Finish This... SEND Programme

Step into the role of ENO Composer!

An exciting new music making programme accessible to pupils with additional and/or special educational needs and/or disabilities; bringing a fusion of opera, film and animation straight to your classroom for FREE to provide a creative springboard for collaborative composition work.

Finish This… uses an especially commissioned piece of opera, presented through colour and animation, to inspire and support pupils to imagine new possibilities, express themselves through music, work as a team, and develop listening and composition skills. We empower teachers to deliver new creative approaches to music making in the classroom in an imaginative and child-led way, using opera as the starting point. The creative dialogue between the ENO and the young composers helps to foster a sense of curiosity and ultimately champion self-expression and interpretation when making and performing music.

Co-developed with primary learning consultants, teachers, pupils and artists; this programme offers multiple entry points to engage with music making.

Finish This… was piloted last year in six primary schools (KS2) and one Secondary Special school (KS3). This Autumn 2022, we launch the programme across a wider range of KS2 primary classes and Special schools for pupils with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities. We invite classes to take part in an in-depth evaluation process, and through observations and feedback conversations with teachers; we will adapt, develop and be responsive to the needs of all the participating schools to ensure the programme is accessible and supportive to all learners.

Why sign up?

Pupils will…

  • Learn new composition skills through Opera
  • Have the freedom to experiment and express themselves through music
  • Feel a sense of ownership over the work and achieve through collaboration
  • Develop listening skills – finding their own meaning and connection
  • Develop self-confidence, independent thinking, and teamwork skills

Teachers will…

  • Learn new creative approaches to teaching music composition
  • Be supported to develop confidence in delivering this work
  • Receive online CPD for an active introduction to the lessons and resources
  • Have access to high-quality digital film resources to support delivery and students’ engagement

What do teachers say?

“I found the plans easy to work from and adapt, and I would expect non-specialists to find them very useful. They have a good level of detail and provide opportunities to expand or omit sections as the situation allows. Once we began, it became very straightforward to decide which aspects of the plans would be most effective and appropriate with my classes in our timeframe.”

“Students relished the opportunity to have so much freedom in their compositions. It was great to watch them work so well in their groups with little input from me or the LSA. Both groups arrived at lessons very enthusiastically each week and one student lamented a couple of times, “Why can’t we just do music all day?””

“For me as a teacher, I thoroughly enjoyed watching students collaborate so well, and show such enthusiasm for the project. Students love to be able to work with their friends without much teacher input, and composition allows an element of playfulness as you try out ideas.I was regularly able to praise students for their teamwork and focus, and ability to make thoughtful decisions about their pieces. This of course further enhanced their confidence and positive feelings about the project.”

– Linden Greatwood, Teacher at St. Philip’s School, Chessington


Read a more in-depth case study from Linden at St. Philip’s School, Chessington.

How does it work?

The programme consists of 7 sessions with flexible delivery over the course of the Autumn Term.  As a starting point, we would recommend dedicating 2x45minute lesson time per session, but there is flexibility to work through the sessions at a pace that suits your class.

A CPD webinar for teachers will be made available from 5 September – either to watch live or to catch up later. Essential viewing recommended before beginning delivery.

What's included:

  • A short film presenting the opera piece ‘Blue, Red, Yellow….’ especially commissioned for young audience
  • Supporting activity films to play in the classroom, with graphic visuals
  • A flexible framework with examples and demonstrations throughout
  • Teacher pack with lesson plans and tips/guidance from teachers 
  • ENO Composer Badges for your pupils to wear and keep!
  • Downloadable resources, with optional extension activities
  • CPD webinar for a step-by-step guide through the programme and resources
  • Live Q&A online session 
  • Templates & Tips on how to bring your music to life through extension activities
  • Downloadable ENO Composer Certificate
  • Celebratory video message from the Composer



Showcase and Celebration

  • Classes submit their music piece recording and these are uploaded to the ENO SoundCloud in a playlist for all participating schools to access and discover each other’s work. 
  • We will create a montage gallery on the ENO website of any of your young composer’s visually artistic outcomes, including graphic scores, word clouds, and any other artistic responses.
  • Your classes will receive an ENO Certificate and video message from the composer

The Composer and the ENO will select some pieces from participating schools that reflect the geographical reach and the range of approaches and outcomes, and these will be made into short bespoke animation films and shared with schools and showcased on the ENO website. 

How to get involved

Finish This… is currently closed for bookings. To express your interest for Finish This… 2023, please complete this Expression of Interest form.

Music composed by Omar Shahryar. Libretto by Ruth Mariner.
Conductor | Olivia Clarke, Actor | Mikhail Sen.
Illustrations by Alec Doherty. Films produced by Tmax Productions.
Primary Education Consultant: Sarah Lewis