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Lucy's blog

The Perform Bursary Scheme

If you read my blogs regularly, you’ll know that I’m like a broken record when it comes to how fantastic drama is for child development. It’s central to everything we do at Perform. But I am also aware that not everyone has the financial means to pay for the...

How to help your child enter a room confidently

We have a different life skill focus each week at our Perform classes. These focuses are chosen from a combination of requests from parents over the years and my own experience as a mother of two. For example, the inspiration for last term’s “Manners...

19 years of Perform

Doesn’t time fly when you’re having fun? That age-old saying certainly applies to the last 19 years I have spent running Perform. On Tuesday January the 8th, it’s our birthday and what a whirlwind it’s been. I started out back in 2000...

Separation Anxiety: How to leave a crying child

One of our brilliant Perform Teachers sent me this article. It's about how parents should deal with separation anxiety when leaving their child at school or a class for the first time and I wholeheartedly agree with the advice. For 20 years, I’ve taught...

Do screens kill creativity?

  I read this article recently which discusses how parents bribe their children with computer time. I have to say that it did rather resonate with me as I am definitely guilty of using my iPad to keep my own two kids quiet. If you don’t have time to read...

What does drama bring to people?

I know I go on about this in my blogs but drama is SO powerful. I'm aware that some people see drama as a dispensable add-on in schools. An extra-curricular activity that's fun but not educational. At a time of budget cuts and standardised tests I can see why...

Why drama should be available to all children

I read an article in the Evening Standard recently where writer David Wood, who recently adapted Judith Kerr’s ‘The Tiger Who Came To Tea for the stage, talked about the importance of drama for children. He said that children who take part in workshops...

A step-by-step guide to the autumn term

  It’s the end of the summer holidays and we are now extremely busy putting the final touches to our curriculum for Autumn Term 2014. When I set up Perform nearly 15 years ago, I wanted to create a drama school which was about the children having the best fun...

Don’t demoralise our teachers, Mr Gove!

  I recently read this in-depth article in The Guardian about the reasons teachers are leaving the profession. A number of teachers are interviewed about how targets and inspections are affecting them – and more importantly, school children. The...

Acting should be fun for children - not work

  I found this blog post last night written by film director Ben Gregor (yes – I know it was written last year, but better late than never!). The full article is well worth reading, but let me share the first paragraph with you...
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