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Lucy's blog

A guide to using screen time well

I bought my son an iPhone a few months ago. This was partly as a reward for working towards an exam but mainly as a practical solution to him travelling on public transport to secondary school for the first time on his own. As decisions go, this was one of my worst ones...

Actors are the most resourceful people I know

As somebody who has worked with actors for over 20 years, I very rarely meet one who isn’t incredibly motivated, eager and keen to work in their chosen profession or in other fields. I suppose it's because acting work is hard to come by so you have to be flexible...

Helping children deal with back-to-school nerves

I often hear parents say that their children can get very nervous about starting school for the first time and even going back to school after the summer break. If this is your child, then rest assured that it’s really normal and lots and lots of children experience...

When I’m King of the Jungle…..

Having a voice, the ability to share your opinion on something, is the most powerful thing in the world. If you’ve ever been in a situation where you didn’t feel like you had a voice then I’m sure you’ll agree. When I was a young girl in primary...

Vocal projection...and how to teach it

Those of you who are familiar with my blog posts will know that I love talking about the magical effect drama can have on child development. It’s something that we’re 100% passionate about at Perform. Every week, as well as lots...

10 Things you never knew about Neverland

The infamous tale of the boy who never grew up captured imaginations over 100 years ago and  continues to do so today. Over the decades, it has entered popular culture on a level that few literary works ever do, evolving along the way and influencing everything from...

Creative choice from Head Teacher saves failing primary school

This week, I shared this article on social media. I read a lot about child development and probably share more articles than my friends and family would thank me for. But this article seemed to strike a chord with people and I think it’s probably because it’s both...

Why sing? - The joys and benefits of singing

As my long-suffering children will tell you, I love to sing. I sing all the time. It’s something that’s always been a huge part of my life - from growing up in Wales (where we all do it!), to working eight shows a week in musical theatre, to founding Perform -...

Perform X – so much more than a dance class

Around two years ago, we established Perform X, a street and hip hop dance class for 6-12 year olds. As with our drama classes, we wanted to offer more than just a dance lesson. We wanted to use dance as a tool for developing life skills as well as keeping fit. And...

Finding the Best - How We Recruit Perform Teachers

When Perform parents feed back to me about our teachers,  they consistently use the same vocabulary to describe them. 'Nurturing', 'energetic', 'inspiring', 'amazing' are words that come up again and again. Considering there are...
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