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Priorities and delivery considerations

Priorities

The immediate priority of the Scheme is to increase the number of people within the target group who are reached and supported.

The target group is young people aged 4-12 years old who are:

  • From a household income of less than £40,000 (and ideally less than £20,000)
  • Have specific personal development needs
  • Likely to benefit from drama as a tool for development

Additional considerations have been identified for the assessment of a young person. These include:

  • Referral from a teacher
  • Specific character descriptions e.g. shy or boisterous/difficult to concentrate
  • Already showing an interest in a Perform class
  • Young people from single parent families

The key outcomes are:

  • The provision of drama class opportunities for young people who would otherwise not get the chance due to low family income and additional barriers to access
  • The provision of a positive and inspiring space for young people to grow and develop
  • The development of young people who have specific needs through the provision of drama classes that inspire, encourage and build confidence
  • The provision of kinaesthetic activities that enable young people to enjoy life, improve fitness, and assist in the development of their emotional and cognitive skills

Securing sustainable funds

To enable the increase in young people benefitting from opportunities it is necessary for the Scheme to secure additional funds. Key considerations for securing funds are:

  • Establish diverse funding streams that support the values of the Scheme
  • Targeting funds and securing supporters that will support the priorities of the Scheme
  • Encouraging long term support of the Scheme to enable a steady increase in opportunities over the next five years

Increasing awareness of the Scheme

To ensure that the Scheme targets young people most in need and within local communities across the South East, it is important that stronger links are made with local schools. Teachers of local schools where there are Perform drama classes are aware of the opportunities for young people who can pay for classes but are less aware of the opportunities for those who cannot afford to pay and have additional development needs.

To increase awareness and the referral of young people most in need and who would benefit most from drama classes, a more targeted approach to communicating with teachers will be carried out. This will be achieved by sending out letters/formal communication (current method) to speaking directly and more informally to teachers either face-to-face (by Perform Teachers) or by telephone at times when teachers are less busy and easiest to contact.

Key considerations for more effective communication include:

  • Clearer articulation of target audience and the potential benefits of drama classes (for young person development)
  • Record of teacher communication and referrals as a result
  • Clear avenues for a teacher to link to their own assessments and support of a young person
  • Specific communication channels for a teacher to discuss possible referrals

 

Delivery Considerations

Effective and efficient assessment process

The assessment process for applicants has been set out to ensure that the following is achieved and maintained:

Clear expectations for applicants are set out in publicity information and on the application form
Young people who would most benefit from a drama course apply
There are inbuilt mechanisms, that are not onerous to the applicant, that ensure that those with genuine need apply e.g. two teacher and/or other references are requested in an easy to fill out form
Trustees have a clear set of priorities for assessment, supported by a set of values to guide decision-making
Successful applicants are notified promptly and given opportunities to participate in the closest local facility
Successful applicants are supported throughout the drama course and their progress monitored
Successful applicants development is documented and feedback to each young person and their carer

Maximisation of young people opportunities

The number of young people given opportunities to participate in a drama course is directly related to the amount of income generated for the PBF. To maximise the number of opportunities the securing of additional income streams has been set as a priority for the Fund.

Holistic approach to young person development

Each young person has their own individual needs and areas for support. As such each young person is worked with on a personalised basis, with the Perform teachers identifying and supporting a young person in the best way for their development. The professional and personalised approach of Perform teachers is a organisational strength and carefully quality assured element of Perform delivery (and a frequently identified key reason for paid participation in drama classes).

Sustainable delivery for continued increase in opportunities for the long term

It is the aim of the PBF to continually increase the number of opportunities for young people through securing funds from multiple funding streams. In practice this means the PBF are constantly identifying and building relationships with individuals and organisations who understand and are able to support the aims of the Fund. A fundraiser with a good understanding of the aims and vales of the PBF will be recruited for ongoing committed time to securing funds on a commissioned basis.

Callum is so passionate about the children in his group. Archie literally bounces with confidence all the way back to the car. It's so lovely to see. Thank you Perform for such a winning formula!

