Speech Bubbles

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.

We are always interested in speaking to schools about possible partnerships for this project.  Please contact us to find out more.

Since we began delivering Speech Bubbles in 2012 we have worked with 17 primary schools (16 in Tower Hamlets and one in Brent) and over 700 children.

Find out more about the impact of Speech Bubbles by reading our 2016-17 Evaluation Report:

Download Speech Bubbles 2016-17 – Evaluation Report

For further writing and research reports, please visit the Speech Bubbles website here.

Education Endowment Foundation

Speech Bubbles is one of five projects chosen to be part of the Learning About Culture research programme led by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) and the Royal Society for the Arts (RSA). We are thrilled to be part of this initiative, allowing us to contribute to national research on the impact of our work.

In 2018-2019, 9000 pupils in 400 schools across England will take part in trials to find out if different cultural learning approaches can help boost primary pupils’ achievement. For further information about the research please click here. As part of this research programme we will be delivering Speech Bubbles in four new primary schools in Tower Hamlets.

Speech Bubbles will be evaluated by a team of independent evaluators led by the University of London – Institute of Education and the Behavioural Insights Team.

This trial will evaluate the effect of Speech Bubbles on the communication skills and reading abilities of Key Stage 1 children with Speech, Language and Communication Needs. The results of this project will make a valuable contribution to understanding the development of children and significance of drama and storytelling in improving pupil attainment.

The project will be evaluated through large randomised controlled trials that will test their impact on academic attainment, as well as on skills and behaviours like resilience, self-confidence and creativity. In a separate strand of the project, the RSA will also research how arts-rich schools get the most out of this kind of activity and provide training to encourage more effective use of evidence in the design of cultural learning projects.

The delivery and evaluation of the programme is being funded through a partnership between the RSA and the EEF, with support from Arts Council England, the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Foyle Foundation and Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

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