About Speech Bubbles

Supporting children to develop communication, confidence and wellbeing

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.

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, Newham, Haringey, Tunbridge Wells, Oldham, Rochdale and Manchester with our partner organisations.

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.

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.

To find out how London Bubble can support your Artsmark journey through Speech Bubbles contact alison@londonbubble.org.uk

I would like Speech Bubbles in my school

Download our 2020/2021 schools brochure to find out more about the Speech Bubbles package.

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, Hackney and Haringey.

We’re always looking to expand Speech Bubbles’ reach. If you are outside the areas currently addressed by our partners but would like the programme in your school please contact Adam or Alison.

Who to contact?

If your school is in…

London Bubble’s Speech Bubbles schools 2019/2020

In 2019/20 Speech Bubbles sessions will be happening in the following Southwark primary schools: Grange, Haymerle, Harris Peckham Park, Harris Free School Peckham and Galleywall.

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 and New Woodlands primary schools.

Speech Bubbles is delivered at Invicta School Deptford and Invicta School Blackheath in Greenwich.

Thanks to funding from The Walcot Foundation London Bubble have expanded into Lambeth. In 2019/2020 Speech Bubbles will be running in Rosendale, Hitherfield, Elm Wood and Fenstanton primary schools.

We are grateful to the  for supporting Speech Bubbles



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