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Family films to watch over Christmas time 2019

Christmas film season has definitively begun with – what else? – London-set festive rom-com Last Christmas, currently in cinemas, and highly-anticipated Disney sequel Frozen II out next! We thought it was about time to continue one of our Christmas traditions, and bring you our list of the best family films to watch this season! Remember […]

Why do you like coming to Jigsaw?

While filming our latest video about the benefits of dance, we took the opportunity to catch up with some students to ask them a few questions about Jigsaw!    What’s your favourite subject (dance, drama or singing) at Jigsaw and why? Violet – I really like all of them, but dance is my favourite one. […]

Jigsaw is a Finalist at the Best Franchise Awards 2019!

We are delighted to share that Jigsaw is a finalist in the Children’s Services Category at the 2019 Best Franchise Awards, sponsored by Lloyds Bank! Andy Hutchings, Jigsaw’s Director of Franchising, said, “I am delighted to be a finalist. It is a reflection of the hard work and dedication of our managers. I am very […]

Win Tickets to ‘The Comedy About A Bank Robbery’!

We have a fantastic competition for a Jigsaw student to win tickets to The Comedy About A Bank Robbery at the Criterion Theatre! Read on to see how to enter… Win tickets to see five-star show The Comedy About A Bank Robbery! Breaking into its fourth year, Mischief Theatre’s smash-and-grab hit The Comedy About A […]

Learning Perseverance

Malcolm Gladwell’s concept of “10,000 hours” has firmly entered popular culture since his book Outliers was published in 2008. The idea is that perseverance and practice can make someone great at something. This can count as much as, if not more than, what someone is born with. Whether these hours can be counted exactly, and what […]

New to Jigsaw? Here’s our top 5 Things you can Expect on your First Day

We all know that feeling, the anticipation of doing something for the first time. For some people this manifests as excitement, an unstoppable optimistic energy as they look forward to joining a new club or taking on a new activity. For some of us however, doing something new can be a daunting experience that leaves […]

“An Exciting Whirlwind of a Journey” with Jigsaw Harlow!

This blog post is written by Rachel, franchisee of Jigsaw Harlow.  After moving away from a career as an actress in the performing arts industry, I struggled for a long time to find something that brought me as much joy as being on stage did. I first began teaching alongside bar jobs and then office […]

How to Conquer Stage Fright!

Glossophobia. No, it’s not a new type of paint. It’s the fear of public speaking – or, in other words, stage fright. It’s one of the most common fears. Even very experienced performers get stage fright, so it’s not surprising that children do as well.   “I get stage fright and gremlins in my head […]

The Cure for Back to School Blues

There’s an epidemic sweeping the country – the back to school blues. After a long summer of holidays, beaches, clubs and pools, the reality of another term – another year! – at school starts to sink in. And it doesn’t just afflict children. Parents have been feeling the pressure of buying new stationary, replacing outgrown, […]

Spotlight on… Work Experience Student Mollie!

Recently, former Jigsaw Finchley student Mollie joined the Jigsaw Head Office team for a week of work experience. We love hearing what Jigsaw students get up to when they’re older and how their classes have helped them, as we have with work experience students joining us in the past, so we took the opportunity to […]

Jigsaw Review: The Worst Witch, Vaudeville Theatre

Recently on the Jigsaw blog, we ran a competition to win tickets to The Worst Witch on stage! We can now unveil the winning entry: If I was a witch my favourite spell would be, I’ll make my cat disappear to have adventures climbing trees, Sneaking up on the neighbour’s dog that’s always teasing him,So […]

Top Five Summer Activities for Children

Schools are out, August is imminent and we’ve already survived a heatwave – it’s definitely summer! If you’re in need of some inspiration for your child’s summer fun, we’ve got you covered. In no particular order, here are our Top Five Summer Activities for Children. 5. Open air theatre Who says a theatre trip is […]