"Jo's puppets are a delight! Her puppet-making workshops at the Discover Culture Festival were a major attraction with standing room only and a crowd always waiting to have a go at making a puppet - genuine, creative fun for all ages!"
"Fantastic! Will apply this to school shows and Schemes of Work at as many Key Stages as possible."
"Absolutely brilliant! I learned so much that will really help bring learning to life in my school. I have never made a puppet before but this could now be whole new pastime! Thanks."
"Inspirational and a lovely opportunity to explore."
"Amazing day! Great to discuss different ideas with primary and secondary teachers. Great suggestions for puppet use across KS and curriculum. Thoroughly enjoyed making puppets. Lots of ideas to take back to school. Thanks."
"Great fun! Practical ideas. Feeling inspired."
"Two Stars and a Wish: (*) Absolutely inspiring to listen to and you’ve given me so many ideas to go away with. (*) Fantastic that most of the session was ‘hands on’! And the wish? I don’t have one! This was an amazing day. Thank you!"
"Thank you. I’ve had a fantastic day and learnt so much. I’ll never be so prescriptive again!"
"This was an inspiring course. It would be nice to have a book to underpin some of the making and using techniques as well – a project for the future? Many thanks."
"Thank you Jo I have enjoyed the day and learned loads."
"Thank you! An inspiring day, super ideas and very practical. I shall tell all the staff and use the ideas in my school."
"Thank you for coming to my party. I love my puppet so much. Please can Fred visit me again soon."
"A fantastic day, lots of great ideas to take back to school, thoroughly enjoyable, thank you very much!"
"A highly enjoyable day, Jo. Many thanks. I would have liked more training on puppetering: it looked effortless when you performed but was much harder when I came to animate the puppet!"
"We got really good feedback from the shows and
we'd be very keen for you to do more sessions for us in the future."
"I will definitely try to use the puppet skills to get my son to discuss things that are bothering him. I found it amazing what he was saying with the puppet just during the session."
"To talk about our concerns or happy moments with our ‘new friend’ was best. It’s like a pet. We love it!"
"I especially liked working together with my daughter to make the puppet. My skills – her imagination."
"We liked making the puppet, playing with the puppet and the story at the end that the children participated in."
"Thank you Jo for coming to Year Two. The children can talk about nothing else but your puppets! Can we book you again for next term."
"I will think about using a puppet to try and understand why my child may be feeling sad and when they are fighting. We will have some fun with it too."
"Thanks for a brilliant workshop and for making it all look so easy."
"Very inspiring teacher made me want to have a go (I am a beginner) took on importance of developing a full personality for the puppet."
"Loved it all. Very hands on. Met great people."
"Really enjoyed today and has given me so much more confidence to get started using puppets. Loved the idea of adapting soft toys and the demonstrations were great. Shame it wasn’t longer."
"Jo – never thought puppets could be so moving. The large puppet talking about bullying briefly turned my mood from happy to depressed."
"Jo. Loved your puppets! Thought you and them great! Would have loved you to have been my children’s teacher!! (With Charlie of course)!"