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Welcome to an inspiring world where arts are not just practiced, but lived and celebrated. At BHVA, we provide a dynamic and inclusive space where everyone, irrespective of age or ability, can express, explore, and elevate their creative spirit.

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Led by Beccy Hurrell and Lindsey Atkins, our team is passionate about making the creative arts accessible.

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  1. Celebrate our diversity

  2. Supercharge our learning

  3. Boost our wellbeing

With Lindsey's 20+ years of teaching experience, and Beccy's impressive performance portfolio on national and international stages, we blend education and industry to offer an unparalleled learning experience right on your high street.

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Our diverse programmes, guided by our core values of inspiration, nurturing, quality, creativity, and joy, are designed to break down barriers and celebrate each individual's unique creative journey.

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Choose to learn individually or, for children and young people, in Squads.

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Under our innovative Arts4All initiative, we work with agencies (such as CIRV and DWP), schools and individuals to increase curriculum engagement and support young people requiring social, emotional and mental health support.

Using the creative arts as an empowering medium, we engage in coaching and mentoring, creating positive impacts extend beyond the artistic sphere.

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Igniting creativity by making the arts accessible to everyone.

Inspiring personal growth, celebrating individuality, and bringing joy

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At BHVA, we empower you, whether you are picking up an art form for the first time, refining your performance, seeking to develop your teaching pedagogy, or looking for personal growth. Through a nurturing, creative, and all-inclusive atmosphere, we foster personal and artistic development. We implement innovative teaching practices that not only cultivate sills but also celebrate success.

Welcome to BHVA - where every artistic journey is a story of inspiration, creativity, and celebration.

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At BHVA, we our committed to inspire all our students to discover their own creative signatures through research-based tuition; to nurture students, building confidence in all elements of their creative journey, utilising coaching and mentoring knowledge. We will ensure only the highest quality of provision is offered by supporting our programmes with up-to-date research and training. We will break down barriers and discover the unique creativity of each person who walk through our doors, using the arts. Finally, and most importantly, we will celebrate every success, no matter the size, to ensure that anyone who engages and works with us finds moments of joy in themselves and in their artistic journey.

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We believe everyone has a unique spark of creativity. Our approach is all about nurturing that spark through quality, fun, arts education, and celebrating every step of the creative journey. We're not just teaching skills, we're inspiring a love for creative expression that lasts a lifetime.

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We promise to fuel your creativity in a fun, inclusive space. We assure high-quality creative arts education that is tailored to your unique needs and abilities. We're not just about teaching the creative arts - we're creating a community of joy, inspiration, and success, where everyone feels valued.

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We guarantee a high-quality, inclusive, and joyful learning experience that not only elevates your creative skills, but also nurtures personal growth.

Every individual's unique journey will be celebrated, irrespective of age, ability, or background.

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Why Master Apprentice is Outdated

October 26, 20233 min read

The Master Apprentice approach, a historical way of teaching, is simple: a master imparts knowledge, and the apprentice soaks it up. It’s a clear transfer of knowledge from the experienced to the inexperienced. At BHVA, we've observed that this model has its limitations and believe there is no place for it in our modern society.

Why We're Not Fond of the Master Apprentice Approach

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The Master Apprentice method often narrows down learning to a series of dictated scripts and then lot’s of 'whys'. The moment someone asks "why" in this setup, the learner is on the back foot, forced to defend or justify their thinking. It feels like a demand for a single correct answer, when in reality, there are many paths to understanding. This method also creates an over-reliance on the master. It’s like following a single recipe in a cookbook without understanding the ingredients.

Additionally, the world of business and personal development has shown us that a one-size-fits-all strategy rarely works. Businesses, markets, and individual values are so varied that a singular route or recipe can't cater to everyone's needs. The world is more complex, and the Master Apprentice model, in its traditional form, doesn’t address these variations and intricacies.

Expanding on its Outdated Nature

  1. Lack of Personalisation: Our world is riddled with variable factors – from target audiences and markets to individual values and personal experiences. The Master Apprentice approach assumes a universal solution for diverse problems.

  2. The Creativity Constraint: At BHVA, we've seen first hand the importance of creativity. This approach doesn't leave room for experimentation and personal growth. It's a regimented path where straying is often discouraged.

  3. Dependence Over Independence: Instead of fostering independence, it creates an environment where learners wait for answers. They're not encouraged to find solutions, leading to a passive rather than active learning experience.

  4. Generational Gaps: Today’s generation, especially post-COVID, has a unique set of experiences and challenges. The traditional model doesn't necessarily account for these. We've observed a tendency in this model to "spoon-feed", depriving learners of the chance to be proactive in their education.

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To truly evolve it’s essential to adapt and ensure that we're fostering an environment where every learner, employee and individual can thrive.

Tips to Avoid Falling into Master Apprentice Approach:

  1. Promote Questions Over Answers: Encourage learners to ask questions and share their perspectives.

  2. Position Matters: Be mindful of where you stand or sit. A simple change can shift the dynamics of interaction.

  3. Embrace Diverse Learning Styles: Everyone is unique. Adopt a flexible approach that caters to individual needs.

  4. Empower Peer-to-Peer Learning: Group sessions can be a goldmine for diverse perspectives. Encourage collaboration.

Takeaways for Your Own Practice:

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  1. Reflect on Delivery: After imparting information, ask learners how they perceived it. It promotes clarity and ensures everyone is on the same page.

  2. Step Into Their Shoes: Understand the learning process from their viewpoint. This helps in fostering empathy.

  3. Promote Ownership: Encourage learners to take responsibility for their own learning journey.

  4. Always Be Open to Feedback: If a learner didn’t grasp a concept, look for alternative ways to explain. Remember, it’s about mutual growth.

At BHVA, we believe that embracing this will create a more inclusive, understanding, and successful learning environments. We understand that the Master Apprentice approach can be a polarising topic, and we’d love to hear your thoughts. If you want to hear us chatting more about this head over to our youtube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnkauy-T6gJIxUFpgHquzog

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