Engaging with children with special educational needs and disabilities

Learn how to design workshops in schools, accessible to all


Tue 14th Sep, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Engaging with children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND)

14 September, 10.00 – 12.00, zoom

Please register in advance for this training session here.

Trainer: Sarah Bearchall


Sarah will share her experience of working with children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). You will learn about techniques which you can use to improve engagement with all audiences – be ready to join in with a hands-on experiment!

Dr Sarah Bearchell won the Joshua Phillips Award for Innovation in Science Engagement in 2014. It was largely for her work in special needs schools. She now designs all her workshops to work for children with additional needs and finds that this makes her activities more engaging for everyone – even the most sensible academics at science festivals. She also writes about science for children’s magazines, including Aquila and Whizz Pop Bang. She is a freelancer based in Oxfordshire, UK.

What do we mean by special educational needs and disabilities (SEND)?

This term encompasses a huge range of children and educational settings!

Some children attend a mainstream setting with additional support from a teaching assistant. Other children attend a specialist school, tailored to a specific need, such as hearing or visual impairments, for children on the autism spectrum or for behavioural difficulties. There are a few schools which cater for Moderate Learning Difficulties (MLD), for children who need a little more support than a mainstream school can offer. Most children attend a school for mixed ability special needs and you find a wide range of learning and physical difficulties in each class.

Who is this for?

This session is for anyone interested in engaging with schoolchildren – in a mainstream or specialist school environment. A lot of mainstream schools will have children with special educational needs, so it is important to know how to design and/or tailor sessions for their needs, and respond to their needs during a session.

What skills will you acquire?

Tips and tools to make your classroom activity more inclusive. Insight into what it means to have special needs and what type of content can cater to these specific audiences.

Where will you use this?

In any of your school activities, and in planned events with our education and learning public engagement team.


Register here: https://forms.gle/CXjxphsc2FGkCbgs6