Alternative Education

We work with local authorities, schools, social care and a range of other agencies to offer alternative educational provision for students who need extra support during their time in education, individuals who have not been in education for a long period of time, home-schooled students or those new to the area.

Not only do we teach a wide range of performing arts, from lyric writing and spoken word to acting, dance and drama, but, we also use performing arts to develop literacy, numeracy and social skills in each individual student. All of our sessions are delivered by trained teachers who still work within the performing arts sector in a wide range of roles. Students gain a wide perspective of the creative industry whilst learning skills that they can use in their daily lives and take into most sectors of employment. Examples of this may include; directing, which develops leadership skills; acting, which encourages team work; and dance which can help to develop motor skills, movement and fitness. Everything that we teach encourages discipline and self-awareness, helping to positively engage even the most challenging behaviour. Our lessons are also mapped to the school curriculum where possible, such as our teaching of Shakespeare and speaking and listening exercises.

We are highly trained in all safeguarding issues (including PREVENT), and have staff with specialist training in working with students with Special Educational Needs (SEN), young people involved in gangs and anti-social behaviour, and young people vulnerable to sexual exploitation.

All students have the opportunity to achieve qualifications in the The Arts Award and The Social Enterprise Award/Certificate. These are delivered from E3 to Level 3. For those attending our English session, there is also the opportunity to achieve English Functional Skills from E3 to Level 2.

This provision runs throughout the day from 9:30 – 3pm every weekday and is available for students from school year groups 8 to 11. To refer a student or young person onto this provision please contact us on 0114 2321172.

Thanks to you my confidence has got a lot better and I am starting rehearsals for Calamity Jane on Monday, and that would not have been possible without your support.


16 years old, Vocational Skills Programme, Sheffield

Before I came to A Mind Apart I had no friends, and no confidence. Now I finally fit into a crowd and I finally feel accepted.


15 years old, Vocational Skills Programme, Sheffield

This program has helped with my depression, and gets me out of trouble. I have learnt to speak to my parents in an adult conversation. Having the chance to learn singing and acting has given me more confidence.


14 years old, Vocational Skills Programme, Sheffield

Thank you for the Street Dance activity provided by yourselves. I work with young people who are very easily distracted but were, with the modelling and positive encouragement, able to engage in the sessions provided. Not only did the young people dance in front of each other, they even took their learning away and were keen to show their new skills to other support workers within their home.

Learning Coordinator