Special Schools
Special Schools
  • Pete's work really resonated with our children and provided great discussion
    Greg Barton
    Berkley School Frome
  • His work is magical
    Annie Morgan
    Reception teacher - Oake Primary School Somerset
  • Children, staff and parents still talk about their amazing experience with Pete
    Hannah Hammond
    King's Independent School Taunton
  • A great day - children were in awe of Pete
    Emily James
    Paddocks pre school
  • Another inspiring day
    Sara Bailey
    Manager Abacus Nursery Taunton
  • The children and adults all got involved with the fabulous songs, poems and stories
    Becky Andrews
    Chedzoy pre school
  • The children had a magical day with Pete
    Tracy Sumner - Manager
    Wellesley Park pre school
  • His work with children in many settings helped all of us to prepare for the world of teaching
    Ben Spears PGCE trainee
  • An absolutely fantastic day. I loved it and so did the children
    Chloe Braund - Year 5 teacher
    Westover Green Community School Bridgwater
  • The children shone with Pete. We were privileged to work with him
    Steve Davies
    Cheddar School
  • The poetry session was outstanding. Pete inspired me
    Patrick Vincent - Year 4 teacher
    Beckington CofE School
  • It was the best morning ever
    Year 6 Student
    Stogursey CE Primary School
  • It was a truly inspirational and enjoyable session I am looking forward to the next one now
    Sue Lawrence
    Manager Comeytrowe Pre-school
  • It was a joy to work with Pete
    Sarah Davies - Year 3 teacher
    Westover Green Community School
  • It was great. The children learned a great deal by working in different friendship groups
    Catherine Rust - GTP SKITT student
    Stogursey CE Primary School
  • Pete brings a world of fun and imagination to the children
    Sue Lawrence
    Manager Comeytrowe Pre-school
  • I loved it
    Year 3 Student
    Westover Green Community School
  • Pete made me feel ten feet tall. It was a brilliant day. I'm lost for words. The children's work with Pete was fantastic. He is an inspiration
    Ann Snelling - Governor
    Knights Templar First School Watchet
  • One of our pupils went home and raved about his day with Pete
    Jo Greathead - Deputy Head
    Milford Infants' School Yeovil
  • Pete gave me lots of story telling ideas with important messages
    Jane Overs -Teacher
    St Mary and St Peter
  • He's inspirational
    Carl Smethurst - Christian minister and parent
    Knights Templar First School Watchet
  • We all had a super time with Pete - he was brilliant
    Hayley Anderson - Manager
    Proirswood Pre-school
  • He's awesome
    Travis Gilbert
    Houston Texas
  • He packed in so much
    Lizzie Allen - Teacher
    Priorswood Primary School
  • We had very positive feedback about Pete's workshops from parents and children
    Emma
    Cheeky Cherubs Pre school Minehead
  • He's got the X Factor!
    Oliver - Year 4 Pupil
    Ruishton School
  • It's great value for money. The children with special needs did particularly well
    Karen Partington - Teacher
    West Huntspill Primary School
  • I was swept away - Pete is just amazing!
    Nicola Meyer
    Ongar Place Primary school Addlestone Surrey
  • It was remarkable how Pete got the SEN children involved and motivated
    Sarah Parsons - TA
    Winsham School
  • I would like Pete to come regularly. The workshops are fabulous
    Lara Tatum - Head
    Mells C of E First School
  • Pete's a star. We had very positive feedback from parents
    Liz Kane - Manager
    Water Lane Pre-school
  • Pete always produces great results!
    Chris Durrant
    HLTA Westover Green Bridgwater
  • The children responded so well to Pete. We can't get enough of this kind of thing
    Barry Parsons - Year 5 teacher
    Creech St Michael Primary School
  • Pete exceeded my expectations by far - The children want him to return tomorrow
    Frances Watts
    Ongar Place Primary school Addlestone Surrey
  • Pete always makes a remarkable contribution to our work
    Sue Staples - Head
    Mendip PRU
  • We had a fantastic day
    Deborah Barrett
    Hatch Beauchamp C of E Primary School
  • Pete's work is of a high standard
    Sharon Bond - Adviser
    Pre-School Learning Alliance
  • A brilliant day
    Head
    West Coker School
  • My class really enjoyed working with Pete
    Elle Callcutt - Reception/Year 1 teacher
    Otterhampton Primary School
  • Pete was great. The children loved what he did. We all did
    Kate Fewings
    Acorn Pre School Somerton
  • Pete never disappoints us
    Mary Sturgess - Headteacher
    Leigh on Mendip School Somerset
  • Absolutely fantastic
    Bridget Hemmings - Head
    Otterhampton Primary School
  • Pete valued every child. Shy and quiet children excelled
    Sara Bailey - Manager
    Abacus Day Care Nursery Taunton
  • Pete can turn his hand to any aspect of creativity and produce excellent results every time
    Heather Good
    Westover Green School Bridgwater
  • This is impressive work
    Ali Pook - Deputy Head
    St Andrews Junior School Burnham on Sea
  • All staff were inspired and enthused by Pete's sessions. It was a perfect training session for them
    Sara Bailey - Manager
    Abacus Day Care Nursery Taunton
  • He produced an AMAZING painting with the children
    Frances Burns
    Knights Templar School Somerset
  • He helped our confidence
    Students - Year 5
    St Andrews Junior School Burnham on Sea
  • The children were very excited. Pete used a lot of humour and enthusiasm and he worked hard to engage children by using their names. He was very attentive to the children's behaviour
    Chloe House - Nursery Director
    The Beehive Day Nursery Ltd
  • Everyone had such a good time
    Head
    Keinton Mandeville School Somerset
  • He's awesome
    Year 5 Student
    St Andrews Junior School Burnham on Sea