– Lexie Tough

Aled is super friendly and an extremely dedicated tutor, all my three children love him, and all really look forward to their lessons. He is a fantastic teacher and a great role model for both girls and boys.

– Mrs L Weaver-Jones

It seems extremely well organised and professionally run but also lots of fun at the same time!

– Liz Power

In addition, I'm really impressed by the topics covered- such as how to stand up for yourself if being bullied. Great practical skills that they can apply to real life.

– Christina Al-Hasso

Jess is an absolute gem, Kareena has been constantly talking about the class since the first day. A real unique way of teaching and has really helped my daughter out of her little cocoon. Best thing I’ve ever invested in.

– Jemeena Notani

Olivia is amazing! My girls are truly inspired by her and look forward to the class each week - they count down the days!

– Emma Ciancimino

Can't praise Louise and Leanne enough - my son loves the classes. They are obviously naturals with the children and their enthusiasm is amazing. 

– Sarah Hunter

I've been extremely impressed by the personal interest in each child and the quality of the content. Stella has already grown in confidence in just 4 weeks.

– Lauren Seager-Smith

Olivia is just brilliant! My son and daughter are very different characters; Olivia is marvellous with them both. She is encouraging, fun and extremely professional. I have recommended this class to many of my friends and will continue to do so.

– Mrs Mandy Smith

Charlotte was fantastic with all of the children. The level of engagement was a joy to see in all of the children.

– Uphill Primary School

Annabelle is great - she is extremely professional and seems very interested in maximizing Claudio's experience with Perform.

– Mrs Louise Derbes

Ollie and his team are fantastic. My daughter Florence is quite shy but absolutely loves going to Perform and has really grown in confidence.

– Ms Emma Redding

Helena is just wonderful. Her enthusiasm is boundless and my children count down the days till Thursday.

– Mrs Claudia Moore

Very interactive. Not easy to gather so many children, different ages and backgrounds and keep them engaged. In that respect, the team do a fantastic job.

– Mrs Marta Resio

I am astounded at the amount of energy David and Molly both have each week. Their stamina and enthusiasm engage the children from beginning to end.

– Mrs Jenny Salariya

Matt and Becky are amazing ambassadors for Perform ....the security they provide around the room and the quality of teaching is outstanding. A complete privilege that Sophia's little life is being influenced by such special people. Thank you.

– Ms Anna Mcnally

Lucy is great. Full of enthusiasm and a desire to please both children and parents alike.

– Mrs Lucy O'Neil

Gemma is brilliant, she has been amazing with Neve and her brother Luke who has been attending for 2 years. Can't praise her enough!

– Tanya McDermott

It's brilliant. Karen is a sensational teacher - you should clone her. Her enthusiasm is second to none. She is perfect and we are very lucky that we have her. She deserves an award for energizing the kids and being brilliant. Sam loves her and so did Jack.

– Sally Dalton

Charlotte and Georgia are super - really professional and a credit to Perform.

– Judy Pope

Clearly contact with parents is built into the Perform structure, but Melissa's kindness and enthusiasm has been amazing. Melissa has been so helpful, offering great advice and being on hand to reassure Viva (and me!). I could not have asked for a better response

– Farrella Dove

The teachers are absolutely brilliant

– Connie

Both my boys absolutely love their Perform teachers and were particularly excited to have a male teacher! We couldn't be happier.

– Clare Dando

The teachers are very enthusiastic which makes it fun for the children. We decided to sign Esme up to Perform to help improve her confidence and encourage her to speak up in a crowd. I was really pleased to hear feedback today that she had said her lines very loudly.

– Claire Walker

Vicky and Emily both seem to really engage with both my children and make them both feel important. Building their confidence and improving their skills.

– Cara Weatherley

I cannot praise highly enough the enthusiasm Karen and Annie have in the class, which makes for a thoroughly enjoyable and really fun Sunday morning for our Ava!

– Azza Poole

I'm so impressed with Perform & especially Oli & Sophie who have the children completely captivated, engaged, happy, interacting, confident....just magnificent.

– Andrea Jenkinson
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