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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 is a 24-week (8 per term) workshop programme which 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 has been running very successfully for several years in Southwark, delivered by London Bubble Theatre Company.
Watch this video about Speech Bubbles from London Bubble:
In 2012-2013, Half Moon ran a pilot Speech Bubbles programme for two Tower Hamlets primary schools and a primary school in Brent. This pilot was in partnership with London Bubble, supported by SHINE. You can read the Report about the findings of the 2012-2013 programme here.
We are delighted to have received three years of funding from the Henry Smith Charity to offer the programme in seven schools in Tower Hamlets. 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 currently working with Mowlem, Wellington, Marion Richardson, Mayflower, St Matthias and John Scurr Primary Schools and Cubitt Town Infant School. If you are interested in finding out how your school could get involved, please contact us.
We are now looking for school partners interested in entering into a year-long partnership in 2017-18.
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: