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Workshops for Children with Special Educational Needs

We all learn in different ways! Our workshops help those who are visual and physical learners to explore subjects through performance and interaction. 

We use our unique brand of puppetry, storytelling, improvisation, music and sensory elements to bring the chosen subject to life. Our workshops are inclusive and open to all, but with a particular bias toward SEND schools and mainstream schools with SEN provision. The sessions are adaptable to different ages ranging from KS1-KS4, and we deliver content suitable for varying abilities, be it mainstream schools with SEN provision or SEND schools.

Our workshops last 45 minutes and are underpinned with expert insights, delivered by professional actor-facilitators.


Whatever the subject matter, we aim to make every session interactive, engaging and fun!

Embracing Arts Workshops are

- Accessible for all children, and embracing of their health or educational needs

- Suitable for all ages

- Designed by actor-facilitators with over 20 years' experience of delivering schools' workshops

- Created with care by professionals who understand and have experience of working with children with special educational needs

- Multi-sensory and interactive

- Inspired by a passion for delivering educational content through theatrical experiences which are accessible for all


The team that develops and delivers Embracing Arts' workshops has over 20 years of experience of working with children of all ages and abilities in a theatrical context. Our Workshops team, led by experienced actor-facilitator Claire Sundin and SEND advisor Fiona Phillips, brings a range of skills encompassing the theatrical, musical and educational. The whole team understands the importance of communication, interaction and engagement for every child, taking into account the specific needs of each class and individual. 

We take an organic approach to our delivery, guided by the participants and their responses. We aim to engage and improve communication and self-expression through sensory exploration and we incorporate puppetry, music, singing, sensory activities and storytelling to bring each subject to life.

“There are no words to say how much the pupils at St Nicholas School benefit from the Embracing Arts sessions. The sessions have... been so successful with their bag of techniques, strategies and resources to allow these pupils to see the world of creative learning. Their use of sensory objects and musical themes allows the pupils to enjoy themselves to the fullest as well as learn new language and skills. It is such a privilege to be able to access these sessions (and to be honest, we wish we could have them everyday!)”

- Teacher, St Nicholas School, Canterbury

Workshop Themes

We take your class on a sensory adventure, whether it be through the Jungle to Outer Space or from Africa to a Winter Wonderland! 

Other sample workshop themes:

  • Seaside

  • Kings & Queens

  • Seasons

  • Travel

  • Under the Sea

Bespoke Workshops

Is there a specific topic you would like us to make more accessible to your students, or a favourite book we can bring to life? 


We offer a bespoke workshop service to cater for specific subjects and texts as required.

Personal, Social, Health & Economic Workshops

Embracing Arts is passionate about making PSHE content more inclusive for pupils with complex educational needs. We currently offer the following workshops:

  • Building self-esteem

  • Team work and Communication

  • Family & Friendship

  • Self-awareness (emotions) - The Colour Monster

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These workshops are supported by a grant from The Arts Society 

“The pace and content of the workshop was perfect to engage all the students, even those with the most complex needs. It was a perfect balance of music, tactile resources to explore and simple storytelling, and adequate time was given for every child to process what they were experiencing and to communicate how they felt about it”.

- Teacher KS1, St Nicholas School

Embracing Arts Workshops

Duration: approx. 45 minutes

UP TO 10 PUPILS: £145 per workshop

10 + PUPILS (MAX 25): £190 per workshop

  • Minimum booking of 2 sessions per day

  • Workshops are available to schools, term-time only

  • If your booking requires planning for bespoke sessions not listed on the list of themes, there may be an extra charge.

  • Please be aware that depending on where you are situated, we may need to charge extra travel costs to visit you. This will be quoted to you at the time of booking.

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"The workshops are beneficial as it is a chance for the children in my class to work with new people who are experienced at engaging them, which develops their social and communication skills. If this was provided on a regular basis the quality of the content of these workshops would develop the children’s interaction skills, their understanding of the world around them, and their ability to communicate their preferences and dislikes which is essential for their wellbeing and self-esteem”.

- Teacher KS3, St Nicholas School

Book Our Interactive Circus Show!


Join Embracing Arts for this inclusive, accessible and sensory theatre adventure, LIVE in your venue! This fully interactive show, with lots of audience participation, provides the opportunity to use creativity and imagination to become a circus performer!

Embracing Arts welcomes you to the big top! Except we’ve lost all of our performers! We need YOUR AUDIENCE to entertain and show off their circus skills!

Dazzle at our daring lion tamers, become tenacious tightrope walkers, show off your stealth as strong men and women, amaze at acrobats who will throw themselves through a ring of fire! Cry with laughter at crazy, clumsy clowns.

Let’s make this the GREATEST SHOW you've ever seen!

Duration: 50 minutes

Maximum audience size: 50

From £450 - Contact us for a quote tailored to your specific audience and venue.

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