Special Educational Needs and the Arts

Course description


With budgets being cut and less LSA's being placed in the art’s subjects; teachers of Art, Music and Drama need to know more than just basic planning to be able to support learners with special educational needs and ensure they flourish. This course takes you through, in detail, the spectrum of conditions faced by SEN learners and explores how we can best support them ensuring they have access to lessons, tasks and are able to build their skills and make progress as well as anyone. 

The day will begin with exploring the types of SEN needs and how we can begin to see the world from their point of view, in doing so you will start to explore how you can change your approach to planning and delivery, and indeed differentiation to ensure that you take into account what SEN learners need to do to excel. We will explore grouping, social stories, the mechanics of a classroom, and student behaviour and how we can harness change of those behaviours. 


We will explore the therapeutic approaches to the arts and how we change our perception of skill and challenge and how can we improve verbal and non-verbal communication thought the arts.

SEN Training for Teachers



  • An analysis and exploration of Special Educational Needs.

  • What teachers may have to face in an educational context.

  • A focus on mental health issues and SEN.

  • How we can adapt our environment, lessons and learning to take in the needs of SEN learners.

  • Develop an understanding of seeing the world thought the eyes of those with difficulties.

  • How learners with SEN may view art/drama/music/dance and how teachers can use this to their needs.

  • Exploring what outcomes we are after and how we can use to arts to play to their strengths.

Who should attend?


  • All teachers of Creative Arts subjects.
  • Heads of Department/Faculty.

Your Course Leader


Sam Munday-Webb has progressed fast through Head of Department, Head of Faculty and now is a successful Senior School Leader in charge of Behaviour and Pastoral Care. He is currently working on research towards starting a PHD in Drama and Education and has been involved in making vast and positive changes to several schools' internal and wider development. Sam has worked in inner city, rural and schools in special measures maintaining and sustaining improvements and outcomes for students and the school. In one school his leadership moved results from below 50% to 100% A-C’s. In addition to teaching in schools, Sam owns a theatre school for young people called Arts Academy Theatre School www.artsacademytheatre.com where he works to develop creativity and performances. His energy and commitment to positive behaviour in Education is exemplary.

Teacher training for drama teachers

‘It was a fantastic course that taught me new techniques to implement in my lessons’ – Lauren M, Stationers’ Crown Woods Academy


'Very useful – good balance of information given, and the time to apply it’ – Jo A, Mayville High School

The Details


Central London – Date: TBC. Please register your interest in this course by completing the 'Reserve a Spot' Form below


Cost: £275 + VAT. Includes lunch, refreshments, an excellent bank of resources and CPD certificate

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We are specialist in delivering CPD to the Creative Arts