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What Does My Child Need?

Every child develops in different ways. No-one knows what a child needs better than their parent or guardian. The person who watches them grow, cares for and challenges them, understands them more than anyone. But what they might not understand is that performing arts aren’t just for the naturally theatrically inclined, or those seeking a […]

My First Jigsaw Experience

I’d been working at Jigsaw head office a little over a week as the Office and Social Media Assistant when Founder and Company Director Nikki asked me to join her for a class at Jigsaw Crouch End. It’s one thing to be on the other end of the phone, telling people how great Jigsaw is, […]

Are Singing Lessons Worth it?

Now, I’m sure that there are a lot of us out there who enjoy singing out loud to our favourite pop songs in the shower. The decibels bouncing off the bathroom tiles as we serenade an imaginary concert of adoring fans, all in the safety of our own home. But aside from the fantasy of […]

Why is Dance Important?

This guest blog was written by Isabelle, who teaches dance at Jigsaw Balham, Jigsaw Bexleyheath and Jigsaw Croydon! Dance has been a huge part of my life for as long as I can remember. Many of my fondest childhood memories are of being in the vibrant heat of the dance studio learning new moves or […]

Jigsaw Comes to Plumstead!

Plumstead is a busy London suburb just south of the Thames. It boasts itself as the birth place many a famous name including Blue and Eastenders star Lee Ryan, former JLS band member Martin Humes, and if you go back far enough, is even mentioned in the Domesday Book! But something big is on the […]

Jigsaw Bexleyheath: 10 Students and 80 Years Collective Experience

When I visited Jigsaw Bexleyheath on the first day of the Spring term it was a cold, damp morning, however, as I pulled up in the school’s car park with parents busying themselves with coats and buggies, I could sense that there was excitement in the air! Kate, the school’s manager had already arrived, her […]

Why Arts Education is Important in a Child’s Social Development

This blog post on children’s social development is written by Emily, the manager of Jigsaw Balham.  As an advocate for the arts and the benefits it can bring about in young people, I could talk about this until I am blue in the face… but I shan’t. Instead I shall attempt to sum it up […]

New Jigsaw Schools Open with Record Attendance

This term we saw the opening of three exciting new Jigsaw schools in Harlow, Teddington and Cardiff. “It has been a terrific start to the year” says Company Director Andy Hutchings, “the training provided by our award-winning franchise package and the commitment and enthusiasm of our new franchisees Rachel, Imogen and Philippa have meant that all […]

Jigsaw Students take to the stage in Sevenoaks Pantomime

Last month was an exciting time for two talented students from Jigsaw Sevenoaks! Not only did Hope and Georgia have the Jigsaw Spring term to look forwards to, but they were also preparing to tread the boards in their local pantomime, a production of Sleeping Beauty. Following the show’s success, we caught up with the […]

Our favourite drama games that you too can play at home

At Jigsaw we believe that drama is an important tool in any child’s development. From helping students to develop their concentration and creative thinking, it also teaches children to share ideas, listen, communicate efficiently and problem solve. Just like any other skill, we become better at all these things with practice, but there’s no need […]

The Value of Creativity

This guest blog post on children’s creativity is written by Emily, manager of Jigsaw Balham.  I have had the pleasure of working with Jigsaw Arts for a number of years as a singing, drama and dance teacher, and in the last year have become the manager for the brilliant Jigsaw Balham. I have been engaged […]

Jigsaw Reviews: A Christmas Carol

Back in November we announced the winner of our Jigsaw Reviews Competition, and this month our lucky winner Thomas of Jigsaw Croydon went to see A Christmas Carol at the Chickenshed Theatre. Boasting 5 star reviews, this retelling of Charles Dickens classic story of Ebenezer Scrooge had a lot to live up to. So, did it meet great expectations? […]