Increasing numbers of children are starting school life with communication difficulties. 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.
A recent evaluation revealed that 85% of children participating in Speech Bubbles showed an improvement in learning, speaking and listening and 86% showed behavioural improvements.
2020 has been a year of great change. Primary school children will have a variety of different experiences of lock-down and the ongoing COVID-19 world. Many children will need support to catch up academically. We will all need support to catch up emotionally, to restore relationships and social skills and to find ways to express what has happened. Speech Bubbles is designed to support connection and offer a place for children’s stories to be heard. Our goal is always to ensure that children are comfortable in school and ready to learn and this year it will be more important than ever. Following risk assessments in line with government guidance Speech Bubbles will continue to run in the academic year 2020-2021.
Speech Bubbles can also be a part of schools’ work towards Artsmark. London Bubble is proud to be working in partnership with schools and settings on their Artsmark Award journey. By supporting Artsmark settings, we’re helping put the arts at the heart of education, inspiring young people to create, experience and participate in high quality arts and culture.
Speech Bubbles is run by a 10 theatre companies around the country and is currently available in Tunbridge Wells, Greater Manchester and London Boroughs of Greenwich, Lewisham, Lambeth, Southwark, Newham, Tower Hamlets and Hackney.
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