Reach Out and Reveal Research project

Academic research on our work with SEND


Our Reach Out and Reveal (ROaR) project champions and evaluates new approaches of delivering South Asian dance and movement sessions at SEND schools, cultivating knowledge transfer opportunities between teaching professionals and dance practitioners.

We have commissioned a 3-year research project by two academic researchers, Claire Farmer and Dr. Ashley McGill, aiming to result in peer reviewed papers. The evidential learning from this research will be disseminated to the wider health and education sector. Funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, the project will also provide opportunity to three South Asian dance artists to train as SEND specialists and to expand ROaR’s reach to a fourth school.

Through this project, we hope to demonstrate the value of arts, in particular South Asian dance as a tool in supporting and enhancing the lives of young people with SEND and associated challenging behaviours.

This project is a true collaboration between researchers, artists, trainee artists, Akademi and the partner schools.


The main aims and objectives of the study are to understand how participation in weekly South Asian dance classes can potentially enhance engagement for children with Autism, based within a SEND school.

Furthermore, the study aims to understand if the dancing can help students progress beyond engagement profile targets within their education setting and achieve further subject-specific learning and targets. 

As the project progresses over the three years, we expect the research focus to develop in accordance with the findings and reflections. 

Supported by Paul Hamlyn Foundation

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