- Job role
- Working pattern
- Full time
- Contract type
We are seeking a talented Vice Principal to support and lead our culture of learning, behaviour and values at ELAM. We pride ourselves on being positive, supportive and focussed on fostering the independence required to succeed in the creative industries. To do this we are looking for a Vice Principal to lead on the developmental process of learning and support that will allow our Trainees to achieve this vision. The Vice Principal will be the culture setter - professional, values-driven, excellent at communicating with all stakeholders and easily able to see the connection between the everyday 'small things' and how they contribute to the bigger picture. They will be a talented connector of ideas and people, supporting and developing our staff so that they are highly impactful leaders in their own areas and as part of a wider team. The Vice Principal will be equally conversant and experienced in academic leadership as they are pastoral leadership but clear that supporting the pastoral needs of our Trainees is always with the intent of allowing them to learn and develop to their fullest potential.
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- School type
- Free School, ages 16 to 19
- Education phase
- School size
- 308 pupils enrolled
- Age range
- 16 to 19
About East London Arts & Music
ELAM is a world-class 16-19 Academy which offers young people everything that they will need to lead successful lives within the music, games design and film and television industries.
Our vision is that all children growing up in the UK see themselves represented in UK culture. We believe this vision will better the creative industries of tomorrow and believe this can be achieved by increasing the access routes into those industries for talented young people. The creative industries in the UK continue to do well and are currently worth £92 billion to the economy, while growing at more than double the speed of the wider economy. However, unlike many other industries, it is not always clear how to get into these jobs and therefore there is often a lack of diversity within these sectors. Increasing the access routes to everyone will therefore increase the quality of talent and the continued growth of the sector long term.
ELAM opened in September 2014 with an inaugural cohort of 75 Music Trainees- our music programme designed to provide young talent with the musical, technical and personal development needed for ‘industry readiness’. Our Film & Television Production and Games Design and Development courses were launched in 2017, resulting in our trainee numbers reaching a capacity of 300.
ELAM is fully funded by the Department for Education and inspected by OFSTED. Our first full Ofsted inspection in May 2017 resulted in a grading of Outstanding in every category. While this is a huge achievement, and something that we are immensely proud of, we are also still a long way from meeting our vision. There is still a lot of work to do and as a school we are restless in the pursuit of achieving this.
We seek to achieve this by providing industry standard courses for our trainees in Music, Games Design and Film and Television. We have partnered with sector leading organisations including YouTube, Universal Music, The BPI, Grain Media and Creative Assembly to devise a curriculum that will develop the future leaders of these sectors by meeting the relevant knowledge, skills and cultural demands. In addition, all trainees at ELAM undertake a study of Maths and English as we identified the skills provided by these subjects, such as written and oral communication, problem solving, data analysis and research are the key traits of the current leaders of these fields.
Who is involved?
ELAM has been founded by a group of leading figures from industry and education. Will Kennard, Musician and one half of production duo Chase & Status, is a founder and governor. Alongside Will, the Governing body has senior executives from across the creative industries and education. We have support from a wide-range of partners from the music, film and games industries.
How does ELAM support its Trainees?
ELAM is totally committed to the successful progression of its Trainees onto these pathways. Our Trainee Handbook (https://drive.google.com/file/d/11yRLU8tVjp9-8-IEGNmF9pf7WVUE8wTK/view?usp=drivesdk) is useful to see how we aim to support and develop our Trainees.
What does the end product look like?
Please see our ‘Unseen, Unheard, Unplayed’ showcase featuring the final projects of our Year 13s from 2021 (https://www.elamuuu.co.uk/)
Unseen showcase (https://youtu.be/6lOkx8d5xws)
Unheard showcase (https://youtu.be/c8Bx3mM2J40)
Unplayed showcase (https://youtu.be/MbPLr9D3rlA)
Our YouTube shows the range of talent that our Trainees have and develop - see ELAM’s vision in action (https://www.youtube.com/user/ELAM2014/videos).