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A targeted, year-long, evidence-based intervention for children in KS1 who have a Speech, Language and Communication Need: Speech Bubbles supports 20 children in Year 1 and Year 2 in developing their Speaking, Listening and Attention Skills and enhances the skills of a member of school staff (a high-level TA, Learning Mentor or SENCo, for example) to run small group creative work. The programme was developed by London Bubble Theatre Company, and has had impressive results for participating children and schools.
Watch this video about Speech Bubbles from London Bubble:
Since 2012, Half Moon has been the Tower Hamlets Speech Bubbles delivery partner. In our first year of delivery we worked with two Tower Hamlets primary schools and a primary school in Brent. This partnership with London Bubble is supported by SHINE.
We are currently working with nine schools (Mowlem, Mayflower, Lansbury Lawrence, Ben Jonson, Wellington, Marion Richardson, St Matthias and John Scurr Primaries and Cubitt Town Infants) in Tower Hamlets thanks to funding from the Henry Smith Charity and the East End Community Foundation. This funding means we can offer the programme at a subsidised cost of £1000+VAT to each school (the real cost is around £3500+VAT per school).
We are now looking for school partners interested in entering into a year-long partnership in 2017-18. Please contact us to find out more.
Here are our Eclipse Youth Theatre receiving a cheque from St James’s Place Foundation to support Speech Bubbles in the academic year 2014-15: