Arc news: November 2006

anti-bullying for schools
new anti-bullying programmes for schools

To coincide with National Anti-Bullying Week* 20 - 24 November 2006
Arc Theatre presents two new programmes for primary schools


Primary Tales for Key Stage 2: Sophie's Story interactive workshop

A young girl arrives in your school. She waits outside the Headteacher's Office.
She begins to tell her story.

Sophie's Story is an interactive monologue and workshop that explores what happens when friendships break down and bullying sets in.

Facilitated by a professional facilitator and actor, Sophie's Story offers a practical drama session for primary schools, which allows pupils to actively focus on the dynamic of relationships along with their understanding of what bullying is. Participants will also learn how to develop empathy and consider whose responsibility it is to make sure that bullying does not take place.

  • Theme: bullying, empathy, friendship
  • Format: interactive workshop (1 facilitator, 1 actor)
  • Duration: 60 minutes
  • Audience age: primary years 3 to 6
  • Group size: class of up to 30 per workshop
  • Space: large classroom or hall
  • Price: £400 for a minimum of two workshops, up to £600 for a maximum of four workshops in one day (all prices exclusive of VAT)

Download full Sophie's Story flyer (PDF, 111 k)


Primary Tales for Key Stage 1: The Tumble Village Story - participatory storytelling session

Tumble Village was a thriving little place with lots of different people busy living their lives. But on the very outskirts of the village, at the top of the hill, there was a huge house and in that house there lived a Giant.

The Tumble Village Story is an interactive storytelling workshop looking at what happens when people can't get along and they stop talking to each-other about how they are feeling.

This creative session allows participants to explore issues of difference, friendship and bullying, as well as emotions and feelings. The children are also creatively involved as they use their imaginations and problem-solving skills to help create a happy end for the story.

Created and delivered by a professional storyteller and actor, The Tumble Village Story is a participative workshop for infant schools, which allows children to actively focus on the dynamic of relationships in a safe and inclusive environment.

  • Theme: bullying, difference, friendship
  • Format: participatory storytelling session (1 storyteller)
  • Duration: 60 minutes
  • Audience age: primary years 1 and 2
  • Group size: class of 30 to 35 per session
  • Space: classroom
  • Price: £200 for a minimum of two sessions, up to £300 for a maximum of four sessions in one day (all prices exclusive of VAT)

Download full Tumble Village Story flyer (PDF, 93.7k)


To book Sophie's Story or The Tumble Village Story, or to talk about our programmes for schools, please call Andy Rogers, Community Education Officer at Arc Theatre on 020 8594 1095 or email

See more of Arc's Primary Tales programmes for schools.

Download new Primary Tales flyer (PDF, 426k)

Download full Primary School Programmes (revised January 2007) (PDF, 199k)


*National Anti-Bullying Week is co-ordinated by the Anti-Bullying Alliance (ABA), founded by NSPCC and National Children's Bureau in 2002. The Alliance brings together organisations into one network with the aim of reducing bullying and creating safer environments in which children and young people can live, grow, play and learn. For more information visit:



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