  • We've had a brilliant day with Pete where some very important issues were covered
    Duncan Macrae - Headteacher
    Enmore Primary School Somerset
  • I had positive feedback from every member of staff
    Zoe Coughlin - Head
    Merriott First School
  • Excellent!
    Lydia - KS1 Teacher
    Creech St Michael C of E Primary School
  • Pete's work was highly effective. It was great to see the children so interactive and happy
    Wendy Sherred - Parent
    Cuddles and Care Pre School Wells
  • His training workshop was fantastic - so invigorating
    Jo Salter
    Pre School Specialist Taunton
  • We had heard Pete was good and today we have seen how good he is
    Naomi Pauley - Head
    Vallis First School Frome
  • Pete's workshops were amazing. He engaged the children all day. He had such control and the children learned so much
    Kaitlin Ford
    Cuddles and Care Pre School Wells
  • I was privileged to see Pete for two days of workshops and I must say that I thought his work was brilliant on both days
    Christy Brimmer
    Holway Park School Taunton
  • It felt like magic working with Pete
    Year 4 Student
    Vallis First School Frome
  • The children really loved it. It was so different and brilliant
    Sylvie Barton - Reception Teacher
    St James Church School Taunton
  • The children had a wonderful day with Pete
    Jo Greathead - Deputy Head
    Milford Infants
  • The children were full of it all day. They learned so much
    Louise Aldridge - Teacher
    St Joseph's RC Primary and Nursery School Burnham on Sea
  • We were very happy with the quality of Pete's work. He expertly managed some challenging Year 7 and 8 groups delivering important messages
    Tim Griffin - Head of Year
    Chiltern Trinity Secondary School Bridgwater
  • He was breath of fresh air
    Claire Earp
    St. George's Catholic School Taunton
  • It was an excellent day
    Tamar Warner - Deputy Head
    St Andrew's Primary School Taunton
  • Pete's day of poetry with Year 10 produced some super results
    Hannah Donnelhan
    West Somerset Community College, Minehead
  • We were very happy with Pete's contribution to our special day
    Karen Egan
    Bridgwater College Child Care Centre
  • We had a brilliant day
    Sheena - Senior Teacher
    Shepton Beauchamp C of E Primary School
  • We were delighted with Pete's stories, art and music
    Sue Lawrence
    Comeytrowe Pre School Taunton
  • Pete is a charismatic character who will turn on your kids to the excitement of poetry and music, while giving them plenty of opportunity to let off some steam. Highly recommended
    Dilys Hadley - Exmouth Community Worker
    Primary, Special/PRU and Pre-schools
  • I had no idea that Pete would involve so many children and value them in the way he did
    Sarah Laws - Deputy Head
    Wiveliscombe Primary School
  • I know I can speak for all of our group when I say that Pete's work with us was highly engaging, enjoyable and very useful
    Ben Spears PGCE trainee
  • He's amazing! We'd love him to come again
    Becky Gibbs - Year One Teacher
    St. James Church School Taunton
  • A great day
    Christine Hilton Year 1 & 2 teacher
    Draycott & Rodney Stoke CE First School
  • It would be good to have Pete here regularly
    Clare Rice Head
    Chewton Mendip Primary School
  • Everyone had a wonderful time. He impressively built on our ongoing PSHCE work
    Cathy Lowe - Head
    Draycott & Rodney Stoke CE First School
  • It's learning but it's fun. Absolutely fantastic
    Year 10 Student
    Mendip PRU
  • He's inspirational
    Alison Taylor Deputy Head
    Fairmead Community Special School Yeovil
  • Brilliant!
    KS1 Music coordinator
    Woolavington Village Primary School
  • We had a fabulous day. The children learned so much
    Mary Sturgess Head
    Leigh Upon Mendip First School
  • The children's drama work was excellent. They learned important messages
    Wendy Beer - Head
    Woolavington Village Primary School
  • My class talked positively about the workshops for ages afterwards
    Naomi Hammerton - Year 6 teacher
    West Pennard Primary School
  • We had a fantastic day. I had no idea poetry could be written so easily. I was proud of what the children achieved
    Mrs Ware - Deputy Head
    St Paul's Junior School Shepton Mallet
  • An amazing day
    Peter Hanratty
    St George's Catholic School Taunton
  • I was impressed by the quality of the work achieved especially with the special needs children
    Hannah Bakary
    East Huntspill
  • Inspirational
    Naomi Hammerton
    West Pennard School
  • We had an inspirational day
    M McCaig - Year 5 teacher
    West Pennard Primary School
  • We had a great two days with Pete. He achieved so much
    Marie White - Senior Teacher
    Somerset Bridge Primary School - Bridgwater
  • I was amazed at what my class achieved
    Cathy Ward - Year 4 teacher
    Ruishton School
  • Inspirational Excellent Outstanding
    Heather Good
    Westover Green Community School
  • An absolutely fantastic time. The children learned so much and I feel inspired
    Deputy Head
    Kingsmoor Primary School
  • Thanks to Pete for his superb work
    Head
    Walton Primary
  • We had an absolutely fantastic day
    Helen Burchill Head
    West Pennard First School
  • We had a wonderful day
    Holly Roberson - Year 5/6 teacher
    Kings Park Primary School Melksham
  • The children had a wonderful time and learned so much from Pete
    Head Teacher
    Martock Primary School
  • An amazing two days
    Adria Martin - Year 6 teacher
    St. Georges Catholic Taunton
  • Pete did us the power of good
    Giselle Leader - HLTA
    Winsham Primary School
  • Thanks to Pete for his superb work
    Rachael Toal
    Walton Primary School
  • It was a really valuable day. Pete worked with the whole school. We will definitely have him back
    Sally Brown - Senior Teacher
    East Huntspill School
Special Schools

