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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.

We started Perform because we wanted to build Arlo’s confidence. Stephanie made a big effort to connect with him and he has loved every single session so far. He is very proud of going to Perform and looks forward to it all week.

– Ms Mary Paterson

Perform is my children's favourite hour of the week. They have a lot of fun and learn so many useful things for life. Jessica and Grant are absolutely fantastic, they have so much energy, are very friendly and professional. I would recommend Perform to everyone!

– Cecilia Klein

Yasmina’s confidence has really improved since starting Perform. The games are a hit and the teachers are so engaged and entertaining ! As a parent, I love the little ‘life lessons’- they're so important for their emotional and mental development.

– Dr Asma Fikree

Kayla really does enjoy and looks forward to Tuesdays. Her confidence has grown even more and I’m so excited about her performing arts skills. Thank you

– Mrs Joyce Oluwatobi

Seher enjoys the session and she loves her teachers. She has shown significant improvement in her confidence, Speech and social skills. She looks forward to going to her drama lesson.

– Mrs Sreepriya Bhowmik

Alana is really enjoying it and I feel that it is helping her to express herself. I noticed that her speaking is clearer.

– Justine Lee

The teachers are professional, engaging and have a real passion for their jobs. The content is structured well thought out and engaging and I have already noticed a difference in the confidence of my girls.

– Mrs Claire Hunter

Kalila really enjoys her lessons, she comes home from them full of energy and is very motivated to learn her lines. I can already see an increased level of self-confidence in her and I love the element of life skills coaching that the classes provide. 

– Lara Cork

My daughter has so much fun in the class. She always looks forward to coming and leaves happy too. We can already see a difference in her, her confidence is growing and she is opening up more too.

– Mrs Mary Ann James

Zachary loves going to Perform each week and is always practising his dancing and singing at home. Charlotte and Keeley are brilliant with them all and it’s so lovely to see how his confidence has grown already.

– Miss Beki Wray-Daly
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