9th October 2017
Since 1994, there has been a special day every year on October 5th that celebrates teachers’ organisations worldwide. The aim is to mobilize support for teachers and to ensure that the needs of children will continue to be met by teachers.
World Teachers Day is an important part of raising awareness and understanding for the vital contribution that teachers make to education and to the development of the young.
More than 100 countries observe World Teachers’ Day and help to promote the public awareness campaigns to highlight the contributions of the teaching profession.
Razzamataz Theatre Schools fully support the development of the hundreds of teachers who work across the network of theatre schools. There have been many inspiring stories of young teachers who have progressed with Razzamataz and are now the Principals of their own theatre schools.
To celebrate and recognise the contribution that the teachers make, Razzamataz also has a dedicated Award, which is presented at the annual Conference. Last year, the Best Team Member Award was presented to Melanie Simpson from Razzamataz Sheffield. Melanie is the assistant Principal and teaches dance, drama and singing to Minis and Juniors as well as Razz Project Intense. Melanie has been with the school since opening more than four years ago.
Melanie has danced since she was a young child and then went on to study musical theatre:
"I love being a Razzamataz teacher; getting to pass my passion for the performing arts onto our super talented students and watching them progress and achieve. It’s really fun and at the same time makes me really proud."
Teaching at Razzamataz has also opened the door for many to progress their career aims. Many of the current Principals started out as teachers for Razzamataz including: Kayleigh Redford, Principal of Razzamataz Newcastle, Marc Kelly, Principal of Razzamataz Hackney, Sophie Atkins, Principal of Razzamataz Wimbledon, Debbie Mitchell, Principal of Razzamataz Carlisle, Chloe Lee, Principal of Razzamataz Chester, Zoe Mckibbin, Principal of Razzamataz Edinburgh, Lauren Kirkbride, Principal of Razzamataz Penrith, Emily Connor, joint Principal of Razzamataz Medway and Charlotte Olivares, Principal of Razzamataz Maidstone.
Kayleigh, Principal at Razzamataz Newcastle still teaches for Dumfries and Penrith and combines her work with being a mum to her young son:
"It’s been liberating, fulfilling and yes at times stressful and scary but ultimately massively rewarding. The rest of the network are so motivating and supportive and it is wonderful to be part of it."
Although being a teacher gives you a wonderful insight into running your own theatre school, it doesn’t give you the practical skills to run your own business. However, at Razzamataz, there is a fully comprehensive training week, regular support calls, the opportunity to attend as many training sessions as you like for no charge, regular webinars with a host of industry experts and there is always someone on hand to ask for advice.
"The support you receive is second to none. If you want it, and ask for it, it is there! The best piece of advice I received is to talk to as many people as possible, gather all the information you can and think solutions - not problems! I’m now in the position where I can watch my students and my business grow and thrive and that’s a wonderful feeling."
As well as performing arts teachers, Razzamataz also have former Primary and Secondary school teachers within the network who have left their jobs to concentrate on running their own theatre schools. Many have explained that Razzamataz can offer them a better work/life balance and the flexibility it offers is more suited to their own family life.
For new franchisees, Razzamataz has a special offer of just £7,995 (£2,000 saving) to launch a Razzamataz theatre school.
4th July 2018
Razzamataz was delighted to be among the winners at the bfa Awards 2018.
28th June 2018
Razzamataz Theatre Schools is offering a special financing incentive for new franchisees.
15th June 2018
Razzamataz Theatre Schools have developed a training system that works for all.
12th June 2018
Are working-class children are being denied the opportunity to participate in Performing Arts due to rising costs of training?
4th June 2018
Two Razzamataz Theatre Schools franchisees have been announced as finalist in bfa awards.
14th May 2018
Razzamataz was delighted to exclusively host Kerry Ellis’s singing and performing masterclasses in Scotland, Sheffield and London for its students.
1st May 2018
Razzamataz discuss franchisees exit strategy because with the right support in place the potential resale value is an exciting prospect.
27th April 2018
To add to its long list of awards, incentives and support initiatives, Razzamataz Theatre Schools has launched a new incentive for franchisees.
24th April 2018
Razzamataz Early Years Franchise has been created for people wanting to work in the children’s performing arts industry.
3rd April 2018
Students from Razzamataz Tonbridge got the opportunity to dance with Darcey Bussell.
23rd March 2018
Razzamataz Theatre School in Sutton Coldfield are supporting a Ugandan student to attend school.
22nd March 2018
Razzamataz Theatre Schools is backing ITV’s This Morning’s newly launched Be Kind Campaign.
13th March 2018
Razzamataz Theatre Schools has joined the ranks of the elite after their own franchisees provided feedback for an industry survey for a second year in a row.
23rd February 2018
To help to encourage youngsters to try something new, Razzamataz Theatre Schools is hosting a National Bring a Friend Day.
8th February 2018
Teamwork triumphed at the, Dragons' Den backed, Razzamataz Theatre Schools franchise conference.
23rd January 2018
Aspiring Razzamataz performers are given the chance to work with a top industry professional.
18th December 2017
Razzamataz have started preparation for GDPR already so they have plenty of time to make sure their Principals are fully up to date when the new regulations come into force in May 2018.
1st December 2017
Razzamataz students travelled to Disneyland® Paris for a special performance opportunity.
27th October 2017
Youngsters from Razzamataz Cambridge will be performing alongside Collabro.
20th October 2017
Razzamataz Theatre Schools children take part in a special performance during Disneyland® Paris anniversary.
16th October 2017
Youngsters from Razzamataz Theatre Schools have been raising money for the company’s charity Future Fund.
2nd October 2017
National Work Life Week gives the opportunity for both employers and employees to focus on well-being and creating a good work-life balance.
18th September 2017
Scholarship winners will be taking up their places with their local Razzamataz schools in September.
21st August 2017
Razzamataz Theatre Schools allow children to find their place in the world through performing arts.
I don’t have a business background so after deciding to retire from professionally performing it was the memories of Razzamataz on Dragons’ Den that set the wheels in motion. I was really inspired by the brand and the business model and because it is a franchise business we receive a lot of help and support from Head Office as well as on-going training so I can make Razzamataz Barnet the success that I believe it can be. In the last 12 months, I have doubled my student numbers in a very competitive market and I have now clear plans on how I would like my business to progress this year.Michael French, Razzamataz Barnet
The support from Head Office is fantastic and they are always there to listen and to guide you through. You are getting advertising/marketing ideas, contacts and systems provided for you that you may not have if you were to open an independent school.Amy Latchman, Razzamataz Rickmansworth.
The support and training we get means that we can get help on any aspect of our business. It has also been a fantastic and rewarding way of working, allowing me to continue to be there for the family while running my own business.Lisa Roberts, Razzamataz Rickmansworth
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