Founded in 2013, SupaJam Education in Music and Media (also known as SupaJam) is an award-winning unique educational provider set up by David Court and Nick Stillwell for students aged 16-18, and 19+ with Special Educational Needs and Educational Health Care Plans.
Our mission is to help vulnerable young people who have previously fallen out of formal education engage, achieve and progress in a unique, inclusive learning environment, with an ethos that is forward-thinking, caring and encouraging whilst providing a structured, supportive and non-judgemental environment, allowing all our young people to thrive and achieve to their full potential. Our expectation is that all SupaJam staff uphold our mission and ethos in every aspect of their roles, championing a respectful and open-minded culture that inspires staff and students alike.
We use music to engage our learners offering RSL Music Practitioners Diplomas at Levels 1, 2 and 3, alongside Functional Skills, GCSE English & Maths, Work Experience, SMSC, Practical Musicianship and Life Skills Sessions, infused with guest speakers and professionals from within the music industry.
What makes us different?
We are the only registered SPI provider in Kent (across 2 bases in Swanley and Canterbury) who offers a programme solely for those who have an interest or passion in music. We have access to relevant industry experience for our students, including attending and working at music festivals and work with some of the industry professionals who come to SupaJam to share their journey with the students to provide inspiration and advice. Some of the industry professionals who have visited SupaJam include Guy Pratt, Sonia Leigh, Ric Salmon, Matt Biffa, The Wandering Hearts, Ferris & Sylvester, Gill Tee, Emma Reynolds… Some of their testimonials can be found here https://www.semmuk.com/testimonials-new.
The Black Deer music festival held at Eridge Park in Tunbridge Wells is a highlight of the year. Students will work during the year to understand how a festival operates and learn about some of the roles before putting that into practice at the SupaJam stage within the festival. Yes, we have our own stage which is operated by the professional workers at the festival and students work alongside them to have real, practical experience. Not a fan of country music? Don’t worry, the experience itself is so much more than just the music. The festival has only been running for a couple of years and has already won several awards, and we would love for you to be part of that journey with us!
One of SupaJam’s greatest features is the support students receive. Our dedicated and compassionate team will make sure that your time with us is safe, enjoyable and we will help you as much as we can to ensure your wellbeing and academic needs are met. We support students with various SEN needs as well as those who do not necessarily have any additional needs but create an environment which is designed for all.
Within the classroom, you can expect to see relatively small groups with teachers and support staff who will ensure that your learning needs are met. Outside of the classroom our team of wellbeing staff will help you if you are feeling down or struggling with your emotional needs. One of SupaJam’s three pillars is that we are non-judgemental; we offer support and direction.
Some students may be eligible for bursaries - please check our website to see if you are eligible - https://www.semmuk.com/financial-support. The same applies for free meals (https://www.semmuk.com/free-meals).
For students who have an Education, Health & Care Plan (EHCP), you can expect to see our friendly and supportive SEN team helping you through your journey, making sure you have the right support in place.
Sadly, SupaJam does not have any transport facilities; however, where eligible, you can apply for the student bursary for support with transport costs. Learners aged 16-18 who live in Kent may be eligible for the KCC Travel pass (other local authorities may have different protocols - please check directly with them). For learners with an EHCP, you may be eligible for transport to be provided by your local authority.
In all cases, you must check directly with your local authority. The links for SEN learners seeking transport can be found here; https://www.semmuk.com/transport.
The courses are available for students aged 16-18 (Year 12 - 13) without an EHC Plan and 16-25 with an EHC Plan. Those who do not have an EHCP can contact us directly for any questions or queries, including visits of SupaJam. For those who have an EHCP, we are more than happy for you to visit but any placements must be agreed by your placing Local Authority - our SEN Team can talk you through the process.
Due to the current Coronavirus situation, most visits are currently suspended but you can check out our virtual tours here; https://www.semmuk.com/tours.
There are no formal requirements for entry to the Level 1 and 2 programmes; however, we may insist on students beginning at Level 1 if they have no previous experience or qualifications in a relevant music or media based programme. Students wishing to study Level 3 must have achieved, or be working towards, a Level 2 (or equivalent) in English and have achieved a Merit in their Level 2 programme. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you are not sure.
"Since joining SupaJam my son has excelled. He is eager to go to college at all times. Not only has he changed as a person, this has also been reflected in his grades and he is determined to get distinctions all the way through the course. He is also talking about going to university which is his goal now after he has completed all levels of SupaJam.
So I would like to say thank you for the difference SupaJam has made to us as a family and to my son because he is doing something that he loves."
"I would like to say a MASSIVE thank you for all you have done and continue to do in the life of my daughter. There have been a few milestones in Sarah's* life that have made a difference but none I can remember that have had such a positive impact on her as when SupaJam opened its arms and welcomed her to what seems to be like family.
I don't over exaggerate when I say I can look back and see this was when her life began to truly turn around and she began to engage in positive activities and believe in herself again. Sarah has had some real tough things to deal with in her life and we were very concerned for her a couple of years back, but her journey with you guys has been immense, she has gone from strength to strength and been amazed at the love and support she has felt from you and the team there so thank you again."
"SupaJam actually got my daughter out of a very bad situation she was in and helped her turn her life around. She now has a goal and a focus in life, in some ways I would go as far as to say it saved her life. The staff always go the extra mile and are so dedicated to the pupils it's almost unbelievable. I have nothing but admiration and respect for all the tutors at SupaJam for their hard work and determination to see all their pupils excel in what they are good, they are all such a lovely bunch of pupils too! They are all very talented in their own way as the end of term gigs have shown. My daughter has grown in confidence since she has been at SupaJam and is beginning to realise her own self worth which is something she never has before. She still has a lot to learn and is looking forward to joining you all again next year."