Enhanced DBS Certificates
All artists are told that they must be able to show a current enhanced DBS certificate on arrival.
Special Needs and/or Behavioural Problems
All artists/workshop leaders, unlelss their individual page says otherwise, work with pupils with integrated special needs and/or behavioural problems. We expect the school to provide support for these children, as necessary, during the sessions.
If you are a Special School for children with complex special needs or emotional and behavioural problems, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org before booking so that Rachel, the facilitator, can advise you whether the artsist you select has the appropriate expertise and training.
Number of Participants
The dance artists are usually able to work with one class (maximum of 30 pupils) at a time. The number of classes they can work with in a day, will depend upon the age of the children concerned and your desired outcome from the sessions.
For all workshops other than visual art, if you are looking to include as many classes as you can in a school day, we recommend the following session lengths as a guideline for each class based on their key stages.
These session lengths are given as a minimum and can be extended depending upon your desired outcome and budget, e.g. creating a short performance piece.
Nursery – 20 minutes Y3 – 40 minutes to 1 hour
EYFS – 20 to 30 minutes Y4 – 40 minutes to 1 hour
Y1 – 30 to 40 minutes Y5 – 40 minutes to 1 hour
Y2 – 30 to 40 minutes Y6 – 40 minutes to 1 hour
KS3 to 5
We recommend session lengths of at least an hour.
The content of the workshop sessions will largely depend upon your budget and how many classes you hope to participate in the day. If you are looking to engage as many pupils in a day as possible and want your pupils to engage in taster sessions, the suggested Session lengths by key stage, are a good starting point in planning your day(s).
Please remember, from KS2 upwards, the longer your pupils have with the artist, the more can be achieved – e.g. pupils will have an opportunity to work in pairs or groups and devise their own short works based on what they have learned at the start of the session, given the time.
If your desired outcome is more specific (i.e. you would like the artist to work with each class and help them to create a short dance piece which your pupils will go on to perform at a later date, we can do that, but please allow adequate time when organising your timetable and the number of days you wish to book.
Visual Art Workshops
Due to the nature of visual art and the time it takes for pupils to be briefed by the artist, think about their designs and create something, we recommend the artist works with a maximum of two classes over the course of a day for a minimum of two hours with each class.
The fees quoted do not include art materials. The artist will be in touch with you prior to the workshop to discuss what materials and equipment will be needed. Where it is agreed that the artist will source and supply any materials for the workshop, the artist will bill you for these direct. The same applies to any specialist equipment supplied by the artist that is kept by the school after the workshop takes place.
What to Wear
If you are booking a STEM, music, art or drama/storytelling workshop then we would expect your pupils to be in school uniform. For dance workshops we recommend loose comfortable clothing (ideally PE kit) for all participants. However, at KS1 we appreciate that with shorter session lengths it can be easier for your pupils to work in their school uniforms which is quite acceptable.
For Street/HipHop Dance workshops or for workshops where pupils will be working in pairs (for partner dances such as the Jive, Salsa, Lindy Hop etc.) we recommend comfortable shoes such as trainers or plimsolls.
For most other workshops (Indian, African, Contemporary, Aborigine etc.) we recommend bare feet
Artists & Costume
Where it is appropriate for them to do so, we always ask the artist/workshop leader to wear some sort of traditional dress for the workshop. Please note, however, that this will not be full performance costume but will include items that reflect their cultural background but which do not restrict their movement or ability to deliver the workshop effectively.
Dance Prop Hire
If you have booked a Chinese Fan or Chinese Ribbon Dance workshop, a fee of £30 will automatically be added to the cost of the workshop. The artist will bring enough fans or ribbons for a class of 30.
*If you DO NOT require the hire of fans or ribbons, please email us to let us know and we will deduct the hire charge from the cost of the workshop.
If you have booked a drumming workshop a hire charge of £50 will automatically be added to the cost of the workshop. The artist will bring enough drums/percussion instruments for a class of 30.
*If you DO NOT require the hire of drums, please email us to let us know and we will deduct the hire charge from our invoice.
Assemblies and/or Sharing’s
If the time allows, we can start the day with a short assembly, during which the artist/workshop leader can introduce themselves and talk for 10 to 15 minutes (as an example) about what they will be doing during the day with, where appropriate a demonstration of their art form. Alternatively, all participating classes can be brought together at the end of the day for the last half an hour (as an example) for a sharing of what they have been doing during the day, assisted by the artist/workshop leader.
Please note, any such time needs to be included in the on-floor teaching time the artist is booked to deliver during the day.