SEND Provision at South Shields

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SEND Learning at South Shields Museum

We are dedicated to supporting all learners including those who have special educational needs and disabilities. To support learners we work in partnership with teaching staff and groups to develop workshops that provide inclusive learning experiences.

We offer a range of SEND workshops tailored to meet the history, literacy, and art and design curriculum, that encourage children to build their practical, visual and cognitive and communication skills. Activities that explore the rich heritage of the North East can include recreating the first life boat rescue, celebrating local heroes through portraiture, poetry, handling historical artifacts and more!

On site we offer a range of resources that may help some children with additional needs cope with the busy museum environment. If you would like to borrow these resources during your trip then please let a member of staff know.

Our learning team are qualified Arts Award advisers and all our venues are registered Arts Award supporters. 

We have facilitated and moderated many inspirational Arts Award projects with local SEND schools. If you would like to partner with one of our museums and galleries on a special SEND Arts Award Project, please call us on 0191 211 5599.

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SEND Projects

SEND Informal Learning Projects

The Little Lions is a relaxed playgroup open to all children aged 0-5. The numbers are limited to 10 children and our space is naturally lit to keep the sessions comfortable for our small visitors with any special educational needs or disabilities. 

The sessions feature unstructured, creative and sensory based play based on the Gallery’s collections and feature a variety of hands-on activities.

Siblings are very welcome too! 

Follow the Little Lions Facebook page and get all the latest updates and news about the Little Lions playgroup from facilitator Leslie.

On Tuesdays during the school holidays (between 10am and 11am) we run relaxed family fun craft sessions for children who have additional needs or disabilities. Smaller numbers, supportive staff and plenty of space will keep the atmosphere calm and friendly. 

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