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Background, values and aims

Background

The Perform Bursary Scheme was set up in 2009 in response to teachers, parents and others in the community requesting opportunities for young people who could benefit from Perform courses but who were not in a position to pay for the costs of the course. In response to this and internal discussions on embedding the values of Perform in a wider project, the Bursary Scheme was established.

Significant work was carried out to clarify the values underpinning the scheme and what this would mean in practice, including a structure that would allow continued growth in terms of its reach to young people.

 

Values

The underpinning values of the Scheme are:

Learning

The Scheme provides a space where young people can not only develop basic physical skills but also emotional and social skills that will enable them to increase awareness of self and enable positive interactions with other young people. Learning in this way is young person centred, recognising that every young person is different and will have different needs and paths in which they develop.

Opportunity

The Scheme provides an accessible and positive environment in which a young person can feel safe and secure to participate and grow. In addition an environment in which young people have the opportunity to see things differently, to be encouraged and inspired and importantly, happy in their own skin.

Focus

Drama is an excellent tool for developing a young person; it creates a clear focus for their participation and progress but without being intrusive i.e. they are engaged and enjoying the experience whilst being less aware of the range of skills they are learning. It also provides a framework for discipline and concentration, two key elements found to be important in the young person’s development.

Fun and Enjoyment

The Scheme provides an opportunity for young people to have fun and enjoy themselves in other young people’s company. It gives many young people a chance to be happy and to forget about worries and concerns and just enjoy being part of something; where they are important and their progress is consistently encouraged.

Diversity

Young people with and from a range of identities, cultures, backgrounds, ages, disabilities and/or beliefs are welcomed and supported. Diversity itself is valued as an important asset to a drama class, endorsing different thinking and types of social interaction.

 

Aims

The aim of the Perform Bursary Scheme is to provide the opportunity for young people to attend Perform drama classes who would not otherwise have access due to socio-economic and/or other social barriers.

The key component of the Scheme is the allocation of a year’s free drama sessions to young people across the South East, provided by Perform.

By attending the drama course a young person has the opportunity to improve confidence, concentration and have a sense of knowing what they can achieve. The course provides more than just activities; it is a step-by-step journey of inspiration and encouragement, taking young people from an unconfident and under-performing place to one where their potential is awakened and developed.

Perform is very good for Alexandra; giving her new skills, confidence and friends. She loves attending the class.

– Mrs A K Johnson

Romany is absolutely loving coming to Perform. She asks everyday if she can go again. Her confidence has blossomed over the past few weeks and she’s very excited to show off what she’s done each week.

– Miss Jade Hardy

This is the first class that both my children enjoy equally and really enjoy going to. I’m delighted. I really want them to grow in confidence and the class size and Naomi’s and Ben’s infectious enthusiasm help this. 

– Mrs Isabelle Woodward

Lola is really enjoying the classes and I see her confidence growing already! Thank you to all at perform, for helping her feel comfortable and have fun whilst learning and building her confidence. The classes really are making a difference!

– Stacy Cronin

I have never seen Dhiyan as excited to go anywhere as he is when he comes to Perform. He is becoming more and more confident in speaking.

– Mrs Kajal Shah

Ines cannot speak highly enough of Perform. She loves her teachers and enjoys her class and each week is coming out of her shell even more. Thank you so much to Jamie and Charlotte for their professionalism and teaching excellence.

– Mrs Alva Gardner-Perez

Suzie and the team are so welcoming. Sophia is so excited every week to go and comes home so happy. Her confidence has grown within a few weeks and I thank Suzie and Perform for that.

– Mr Jamie Lewis

Sophia now volunteers herself for things and runs in to class every week so excited. It’s the highlight of her week. It must be down to the quality of teaching and the creative and fun themes and activities.

– Mrs Hayley Offenbach

Alice was so shy and sheepish when she started, but Perfom has been amazing for her confidence and self esteem - even the school have commented on the improvement. All three of my children attend and Hannah always has time for each individual child and their parents.

– Alison Finlayson

Gabriella was really nervous coming to Perform but the team are so reassuring and supportive that she’s now asking for extra lines!

– Mrs L Macho
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