Arts Award Training

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‘The format of the award treats the participant as the expert and encourages a shared learning experience for the participant and their peers. This can create a great sense of ownership which in turn empowers young people to speak with confidence about their achievements’

Jamie Patterson, Artistic Director, So Many Words Theatre Company

Training Agency

DIY Theatre Company is a Training Agency for Arts Award in the North West. We offer a specialist training programme for professionals hoping to offer Arts Award in working with young people with learning difficulties.

If you haven’t yet heard of Arts Award, it is an established and respected way for young people to explore their creative skills. It also leads to:

• A nationally recognised qualification

• A framework for learning new skills and sharing them

• A link between young people and creative professionals in arts and media

Arts Award can be based around any arts or media activity, and can be completed in a wide variety of settings – like youth clubs, arts centres, schools, colleges, theatres or community groups. There are three levels: Bronze, Silver and Gold.

Forthcoming Arts Award Adviser Training being run by DIY Theatre Company includes:

Discover & Explore Arts Award Adviser Training:

30th November 2017

1st February 2018

21st March 2018

24th May 2018 (SEN focus)

5th July 2018

Bronze & Silver Arts Award Adviser Training:

7th December 2017 (SEN focus)

8th February 2018

29th March 2018

26th April 2018

12th July 2018 (SEN focus)

27th September 2018

To book onto a course go to

Support Agency

DIY is also a support agency, which means that we are able to offer all trained arts advisers free support surgeries and free support visits. These will help you get going with Arts Award or refresh your knowledge, as well as the chance to explore ways to make Arts Award work in your organisation.

Forthcoming Surgeries include:


14th March 2018: 3 – 5.30 pm at Langworthy Cornerstone – specifically covering Access and Inclusion in the Arts Award

Find out more and register for a support surgery or request a support visit at:

Or contact us at DIY for more details.

Photo: "Poetree"What people say about DIY’s specialist Arts Award Adviser Training for people working with young people with learning difficulties:

“A really useful and informative course. Trainers were knowledgeable and it is nice to see an accredited course designed and tailored to suit the needs of those with SEN”

“All areas of the course were focussed on young people with learning difficulties – good to share ideas and comments and concerns”

“I feel I have the knowledge to go forward with the Arts Award both with individuals with learning difficulties and not”

“So pleased I have come across an accreditation that is well recognised and available to all students”

Training takes place regularly and can be booked directly through the Art Award website.

To find out more about Arts Award or to book Arts Award Training go to: or call the Arts Award Helpdesk : 0207 820 6178.

DIY has worked with Arts Award, West Midlands to develop an online resource to support advisers in creating Bronze Arts Award portfolios with young people with learning difficulties. Follow the link to Arts Award’s Issue 1: Ideas Bank SEN Resource for more details.

The Arts Award website also holds useful information and resources for people wanting to deliver the award with young people with learning difficulties: Arts Award SEN