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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.

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

Children seem very excited coming to your class - they all look so enthusiastic. Liam is really keen to attend and has a happy smile when the class is finished.

I find this class brilliant as it teaches them self confidence.

– Mrs Karine Neri

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

– Mrs A K Johnson

Sophie and Haley are brilliant with the children. Zac is a sensitive child and the drama classes have really brought him out of himself. Perform is the highlight of his week!

– Mrs Sara Harris

Since joining the group Molly's confidence has rocketed she is absolutely loving the sessions! Thank you so much.

– Ms Simone Lyons

It’s lovely to see Rosie’s enthusiasm for the class and her embracing activities she finds challenging. It is indicative of the quality of the care and teaching that Rosie feels safe enough and free from anxiety to engage. 

– Mrs Nicky Mcguinness

My children love Perform! I would highly recommend it, very inclusive and brilliant at helping kids with their confidence. The app is great too.

– Ms Pippa Barrowclough

Leo loves his classes and his confidence has improved significantly within a few weeks of joining Perform.

– Mrs Athanasia Safiani

Sophia has said that her confidence has grown over the past 6weeks of attending Perform. She really enjoys getting involved with all aspects of the class and has made a bunch of new friends.

– Miss Kerry George

Amelie loves going to Perform and I like the weekly themes. Dealing with anger this week was a very relevant topic for Amelie! Oli is so enthusiastic and helped Amelie to fit in straightaway.

– Mrs Jennifer Parkes
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