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ELAM is a world-class 16-19 Academy which opened in September 2014. ELAM offers young people everything that they will need to lead successful lives within the music, games design and film & tv sectors.
Our vision is to better the creative industries of tomorrow. We 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 lack of diversity within these sectors. Increasing the access routes to everyone will increase the quality of talent and the continued growth of the sector long term.
ELAM seeks to achieve this by providing industry standard courses for our trainees in Music, Games Design and Film & Television. We have partnered with sector leading organisations including YouTube, Universal Music 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.
We had our first full Ofsted inspection in May 2017 and received a grading of Outstanding in every category and 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 we are restless in the pursuit of achieving this.
While our exceptional progress and outcomes in our Music Level 3 Extended Diploma are a source of great pride (56% achieved the highest possible grade compared to 9.7% nationally), it is the added extras that make ELAM’s Music programme unique. We operate on a principle of making learning and assessment real-world, involving industry partners in choosing content and designing briefs, running masterclasses and work experience with industry legends, and curating world-class music making and recording facilities. This all adds to up to our trainees leaving with not just a qualification but the skills, portfolio and networks to genuinely make an impact, as evidenced by our increasingly impressive list of alumni.
None of this would be of any relevance, though, without outstanding teaching and learning. This will always remain at the core of what we do.