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Frequently asked questions

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How do you recruit, check and train Perform teachers?

Perform teachers are usually working actors who have extensive experience working with children and a special affinity for inspiring them to grow and develop.

They are hand-picked after a lengthy audition during which they demonstrate their ability to sing, dance, act and enthuse children.

Once selected, they go through a rigorous checking procedure including verbal and written communication with personal and professional references and a full DBS check.

Our training is comprehensive and includes a basic teacher module, advanced Producer training including sessions on Risk Assessments and Health & Safety and other modules for specific Perform products such as Perform Parties and workshops in schools. Producers also undergo regular First Aid courses focused on children and babies.

Once trained, teachers attend several classes to shadow and observe and are accompanied on their first few weeks by an Area Partner.

Once they are working for Perform, all staff attend termly refresher training and termly evaluations to ensure that they are full conversant with the latest curriculum, resources and best practice. 

How will you keep me informed about my child's development?

You'll receive a personalised Feedback Form written by your Perform Producer every ten weeks. This will detail your child's progress in each of the three main parts of the classes together with more general comments. Every Feedback Form is read and signed by the Principal, Lucy Quick, before being sent to you. These Feedback Forms are an ideal starting point for further conversations but, if you don't have time to talk at the classes, you'll have your Producer's personal mobile number and email address to get in touch at any time.

The Producer will also send you a weekly email detailing what that week's focus has been so you know what areas of Perform's curriculum is being covered week by week.

In addition, three times a year, family and friends can enjoy half-termly Open Workshops and end-of-term Presentations where your child will show you what they've learnt as part of the current theme. You'll be notified about forthcoming Open Workshops and Presentations by your Producer.

What if we miss a class?

When your child enrols or renews at Perform, we book them a place in the class for a block of ten consecutive classes. This means that, even if they don't attend, that space has been reserved for them and no other child can take their place for that class. Unfortunately therefore, missed classes cannot be added on to the end of a block under any circumstances.

We do however have a system of "make-up" classes where your child can attend another venue to make up the missed session providing they are still attending Perform. This is dependent on availability and needs to be confirmed by contacting us on the day for weekday schools and on the Friday before for weekend classes.

Please see our Terms and Conditions for more details.

Why don't you separate the children into smaller age groups?

In classes for 4-7s, the nature of the unique games and exercises means that a 7 year old child can enjoy and benefit from them just as much as a 4 year old and vice versa. In fact, we've found that a mixed age range increases the opportunities for growth and development. Younger children are stretched and stimulated by the rest of the group and older children blossom from the ability to influence activities and gain valuable leadership skills.

In our classes for 7-12s, we focus on developing social skills via performing arts skills and techniques so previous experience and character is more relevant here than age.

We limit our class size to 22 children and every class has two Perform staff members to ensure that every child - no matter their age - is gaining the most from the class.

What difference will I see in my child?

Every activity at Perform is designed to boost what we call The 4 Cs: Confidence, Concentration, Coordination and Communication.

Whether it's a game about eye contact, an exercise to focus attention or improvisations about making friends and understanding others, we'll put your child at the centre of everything we do.

In fact, after only a few months at Perform, you'll almost certainly notice your child is... 

- more personable and self-assured

- more confident in their abilities

- more enthusiastic about trying new things

- more relaxed in social situations

- more articulate in conversation

- more successful in the classroom.

In fact, there are so many benefits that we couldn't possibly list them all here. Instead, we offer every child a FREE Session which means you can see them for yourself. Contact us now or book online.

What happens if my child says they don't want to come anymore?

In our experience, children who show a reluctance to attend a Perform class when they have been attending happily are sometimes responding to other pressures relating to school, friends or family issues.

In these situations, it's often best to call your Perform Producer to discuss the problem. They will be able to tell you how your child has been performing in the classes and may have an insight into any problem areas.

If you're sure you don't want your child to continue attending classes already paid for, please be aware that we don't offer refunds. However, it is possible to cancel your child's sessions and transfer the resulting credit onto your account to be used in the future for parties, holiday courses or CDs. If you wish to restart classes in the future, you'll have to buy a minimum of 10 consecutive classes. For more information, see our Terms and Conditions.

Why do I have to purchase 10 classes at a time?

Perform runs a rolling curriculum which focuses on the continual development of your child over time. This also allows your child to start when they're ready rather than having to wait for the start of a term.

Although we have breaks for school holidays, we believe your child's progress is best assessed at regular intervals unique to them even though these may span the school holidays. This system also allows Perform teachers to spend more time considering each child's individual development on a regular basis.

We do, however, recognise that it's not always convenient to renew in this way, so we offer an option to renew to the end of term at a slightly higher rate per class.

 

This isn’t a class, it’s a life-changing experience. Thank you for everything you put into it, it doesn’t go unnoticed and makes all the difference. I just wish everyone got the opportunity to do Perform... Thank you doesn’t even cover it.

– Angela Cahill

I am so pleased I have found perform, I think it's the perfect balance for this age group of fun and skills. Robbie has always been incredibly approachable and teaches with a great enthusiasm that has meant Martha has settled into the classes very quickly. Thank you.

– Mrs Anna Young

My favourite thing about the class, other than Charlotte's infectious enthusiasm, is the way that life skills are integrated into each class in a way that the children don't realise they're doing anything more than having fun!

– Kaye Cooke

This is my daughter's favourite club ever (and she has done a fair few!). After the free taster, she asked if she could go back the next day. Having the CD with great songs is also a massive positive bonus.

