BLACK LIVES MATTER
'In memory of George Floyd'
We at Big Creative Education are outraged at the appalling scenes of what happened in Minneapolis, USA. We acknowledge that this is not an isolated incident but is part of a wider issue that we face as a society. We have worked with diverse communities for over 20 years, with 70% of our young people coming from BAME backgrounds to enable social mobility. Our ambition is to lead the sector in terms of our response to Black Lives Matter, for this to happen our actions must be systemic and permanent and will be led by the directors of the organisation.
HOW HAS THIS IMPACTED US?
Since hearing the news, we have held two open staff meetings. The first was to allow a space for colleagues to share their thoughts and feelings, and the second was to start the process of planning the detail of how we can work together to address structural inequality for black people and other groups in society, both through our actions in terms of how the company is run, and also through the incredibly important work we do educating young people. \n\nWe have also held a forum for our students to tell us how this has impacted them and what they feel we can do to support them going forward.
WHAT ARE WE DOING TO IMPACT CHANGE?
- Review and rewrite policies and procedures including specific reference to anti-racism
- Fully update the equality plan and ensure it is used to drive change
- Provide staff and learner training to ensure the BCE community understands the social and political context historically and today
- Ensure website, social media platforms and all communications reflect the organisation’s approach
- Proactively ensure employer partners provide opportunities for our young people from the black community, and diverse and disadvantaged backgrounds
- Update the curriculum to ensure diversity in content and resources
- Ensure black history including the black British experience is firmly included in self development sessions
- Convene a diverse new advisory board, consisting of senior education and industry voices from all backgrounds to advise company on future direction, that will in part be responsible for ensuring the organisation continues to progress in its response
- Ensure that the mental health and wellbeing of black staff and students is supported appropriately
- Create a diverse working group of interested staff who will advise and support the work
- Review the HR arrangements to ensure equality and diversity in the workplace and representation at all levels in the organisation, including pay and pathways to leadership roles
HOW ARE WE PREPARING TO OPEN BACK UP
- Promoting social distancing with both on street signage/bollards as well as indoor signage throughout all of our campuses
- Hand sanitisers have been placed throughout our campuses and use is required when entering reception
- We have introduced limits on the number of people in any room at one time and have provided clear signage/reduced the number of seating
- We have increased the number of times our buildings are cleaned to include midday clean and end of the day clean – every day. As well as ensuring focus is on disinfecting common touch points
- We have conducted risk assessments based on the government guidelines and shared with all staff
Enrolment will begin on Thursday 20th August, you will receive details of how to enrol nearer to the time.
BCE ONLINE MASTERCLASS
- 97% Achievement rate of our Academy students
- 74% of Level 3 Students progress to university
- 88% of our apprentices progress to creative careers
- 50% of BCE students that graduate from university are the first of their family to do so
- 100% of young people with a disability or learning support need achieve as well as their peers
”At BCE I studied Music Production and Business. It helped me a lot in my career, to a stage where I found my place and my sound. Now I’m working in the music industry as a member of UK record production powerhouse ‘Above Music Group’. I get to work with major labels like Virgin, Universal, Warner Bros. and many more, pitching records to major artists worldwide. I had a top 10 Chart Billboard worldwide at #7 in India (‘Downtown’ by Guru Randhawa), and a #1 in Turkey with a remix for Beduk’s single ‘Gravity’. Apart from my team, I have my own brand as an Artist DJ / Producer.Nico"I found my place and my sound"