Bringing Creativity to the Community
"Our aim is to create a community feel on a Saturday that ignites children’s creativity and allows them to experience high quality teaching, build confidence and peer relations. BRIT Kids can play an important part in a child’s life, for some children we will be the highlight of their week. Every class is a building block to enhance a child’s confidence, skills and positive relationships rather than focusing on the final outcome."
BRIT Kids was launched at The BRIT School in 2002 as the school wanted to reach out to the local community, allowing everyone to have access to the schools facilities on a Saturday, when it would otherwise be empty. Initially it started with Performing Arts classes, but over time it was identified that there was a need and want for children to come and attend Creative Arts classes too.
BRIT Kids at The BRIT School now offers 14 different disciplines and has over 650 students attending every Saturday. We are currently spreading our wings and opening more centres across the country.
Our Mission Statement
At BRIT Kids:
we are interested in this melting pot of creativity, allowing children to move between the Performing and Creative Classes, meaning there really is something for everyone. We have a strong ethos for how this creativity is delivered and wish for this to be reflected in each BRIT Kids Saturday School;
we welcome all children, from all walks of life and creative abilities. BRIT Kids is not to judge on creative ability but to encourage commitment, good attendance and praise fully focused participation. This is a Saturday school and should have a delicate balance between learning and fun. Teachers should be on first name terms and should strive to educate in a warm, inviting atmosphere, however with a firm objective to impart the joys of their specialism to a high level;
we have a structure underpinning it that comes direct from The BRIT School, meaning that we reflect the high levels of teaching and learning at our Saturday Schools. Simply because the classes happen on a Saturday should not mean that they are any less considered and planned for;
we ask teachers to be creative, contemporary and self-directed. We want teaching at BRIT Kids to be the highlight of their week. We believe that allowing teachers to devise and create their own class content, means that they have ownership over what they are delivering and therefore passion and knowledge to deliver at a high level. Teachers are asked to devise their own projects and write their own schemes of work, with support and guidance, when needed by the Director. The emphasis on contemporary, unique and challenging is important to us. Teachers are encouraged to take risks and step out of their comfort zone.
The joy of teaching is that, although we have high expectations, level descriptors and ask for schemes of work, teachers are not confined by a curriculum.
We Are Unique
BRIT Kids performance shows and exhibitions are all unique. We do not use pre-existing plays and scripts but ask the theatre teachers to write and direct the plays themselves. This way teachers can reflect and respond to the students they have at the time, current social issues, and their own interests. It allows devising in the older groups and even students script writing in collaboration with the teachers. The plays are when the performing arts come together. The theatre teacher works closely with the dance and singing teachers and movement and songs are used to communicate and enhance the play.
Creative Arts exhibitions are vibrant and interactive. As with the performances this is an annual event. Teachers should present work in a professional and exciting manner. During exhibition opening times teachers should endeavour to make the show one that continues to hold attention, for example though small workshops, student and teacher talks etc.
At BRIT Kids we actively encourage collaborations, pop up sharing and exhibitions. We ask that teachers have one main show or exhibition a year. Aside from this we encourage creative thinking and enthusiasm though other ways such as collaborations.
Examples of past events are:
- A dance flash mob
- Pop up exhibitions to show the terms work
- Collaborations between classes such as Art club and Fashion, fashion shows, Film Making and Street Dance making a dance video
- Carol singing
- Fundraising events
- Gigs to parents
- Sharing’s in classrooms across ages
BRIT Kids Ethos
BRIT Kids ethos is ultimately to create a community feel on a Saturday that ignites children’s creativity and allows them to experience high quality teaching, build confidence and peer relations. BRIT Kids can play an important part in a child’s life, for some children we will be the highlight of their week. Every class is a building block to enhance a child’s confidence, skills and positive relationships rather than focusing on the final outcome.