Circus Workshop for Children & Young Adults with SEND

Our circus skills workshops can last from an hour to a term and anything in between!

Tom from TK Arts has developed a wealth of skills, knowledge and experience working with children and young adults with a wide range of SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities).
Whether you would like everyone to experience an introduction to circus skills or you would prefer to give more time to a specific group of people to learn and develop their talents, TK Arts will provide you with a creative, educational and fun-filled experience. From delivering a 2hr circus workshop at a youth group for children with additional needs or a day of circus workshops at a community centre or school for people with ASD, PMLD, or SEMH, our circus workshops can be tailor-made to suit your needs.


The main objective of our circus skills workshops for children and young adults with SEND, is to have fun and to learn and develop some new and existing skills. Group work will feature strongly, including the building of trust, teamwork and skill-sharing.
Although Tom will lead the workshops himself and he’s experienced and skilled in teaching large groups, the more staff who are able to assist and encourage the participants, the better the learning experience for all.
The performance of circus skills can give a tremendous sense of achievement and confidence. Children quickly learn to perform skills neither they nor their audience would have thought possible.
Everyone will have the opportunity to perform their new skills and talents at the end of the workshop.
Circus Workshops require a large indoor space, preferably a gymnasium or hall. Classrooms are okay for all skills except the diabolo, as this needs more height. Workshops can be held outside on grassed areas (not concrete), though some circus skills are more difficult to learn in windy weather.

Skills taught: diabolo; flower stick; juggling balls and scarves; peacock feathers for balancing; plate spinning. Comedy slapstick will also be taught and everyone will have the opportunity to perform at the end of the workshop.

If you let us know how many classes/groups you have and the number of children or young adults in each, along with your day’s times (start, break, lunch, end of day), we will devise a structured programme of learning for your Senior Leadership Team.

very empowering and exciting to see

Tom has led circus workshops at my school (a special school for children with autism) and I saw him today at a very busy birthday party – both times he has managed to balance giving individual guidance to children whilst entertaining the group of kids (and adults too!). He’s really professional and my 3 year old son loved it! On a side note, whilst at my school he managed to entertain and teach skills to a very large group of children with social difficulties and that was very empowering and exciting to see.

Bethan RobertsTeacherThe Hollies SchoolCardiff
Thank you, Tom, for your time and kind support

We were looking for a positive reward for our pupils, all with statements of SEN-BESD, for the end of the summer term and TK Arts fitted the bill perfectly. Tom worked with us to design a programme that allowed pupils and staff to have a most enjoyable morning juggling scarves and balls, spinning plates, throwing diabolos and flipping flower sticks. As one pupil said to me at the end of the session, “I learnt how to spin plates” with a great big smile on his face. Thank you, Tom, for your time and kind support. I value your business and look forward to working with you again in the future.

Robert PageHead of PrimarySt Anthony's SchoolMargate
A big thank you to TK Arts for our fantastic workshops!

We had a fabulous day learning different circus skills. A big thank you to TK Arts for our fantastic workshops!

Rosa WalshAssistant HeadteacherHeronsbridge SchoolBridgend
professional approach to the different needs and aspirations of the group

TK Arts have done a number of sessions with our young people with additional needs this year and I have always been impressed with the professional approach to the different needs and aspirations of the group that they work with.

Ben RoseSenior Youth Work PractitionerSwale at Kent Integrated Youth Service
The kids (and volunteers) thoroughly enjoyed your visit

Thank you for coming along Tom. The kids (and volunteers) thoroughly enjoyed your visit and it made our birthday celebrations even more special.

Jo CatesLeader at Clouds Youth ClubMaidstone.
We had a fantastic day and I'd certainly recommend Tom to all

I heard about Tom’s circus skills workshops by word of mouth from another school who were aware of him via his youth work. Tom replied to my email enquiry almost immediately and provided a thorough explanation of the wide variety of sessions he can provide. I was impressed with the range of experience that he had, the variety of what he could provide, and his recognition of the needs and learning styles our pupils would be likely to have.
Tom arrived in plenty of time to set up, was very organised, and the children (and the staff!) all loved their day. Tom was very accommodating to our children’s special needs and was able to adapt his delivery accordingly. We had a fantastic day and I’d certainly recommend Tom to all schools and youth organisations with pupils/youngsters of all abilities.

Donna WickensPE Co-Ordinator and Personalisation LeaderFoxwood SchoolHythe
friendly and approachable

Tom was very friendly and approachable. He was a real asset to our event, the children and adults loved it and it really fitted in with our theme to promote healthy living by learning skills and playing. Thank you so much, please come again!

Charlotte BaskervilleEarly Help Worker Kent County Council
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