John Gerard’s escape (SEND)

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About this session

SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities) | Subject: History | Topic: Tudors | Session Type: Classroom-based

Why was John Gerard imprisoned in the Tower? What was life like for Catholic priests in Elizabethan times? How did he pull off such a daring feat?

This interactive session enables students to explore the real life story of the escape of John Gerard from the Tower.

Through multi-sensory learning, students will find out about the events leading up to this astounding but little-known event.

The session is delivered by a presenter skilled in supporting students with special educational needs. It is based entirely in the classroom, and includes the following:

  • Singing a rhyme about exploring the palace.
  • Handling replica objects.
  • Dancing and games.
  • Drama and role play.

Learning objectives

Students will:

  • Learn about the Tower of London's stories and history.
  • Be empowered to use their senses to explore new historic environments.
  • Develop social and emotional skills.

This session is suitable for students with MLD and SLD, aged between 6 and 16 years, who attend special schools or units. Please note that the presenter will be in costume unless requested otherwise by the school.

Unfortunately due to fire safety policy relating to our learning spaces, we can only accept up to two wheelchair users in any one session.

Booking information

12 March 2020, 30 April 2020, 18 June 2020

10:30, 12:30

75 minutes
Up to 10 students plus additional accompanying adults.
We aim to be as flexible as possible, and would be happy to discuss class size further with you at point of booking.
£70 includes admission


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