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What are SEN adviser training courses?


SEN training courses are aimed at those working with children and young people with special educational needs or requirements.

Arts Award adviser training is an important first step in engaging children and young people in arts and leadership activities through our awards and we have delivered Bronze and Silver adviser training for people working with young people with special education needs for a number of years.

Following a review and feedback from our adviser community we have now extended this to include the Discover and Explore levels.  Arts Award Discover & Explore and Bronze & Silver SEN focus training is now available in Manchester, Birmingham and London and provides specific advice, guidance and support on how young people with special educational needs can work towards and evidence their Arts Award journey.

Advisers who attend a SEN training course gain exactly the same status as they would on any other adviser training course of the same levels and does not mean the adviser can work only with young people with learning difficulties.


How are SEN training courses different?

The trainer running the course will focus specifically on delivering Arts Award in SEN settings. Examples and case studies are drawn from projects and settings working with or involving young people with learning difficulties or other educational needs. The trainers have wide ranging experience and knowledge of working in SEN settings, and are able to provide examples, suggestions and approaches to accessible evidencing formats and techniques.


Which training courses are available with SEN focus?

At the moment, SEN training courses are only available at Discover & Explore and Bronze & Silver levels. They are not currently available at Gold level training courses.

SEN training courses are currently taking place in London, Birmingham and Manchester only.

For upcoming dates and prices, please see below:





 Aims of the course

Discover & Explore adviser training

(SEN focus)



Learn how to deliver and assess Discover (an introductory award) and Explore (Entry Level 3).

Upcoming course dates:

Bronze & Silver adviser training

(SEN Focus)



Learn how to deliver and assess Bronze (Level 1) and Silver (Level 2) qualifications.

Upcoming course dates:


Please make sure that you have read and understood the Terms and Conditions of booking


How do I book?

To find out more about booking a SEN training course you can view our step-by-step guide. Or you can go straight to our Course Search feature, where you can find a suitable course and make your booking. Look specifically for courses labelled with SEN focus.

If you have specific requirements or access needs and need to let us know before your training course then please refer to our main training page under the heading 'I have access needs or specific individual requirements' where you can find out more information as well as how to get in touch.


I still have a few questions...

If you still have a few questions regarding booking a training course or you have booked or attended a training course and have a query, you may be able to find your answer on our Help Centre.

If your query is not answered by our FAQs, you can also get in touch with us here.