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Lucy's blog

He's behind you!

The count down to Christmas is on and what does that mean? Pantomimes! Going to a pantomime is often a child’s first exposure to the theatre and is something I do every year with my children. It’s also an exciting time for many of our teachers as they take to...

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...

How to discuss bad news with children

It’s a sad fact of life that much of the news we hear reported on the radio and TV is often bad news involving violence and death. My two children, aged six and eight, are at the age where they ask questions when they overhear such news being reported and as a parent,...

Can science make your child ‘smarter?’

  I blogged a few weeks ago about an article claiming “how to make your child into a genius” and today I found this article which I thought I’d share with you too. It’s apparently about how to make your kids smarter (this time...

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...

Why is there such judgement over having a C-section?

  I read a tweet at the weekend by an antenatal blogger, bemoaning the fact that the number of C-section operations are rising in the UK. When I did my prenatal classes, I remember there was a very short section at the end about what would happen if you had to...

Is choice a good thing?

  We are incredibly fortunate to live in a time where there are so many extra-curricular activities for our children to try and enjoy. When I was growing up in South Wales, my choices were limited to dance, sport or music lessons. Yet, nowadays children can try yoga,...

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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