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Running Arts Award with young people with Special Educational Needs

For more information about specific training which focuses on running and delivering Arts Award with young people with learning difficulties and special educational needs then please go to our SEN training page. More information and support on delivering the awards with young people with SEN is available at www.artsaward.org.uk/sen

Arts Award programme materials

If you or your young people have individual access requirements and require the following materials in braille, audio, large print, unlocked PDF or other formats, please complete the Arts Award accessible materials request form

  • Adviser toolkit

Reasonable adjustments for moderation

Arts Award will make reasonable adjustments to moderation to support advisers and young people with additional needs.

  • Additional time can be provided where the adviser or young people use communication techniques which need translating (such as Braille, Makaton, British Sign Language or other signed languages, or languages other than English).
  • Where young people have used communication techniques in their evidence which need translating, additional time can be provided for the adviser to explain these communication techniques and how they have been used in the context of the young people’s Arts Award work. Please note: All evidence must be translated/annotated/indexed appropriately prior to the moderation visit.
  • The moderator may meet young people in smaller groups or one at a time, where necessary. 

To request reasonable adjustments to your moderation, please email your Trinity contact or moderation.team@trinitycollege.co.uk.

In addition, where young people are non-verbal, have language and communication difficulties, or where the process of meeting the moderator could not be facilitated with the support of the adviser, special dispensation may be requested for the young people to not be present or meet the moderator at moderation. More information on how to request special dispensation can be found here.

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Arts Award Access & Inclusion statement

Updated April 2018

Arts Award is continually working to improve access to our qualifications. Here are some areas that we have improved or are committed to making better. If you have in mind a particular area that you think we should prioritise, please get in touch.

  • Advisers can request training resources, toolkits, and some young people’s resources in accessible formats, such as large print, Braille, audio transcription, or accessible PDF documents. Hard copy materials must be requested a minimum of 6 weeks in advance of the date required. Digital formats may be available sooner. Accessibility information for all our adviser training venues is outlined on each training date listing. You can also contact us or the training venue prior to your training date to discuss any specific requirements (please allow a minimum of 6 weeks before the date of the training).
  • Free support visits are available to all advisers with specific access requirements, to help eliminate any barriers to delivering Arts Award.
  • Accessibility information for all our adviser training venues is outlined on each training date listing. You can also contact us or the training venue prior to your training date to discuss any specific requirements (please allow a minimum of 6 weeks before the date of the training).
  • New Arts Award films will include a subtitled option.
  • Children and young people can evidence their work using a range of formats appropriate to their learning styles or individual requirements, including audio or video recording, annotated photos, signs and symbols (eg Makaton, Signalong, BSL), and scribed responses. See our resource ‘Evidencing Arts Award: Young people with learning difficulties’ for more guidance and ideas.
  • Where young people have used communication techniques in their evidence which need translating (such as Braille, Makaton, British Sign Language or other signed languages, or languages other than English), reasonable adjustments to the moderation time can be requested in order for the adviser to explain these communication techniques and how they have been used in the context of the young people’s Arts Award work. Please note: all evidence must be translated/annotated/indexed appropriately prior to the moderation visit. Please see the Moderation Guidance for further information. As part of the moderation process, young people meet the moderator. If the additional needs of the young people you work with mean that you feel that this would not be appropriate or beneficial, you can apply for special dispensation for this part of the moderation not to take place. For more information about special dispensation, please click here
  • We are aware that some young people choose to identify themselves as gender neutral or non-binary. If you apply to the Access Fund for a grant, there is an option to select either male, female or non-binary. When booking a moderation and enrolling young people the male/female selection is optional, so may be left blank if preferred. When booking adviser training, it is currently compulsory to state whether you are male or female. We are working towards providing a non-binary option across all our booking and data collection systems.

If you need any further help or guidance please contact us.