Inside the BGA Hub: Creating an Inspiring Learning Environment for the Future

Exploring the Unique Features and Benefits of BGA's Innovative Hub Concept

The hub is a physical space where BGA learners go to study, learn, integrate and interact with their peers as well as their learning coaches and community. 

All hubs are open daily during the week from Monday to Friday, 08:00 until 18:00. Public holidays as well as Easter and Christmas holidays are the only times when the hubs are closed, BGA hubs do not close down during the summer allowing learners to continue their studies throughout the year. 

How many learners are there per hub? 

BGA limits the hub size to around 30 people with one learning coach per 15 learners, minimum. Once the hubs become full in any one location BGA will open a second or third hub to accommodate demand. A minimum of 6 learners is required to open a new hub. 

There are a range of ages at all hubs from those just starting off their secondary education and others finalising their next moves after A Level and beyond. All learners at BGA are considered equal; there is no hierarchy - everyone is unique and individual but no different from the next.  

What about breaks or lunchtime?

The learners are given the autonomy to organise their own academic schedule and so they are capable of allotting their own breaks and lunchtimes. These will vary from person to person however some hubs learners have decided on a shared lunch break so that they can have some shared communal time to eat, chat and play games outside, etc. 

How many hours do learners spend in the hubs? 

Again, this is an autonomous decision and also depends on the academic schedule of the learners, however BGA recommend that learners spend an average of five hours per day present at their hub. Learners are able to use the hub from 8am to 6pm every day of the week and so their hours will vary from learner to learner. 

Can BGA learners move from hub to hub?

Provided that the idea is planned and communicated with the relevant learning coaches, there is no problem with learners moving between hubs. Hub rotation is often encouraged as it gives the learners and insight into other cultures, communities and can often provide stimulation and inspiration for their chosen path.

What else does a hub have to offer?

The hub serves as the meeting place and a hive of activity for its learners, not just as a place in which they study but also the place from which they go to explore their community and get involved in local activities, internships, entrepreneurial ideas, local groups, clubs, music, sports, as well as environmental preservation and a social life. If a learner wants to open a door, the hub will help them find the key!