A three-year project to support teaching and learning across SEND schools

This is a new exciting programme where Bamboozle is teaming up with Yeoman Park School over the next three years to provide creative training courses for anyone working with SEND learners – teachers, support staff, teaching assistants and SENCOS who work in schools with SEND pupils.

Bamboozle Theatre Company

Bamboozle uses theatre strategies to provide for learning disabled children. These children are often not listened to, but they do have things to say. Bamboozle puts children at the centre of activities so that they have time and space to find their own voice.

Everything Bamboozle has been doing for 30 years – theatre shows, family residencies and schools’ programmes – offers young people the time that they need to think, gives value to their views and respects who they are.

“Yeoman Park Academy has been working with Bamboozle for many years and they have a history of engaging not only with our whole school population with a wow factor but also those children who are hard to reach and engage because of the complex nature of their autism or learning disability. I’m delighted to be involved in a wider project that goes across and outside of Diverse Academies Trust and does not just involve children and staff at special schools but also those in mainstream. These courses share the philosophy and techniques used by Bamboozle but also give staff members the opportunity to work with similar minded colleagues and to discuss, share and be confident in taking back ideas to their own schools to broaden opportunities for their own children and staff.”
Courtney Hoop Principal Yeoman Park Academy 

Multi-Sensory Approaches For SEND Learners
6 February 2024 9:30-16:30

With reference to “Creating Multi-Sensory Environments – practical ideas for teaching and learning.” By Christopher Davies

A one-day course for teachers, support staff, teaching assistants

and SENCOs

 This course is designed to enable you to engage the interest of your learners and keep them interested.  The Bamboozle Approach has a long track record of finding ways to enable students to do things they have not done before.

What teachers say about the Bamboozle Approach:

 ‘’Exciting, innovative and thought provoking’’

‘’Inspirational! The training really makes you consider your teaching. It provokes you to think about the real benefits and the reasons why we teach’’


 What you can expect to get out of the course:

  • practical ideas you can take away and use immediately
  • an understanding of the Bamboozle Approach and how it gained recognition from OFSTED and the National Autistic Society
  • how to create MSEs in your classroom quickly and cheaply
  • how you can use simple rituals to heighten the experience for learners
  • and lots lots more …



Christopher Davies is a director, writer and educator.  His work is informed by three fundamental beliefs:

  • that it is his job as an educator to provide all young people with the means to find their own voice.
  • that young people of all abilities and disabilities flourish when we remove the judgement from the educative process and enable them to find their own agenda in an environment free from fear
  • that all young people know more than we think they do, are capable of more than they think they are and have the capacity to surprise us all

Christopher has taught in schools, worked as an advisory drama teacher, and run trainings nationally – for The National Theatre, Shakespeare’s Globe, The RSC – and internationally – including for: Shanghai Children’s Art Theatre, Arts Centre Melbourne, Sydney Opera House, Cairo Festival, Singapore Arts Council and New York University.

He has written two books:  ”Creating Multi-Sensory Environments – Ideas for Teaching and Learning”  and “Dramatic Starts – 17 ways to start a drama session with SEN students”.

Craig Byrne trained at The University of Manchester and at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. He has spent the last twenty years working as an Actor/Musician, Composer and Sound Designer, working often with Devising and Movement based companies. Craig worked for 6 years with improvising company Cartoon De Salvo, he also toured London’s Parks during the summers for several years with The London Bubble Theatre Company.  For 6 years he toured the UK, Europe and the world with Strangelings street theatre company. Craig’s work as a Sound Designer and Composer has led him to collaborate extensively with contemporary Circus performers and companies, cabaret artists and fine Art installations. Craig first worked with Bamboozle in 2016 on their production Hansel and Gretel, and has since worked with Bamboozle on many productions including, Gentle GiantStormDown to EarthMakara and the Mountain Dragon, Firebird, and The River as well as delivering our creative education projects and family residencies.

Amy Lovelock is a professional performer, choreographer, creative director and teacher who graduated from LIPA (Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts). Since graduating Amy has worked with a multitude of choreographers and companies. Amy is co-founder and choreographer of Co Motion Dance whose first piece debuted at Emerge Festival and Resolution! She is currently working on a physical theatre piece ‘Deeds not Words’ and is also a guest choreographer at University of Cumbria and University of Lincoln.

Dates: 6 February 09:30 – 16:30

Retford Education Centre
Old Hall Drive
DN22 7EA

Delivered by:

Subsidised fee – £50
for more information: https://bamboozletheatre.co.uk/join-the-team/bamboozle-bursary-spring/


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