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About Speech Bubbles

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Supporting children to develop communication, confidence and wellbeing

Increasing numbers of children are starting school life with communication problems. 10% of children and young people in the UK, a total of 1.4 million, have a speech, language, and communication need (SLCN). However in areas of disadvantage this figure increases, with up to 50% of children starting school speech and language skills that are significantly less developed than those of other children of the same age.

In Speech Bubbles sessions drama practitioners and school staff create a safe and playful space for children in KS1 to develop their communication skills. A story drama approach places the child at the centre of the activity, and they become at different times, author, performer and audience. Our Theory of Change illustrates the outcomes Speech Bubbles leads to. 

Speech Bubbles was developed in partnership with the Southwark Pupil Development Centres in 2009 and is now available to primary schools across Southwark, Lewisham, Lambeth and Greenwich with London Bubble and in Hackney, Tower Hamlets, Enfield, Tunbridge Wells, Oldham, Rochdale and Manchester with our partner organisations.

A recent evaluation revealed that 88% of children participating in Speech Bubbles showed an improvement in learning, speaking and listening and 90% showed behavioural improvements.

In 2017/18 Speech Bubbles sessions will be happening in the following Southwark schools: Grange, Haymerle, Redriff and Harris Primary Academy Peckham Park. 

We are continuing to develop the drama for communication work that began in partnership with Lewisham Arts Education Network with the
Speak Out project in 2006.  This year we are working in Brent Knoll, Invicta Deptford and New Woodlands schools.  

Speech Bubbles is delivered at Invicta School Blackheath in Greenwich.

Thanks to funding from The Walcot Foundation London Bubble have expanded into Lambeth for he first time this year, where Speech Bubbles will be running in Rosendale and Elm Wood schools. 

If you are interested in this programme of work please contact or call Adam on 020 7237 4434.

We are grateful to and  
for supporting Speech Bubbles

Return to project home page of the biggest advantages for me was the fact that the children had equal ownership over the could tell it had a really positive impact on them...
Inclusion Manager

Beautifully presented-doing something new. Worked at all levels.
Jean Gross Communication champion