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competitive, you need to make this venture pay for itself. Take a look at what FE colleges and arts organisations are charging for tuition. How many people you accept on your workshop will also help determine how much to charge.


You need to work out the costs of the following: • Your overheads (heating, lighting); • Marketing costs (printed leaflets, magazine/newspaper advertising); • Equipment (using equipment for workshops means it will depreciate in value); • Materials (recoup this cost by asking students to buy their own); and • Your hourly rate (at least minimum wage).


Divide the total by the number of people who will be attending your course. How many people can attend before you go into the red? This will be your minimum number. After that, more students will take you into profit.


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How shall I deliver my workshop? You know all the skills needed to make your craft but do you know how to share this knowledge with others? Without a plan, your workshop will become chaotic and students may lose interest or become disruptive! If you are delivering a course of


“Make every session interesting”


workshops, writing a scheme of work will help you to plan what they will learn and when they will learn it. Every session needs a lesson plan which makes clear: 1) ‘Aims’ of the workshop - what they hope to achieve; and 2) ‘Objectives’ of the workshop - how they are going to achieve it.


Make every session interesting


by giving it a beginning, middle and end. I like my workshops to be quite dynamic by starting with an activity, but you may want to start your sessions with information or a demonstration.


Think about how much of your session will be teacher-led and how much your students will learn by discovering for themselves. Break up your session into bite- size activities and monitor so that everyone understands and is happy. If your workshop is longer than an hour consider including a tea break.


What are the legal considerations? If you are earning money from teaching at home, this may affect your home owner’s insurance and you may need to check this with your mortgage company or buildings insurance provider.


More importantly, you will need public liability insurance, even if you are teaching from another premises. Should someone have an accident using your equipment the owners of the premises will not be happy to pick up the bill.


If you are working for another


organisation, you will probably need a Criminal Records Bureau certificate,


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