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What are SEND adviser training courses?

Our Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) adviser training courses are for anyone who wants to deliver Arts Award to children or young people who have special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), or other additional needs.

Arts Award was created to be accessible to children and young people of all abilities and we have many years' experience training advisers to support those with SEND. Our trainers will give you specific advice, guidance and support to help young people with special needs on their Arts Award journey.

When you complete SEND training, you gain exactly the same status as you would on any other Arts Award adviser training course at the same levels. Doing the specialist SEND training course doesn't mean you can only offer Arts Award to young people with additional needs.


How are SEND adviser training courses different?

Our specialist trainers have wide-ranging knowledge of delivering Arts Award in SEND settings. The trainer running your course will focus on delivering Arts Award to young people with SEND, drawing examples and case studies from projects involving those with special educational needs, disabilities or other learning difficulties. You'll learn accessible approaches and practical techniques to help your students gather and present the evidence they need to achieve their chosen level of Arts Award.


Which training courses are available with SEN focus?

At the moment, SEND training courses are only available at Discover & Explore and Bronze & Silver levels. This table gives details and upcoming course dates:









Aims of the course

Discover & Explore adviser training

(SEND focus)


 3 hours

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

Upcoming course dates:

  • Monday 6th June 2022 
  • Monday 4th July 2022
  • Friday 29th July 2022
  • Friday 2nd September 2022
  • Thursday 29th September 2022
  • Monday 31st October 2022
  • Tuesday 29th November 2022

Bronze & Silver adviser training

(SEND Focus)


 4 hours

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

Upcoming course dates:


  • Friday 10th June 2022
  • Tuesday 5th July 2022
  • Friday 5th August 2022
  • Friday 12th September 2022
  • Thursday 6th October 2022
  • Thursday 17th November 2022

 All Arts Award training is currently online only.


How do I book?

First, please read our Terms and Conditions of booking. Then go to our course search page to find a suitable course and make your booking. Look for courses labelled 'SEND focus'.

If a group of people from your organisation or project want to do SEND training, take a look at our group booking options. Groups are welcome to book on to any of our SEND-focused scheduled courses and we also offer our Made-to-Measure group training with a SEND focus.

If you have specific requirements or access needs, visit our Adviser training FAQ page and look for the response to: ‘I want to do online Arts Award adviser training, but I'm concerned about my access needs and specific individual requirements. Can you help?’


I still have questions...

Visit our Help Centre to find answers to frequently asked questions, or contact us and we will be happy to help.