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.

Offer Document

For further information click here


The Garage is an experienced provider of education activities for schools. 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 cater for Pre-School, through to Secondary Education, whilst also offering workshops for Level 3 courses and beyond. We can even embed nationally recognised Arts Award accreditation, or GCSE/BTEC Qualifications into projects. All you need to do is provide the young people. Our Schools provision includes but is not limited to:

  • Afterschool Clubs
  • Lunchtime Clubs
  • Breakfast Clubs
  • One-Off Workshops (at The Garage or in Schools)
  • Topic Related Workshop Days (at The Garage or in Schools)
  • Dance within PE Curriculum Teaching
  • CPD for Teachers
  • GCSE Dance/Drama Cover
  • BTEC Performing Arts Cover


To discuss further please contact our Education Manager, Danielle: 

Referral Network

The Garage referral network group meets each term to discuss forthcoming opportunities available for young people and their families and to network with other referral agencies to signpost services and activities across the county. For more information click here

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