The majority of SupaJam’s students are aged 16-18, and 19+ with who have fallen out of formal education with few or no qualifications and are NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training). The SupaJam programme helps the students to engage, achieve and progress in a unique, inclusive learning environment.
With its original base in Swanley a recognised success, SupaJam wanted to establish a second education facility, this time in Canterbury, home to Kent’s largest student community.
SupaJam uses music to engage its learners by offering RSL Music Practitioners Diplomas at Levels 1, 2 and 3, alongside functional skills, GCSE English and Maths, work experience, SMSC, practical musicianship and life skills sessions, combined with guest speakers and professionals from within the music industry.
Having identified suitable premises in Canterbury, SupaJam called upon DHA to secure its new home by lifting a planning condition that restricted it to remaining in the use of a secretarial college.
The challenge has demonstrating that while SupaJam might be a music school, education is not taught through the playing of instruments meaning it wouldn’t cause any noise issues for residents. Instead, SupaJam uses music as the topic of learning, with students creating podcasts, radio shows and organising music events.
By reassuring the planners over the noise issue, and with the majority of students using the nearby railway station and bus station to get to the college, DHA was also able to show that the parking situation would not be worse than when it operated as a secretarial college.
With the planning condition lifted, SupaJam can now open its second educational facility.