– Anni Oskala

Archie's been coming nearly three years now and is still enthusiastic about it. New games and activities keep it fresh. And both boys love Abby, who balances fun with discipline really well. Very happy to recommend!

– Claire Campbell

Anya absolutely loves her sessions and her teachers. She looks forward to Perform every week and she is always buzzing with energy and excitement before and after her classes. I can't fault Perform.

– Tina Chan

The beaming smile you see when Annabelle finishes a class with Oliver is so wonderful to see. She has grown in confidence and thoroughly enjoys singing and dancing all the time. Love, love, love the class and wish we could all take part!

– Katie Pashley

The teachers are so professional and really listen to what I am looking to get from the classes. They are so good with the children and really care how they progress.

– Symah Pasha

A fantastic drama club which inspires oodles of confidence and fun.

– Jessica Bailey

Rachel is incredible, so dedicated and professional and really knows how to get the best out of the children and to help them with their development. My daughter loves going to Perform and runs in happily each week

– Rachel Simpson

There is something about Perform which is different to other drama classes - it feels as if the teacher is more interested in my son's individual needs, progress and happiness than anything else.

– Claire Elhaggagi

Max is new to the class - but is loving it. Lucy is fantastic - Energetic, perceptive, fun, & in control. He gets more out of this class in terms of life skills and development than four days a week at Nursery!

– Anna

Poppy is so excited to go to her class every week and has been singing and dancing along to the CD all week. A wow of a success. Thank you.

– Alice Turner

Archie just loves Perform and whilst only having been doing it for 4 or 5 weeks, I was so impressed with the show yesterday - he cant wait for next term and was asking if it started today! we feel with have found something that really keeps Archie engaged, focused and catches his imagination.

– Alison Tait

I really like the weekly feedback by e-mail. The girls love the stickers and really look forward to going to the class each week. It is a good carrot for getting homework done on Saturday morning.

– Amanda Fitzmaurice

It is unusual for Ben to settle so easily into a new situation. We are sending him to this course to build his confidence and he is thoroughly enjoying. He describes Samantha as 'very funny' and loves to go each week. The stickers for the poster are also a big hit and he is loving the funky fairy!

– Caroline Woid

My daughter really looks forward to a Monday night, I like the fact there is no pressure for them to 'get it right' its fun and is helping to develop her confidence. I really like the way the class is run and will be paying for next term.

– Christine Pamment

A great balance of discipline and fun. Cooper comes out of class completely engaged and enthused. It's a great end to his week and start to the weekend!

– Claudia simon

It is the only after school activity that my son has never complained about. You have obviously cracked a very good formula, mixing fun and educational activities. I recommend it to everyone.

– Ella Scott

The first thing Wilf says every morning is "Is it a Perform day?" and 6 out of 7 of those days he starts the day disappointed. Keep up the fantastic work - what you do is truly amazing. Thank you. BTW the App is a HUGE hit in this house...

– Emma Johnson

We are really impressed with the organisation, from the app, CD, stickers etc to the lovely weekly email sent to give details on what the class covered. Our entire household and extended family now know all the "under the sea" songs off by heart!

– Helen Hughes

Bella absolutely loves it. She wrote a letter to Sam after her second session saying that Perform was the best thing in the entire world!

– Helena Holden

It is the highlight of their week! Both my children really enjoy the class and the CD is on all the time at home - they love the stories and spend lots of time dancing around our living room!

– Josephine Cerqua

We are delighted that we found Perform! Both boys are absolutely loving it - they come out full buzzing of stories, energy and their eyes shine a bit brighter...it's been great for them both. Love it!

– Kate Harris

Excellent - Joshua loves to receive a sticker at the end of each class to add to his poster. The e-mail each day after the class highlights the main focus of the class, I can then ask Joshua about this.

– Melanie Petch

My two children love it. Grace's enthusiasm is really catchy, I attended a 15 minute performance and even I felt like getting up and taking part.

– Nili

A very professional organisation. The energy & enthusiasm from the teachers is impressive. Excellent & useful feedback.

– Pamela

I am impressed with Perfom and the resources that support the class/theme for the term, for example the poster/stickers; CD and IPad app. This has enabled me to continue the work and support Aaron at home, including the dances and songs.

– Rebecca Daniels

Absolutely excellent, Poppy loves it and is so confident - this has spilled out to how she is at school now too. Am very impressed and thrilled at all aspects - especially how professional and communicative Perform is, thank you.

– Sally Cousins

Isla loves the classes and looks forward to them every week. Elise is a great teacher and incredibly enthusiastic. I think the mixed ages class works well as Isla looks up to the older children.

– Samantha Blake

Love that you are able to make-up classes if you miss and the small class size.

– Sara Diamond

It is the best money I've ever spent on an after school activity. The children are totally engaged for the entire session. They absolutely love going and it is lovely to see their faces of sheer pleasure, excitement, laughter etc. I am so impressed, Oliver is absolutely amazing.

– Sarah Laughlin

Fantastic ! Hannah loves singing and dancing and is very expressive so this is a lovely way to channel her creativity ! Also I hope it will help her concentrate a bit more without distraction........!

– Sue Richards

Both Sophie and Josh love going to David's class, it the one activity that they both ask 'is it time to go yet'. I am so impressed with David, he really knows how to get the best out of the children.

– Susan Brown

I'm hugely impressed by your company, from the actual lessons; to the show literature; to the songs that are available on the app; to the follow up e-mail after each class! Wow, wow, wow. THANK YOU!

– Vanessa Imondi
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