Big Creative Academy. They are all experts in their own fields and include a current Ofsted inspector, a former Principal, finance director of a large hotel chain, an expert in character education and many industry specialists. Governors have three core functions:

  • To guide the strategic development of Big Creative Academy
  • To ensure value for money
  • To hold the Principal and Senior Management Team to account

The Governing Body also includes a staff governor, parent governor and a student governor to ensure all our stakeholders have a voice. If you would like to become involved in the governance of Big Creative Academy, please contact the Clerk to the Governing Body victoria.spence@bigcreative.education.