Creative Workout embraces this mission statement which was central to workshops sucessfully deliverd at Arc School Coventry.

Our mission is to develop confident and capable young people by meeting their educational, health and social care needs in structured, nurturing school and home provisions. We work in partnership with young people, their families and carers and other stakeholders to achieve outcomes which make a difference.

A number of creative workshops are available for key stages three and four for pupils who experience social, emotional and behavioural challenges. Here are details of one such project.

A grant of £100 per setting is available to all state PRUs and special units administered through Somerset County Council's Equalities department. Workshops can also be offered to settings outside of Somerset

The project promotes the values of race and gender equality and cultural diversity and focuses on the many positive changes that have occurred in the UK in recent years. The work promotes community cohesion within a school and its local community and reflects the British value of respect for other cultures. Please ask how to request the grant.

The work involves reflective discussion on disabilty, race and gender equality stressing the values of respect and consent.

The work involves story telling and drama workshops that give pupils culturally diverse experiences - a focus on people who have changed the world. Leaders of the civil rights movement in the USA such as Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King, heroes of the anti apartheid movement in South Africa such as Nelson Mandela and a strong current role model for girls – Malala Yousafzai. Rap type poetry is often written and performed as part of the narrative of the day.

Equal opportunities

Every pupil is included, valued and seen as unique. Girls and boys share active roles.

Communication and language

Rich language opportunities are offered within highly inter-active discussion and poetry based activities. Pupils listen and respond appropriately as individuals and as a group and are asked to solve problems and answer how and why questions; How serious is racism and sexism in your setting? What about in the wider community? What can we do to improve the situation? How can we celebrate ourselves as individuals? What makes us special and unique?”
The inter-active nature of the work means that the direction of the work is often determined by the pupils.
All pupils are asked to view themselves as active citizens. “What can you do to challenge racism and sexism to make your community a better place?”

Understanding the world

The stories and percussion instruments come from India, Africa and Eastern Europe. Within the stories several countries are visited and references are made to geography, food and music. The music of Bob Marley and the poetry of Benjamin Zephaniah are featured and valued.

Personal, social and emotional development

Pupils feel empowered and express a positive sense of themselves and others. They are encouraged to respect other cultures, explore appropriate behaviour and understand others' feelings. The work strongly supports the school's behaviour policy.

The work has evolved since its start January 2012 and is adapted for all settings, rural and urban – mono cultural and multi cultural.

Please ask about other aspects of creative workout's special school work. He has several discussion based poetry programmes linked to race, gender and disability rights. Also ask about his acrylic mural workshops (link to art examples) and the Anthology-in-a-Day project(link to poetry examples). He runs training for special school practitioners and writes feature articles for education magazines.

Training

Pete runs highly successful and enjoyable training workshops for special practitioners who learn how to manage the sensitive and essential issues of race, gender and disability equality with an emphasis on healthy relationships (link to training testimonials)

Costs & Subsidies

Pete's fee is £260 for a day, with a £100 subsidy which brings the cost down to £160 for a full day's work with any number of children. Other subsidies are available, please ask.