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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.

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

Thomas can be such a shy child so it’s an absolute delight to see how he has engaged with the classes at perform. He has only recently joined but he walks in with a big grin and a spring in his step. It has helped him already as he had such a big clear voice for his lines in his school nativity play. It was also so lovely to see him performing at the end of term perform class. Evie and the class teacher are so engaging and fun and they seem have a gift for making children feel empowered and confident. Thank you so much.

– Mrs Georgina Croutear

Hannah absolutely loves coming to Perform. As a loud, confident girl, it’s nice to have a class where she can nurture the things she loves the most. I really like how Rhia explains the class at the end of the sessions and I know Hannah is getting a lot of enjoyment out of the class.

– Ms Hayley Fuller

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

The classes are great and have helped so much with Olly’s confidence. He loves coming every week.

– Miss Zoe Miller

Mia has absolutely come on leaps and bounds during her time at Perform! From being a very quiet and shy girl, Mia has blossomed so well and thoroughly loves her lessons and shows. Her confidence also radiates to all other aspects of her life. Amazing!!

– Laura Townsend

Sian is a different child since joining Perform. For quite some time, her confidence and self esteem were low. It was a battle to get her to try anything new. We have all seen an amazing difference with Sian. She is enthusiastic, energetic, and most important to us 'happy.' 

– Mrs Linda Coker

Rosa is really enjoying Perform and even throughout tonight’s performance I could see her confidence grow.

– Miss Emma Found

Maxime loves coming and is looking forward to it every week.The teachers are absolutely amazing; encouragingly motivating all of the children, even the not so confident ones.Thank you so much for all of your hard work and the time that you invest in helping children to grow every day.

– Mrs Erika Maindrou

Both girls love Abi, and her energy and enthusiasm is infectious. Both girls look forward to their classes and their comfort in performing in front of an audience has improved fantastically.

– Roo Modasia-Patel
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