Alternative provision offer to schools

The Garage Trust’s mission is to change people’s lives through art, especially the lives of young people, and those who face challenging circumstances. 


Building on the work we already do with schools and young people, our Alternative Provision (Unregulated) offer delivers performing arts workshops to small groups of students referred to us from schools. Our facilitators use creative activities to develop relationships, emotional literacy and communication skills. Workshops focus on boosting confidence, self-reflection and practical skills. Using trauma-informed practice and creative processes, the programme builds the skills and improves life chances of young people struggling in the school environment and non-attenders. We work with the school so that the young people can be re-introduced into school life. Offering a consistent presence across the academic year, with a familiar structure to each workshop and repeated games or activities, our facilitators will build trust and develop relationships with young people so they gain the confidence to progress. We can take up to a maximum of 8 students. Schools will need to sign up to a full term. Basic literacy and numeracy skills are included in all sessions.


For Primary Schools:

  • Accredited Course Provision: Arts Award 
  • Non-Accredited Course Provision: Engagement through Creativity 

For Secondary Schools:

  • Accredited Course Provision: BTEC Introductory/Level 1 Courses 
  • Non-Accredited Course Provision: Engagement through Creativity 

Other Information: 

  • 9:15-2:30pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays at The Garage, NR2 1NY 
  • 45 minute lessons X 5 
  • Transport or lunch is not provided, but can be for an additional cost


Starting at £123 per day per learner for group work (maximum of 7 students per group) plus Qualification Registration and SENCO Costs if required.

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The Workshop is an experienced provider of education activities for schools, through our work with The Garage and the experience of our tutors. We can tailor make a range of courses, clubs, workshops, professional touring theatre trips and other opportunities to suit your needs.

Activities are designed to enthuse and excite by giving young people a taste for participating in creative activity whilst developing transferable skills. Our team are experts in working with young people, particularly those who, for whatever reason, find it more difficult to engage.

Activities are based around dance, drama and music. Our aim is to take away all the hassle of managing your activity; we contract professional artists and tutors, complete risk assessments, gather evaluation and feedback information for you when we are finished. We can even embed nationally recognised Arts Award accreditation into projects if you wish. All you need to do is provide the young people.


What are our commitments in our work with schools?

  • To provide activities of a high artistic quality with a creative purpose.
  • To support participants’ skills development with a bespoke approach, including artistic and technical skills, as well as transferable skills and key skills.
  • To support participants to build their self-esteem via artistic activity.
  • To be actively influenced by the needs and desires of the community around us, in what we offer and how we offer it.
  • To supply work and opportunities to new and established creatives in West Norfolk.
  • To be a fun and approachable organisation in order to achieve the above in an authentic and informed way.

Our offering to schools and other learning and activity centres

Examples of what we offer (depending on tutor availability) are:

Band Skills
Contemporary/Creative Dance
Drama and Theatre Skills
Musical Theatre
Song Writing
Street Dance

It’s simple; name your activity, time, participants and space and we’ll provide the activity – nice and easy! If necessary, we can organise bookings and payments directly with parents – so all you need to do is provide the space.

Sessions are delivered by our team of qualified, experienced and energetic freelance tutors. Our tutors are DBS checked, Safeguarding Trained and hold First Aid qualifications.

Students attending our sessions have the opportunity of taking part in The Workshop’s wider performance opportunities and studio sharings.

We currently have two excellent offerings of creative activity; ‘School-time Activity’ and ‘Extracurricular Activity and Clubs’. More information on these below…


School-time Activity

This option caters to any provision wanted as part of lesson-time. The offering can include regular curriculum-based classes in drama, dance, music and PE as part of students timetables up to GCSE, one off workshops and masterclasses for GCSE and above and off-timetable activity days. Accessible provision is also available. All school-time teaching costs £50 an hour.

We are always flexible and open to your ideas and needs regarding how best we can deliver the arts to your pupils, and love to chat and liaise with fellow local educators on such matters anyway! Feel free to drop us an email or a phone call to raise casual interest, be it in a one-off or a whole term’s worth of provision.


“We really enjoyed the workshop ran with our year 9 students. It was engaging, energetic and humorous. The students responded really positively and we’d love to have you in again.” – Amy Chapman, Drama and Theatre Teacher, Downham Market Academy.


“Thank you for being so thoughtful – and inclusive. You are a breath of fresh air!” – Recent Participant, The Workshop.


Extracurricular Activity and Clubs

This offering is specifically for non-compulsory settings such as lunch-time, after school and holiday clubs, in addition to youth clubs and day centres, including those with SEND members. We are also able to offer these activities to retirement homes and communities. Alike to School-time Activity these can all be regular or one offs.

Again within this category we are flexible to the needs of our participants and open for discussion on the format through which we can provide for you. Likewise, we are open to engaging in fundraising partnerships to make this work possible where it may appear financially challenging.

There are two payment options available for Extracurricular Activity and Clubs:

  1. Funded by institution (school/centre/club etc.)
  • Max 25 students for dance and choir, 15 students for drama or music
  • £40 an hour
  • We invoice the you ahead of each session/block of sessions
  1. Funded by parents/guardians/carers
  • Min 10 students, max 25 students for dance and choir or 15 for drama or music
  • £4.00 per session per student
  • Parents book directly with The Workshop and pay termly in advance. We deal with all the admin and send you a list of participants ahead of the course. All the institution needs to do is provide the space.

“In our Youth Group we have had The Workshop delivering bespoke sessions for our young people. What really has worked is the flexibility and adaptability these sessions offer. This really works when numbers and attendees change, the sessions are professional but down to earth. This means that young people are happy to engage, express themselves but most of all have fun.” – Angela Teague, Operations Manager, The Benjamin Foundation.


“The Workshop has delivered music, dance and theatre workshops which have been well received in all our youth provisions to such an extent that we were running additional sessions. The Workshop have always been young people focused and this dedication is recognised by the young people and those of us that have had the pleasure of working with The Workshop.” Tracy Ellis, Youth West Project Coordinator, YMCA Norfolk.


We are now booking outreach activity for the new term, so please contact us to book your space now! Email contact info@theworkshop.org.uk or call 01553 277919 to arrange your session.