Special educational needs and disabilities (SEND)
This list of SEND resources has been developed with a focus on accessibility and inclusivity and has been collected and assured with support from:
- trusted SEND organisations
- SEND charities
- multi-academy trusts
- special education headteachers
- SEN World
- The New Bridge Group
- Snowflake School
- Coop Academy Southfield
- Chailey Heritage Schools
- The Eden Academy Trust
The vast majority of the resources on this list are suitable for both parents and teachers to use in supporting the home learning of children and young people with SEND.
To support parents in using these resources, the DfE have also published information for parents and carers in supporting the home education of children and young people, which includes specific guidance for children and young people with SEND.
The tips for supporting home learning are particularly relevant for children with SEND, especially:
- reading together
- engaging in talk and encouragement
- structuring the day
- finding routines
SEND: apps and games
(Apps must be downloaded onto a compatible device)
Description: a visual instruction app, including flash cards and picture-choosing games, for children with autism and special needs.
Description: a collection of games and resources designed for a range of educational needs and stages. It includes provision for school closure.
Sensory App House Ltd
Description: a range of apps are available for pupils with Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties (PMLD) or Severe Learning Difficulties (SLD). All are interactive and many do not require significant coordination abilities.
Description: an all-in-one app created to support people with communication and learning difficulties. For verbal and non-verbal learners.
SEND: online, downloadable and printable resources
Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families
Description: a downloadable guide to supporting the mental health and wellbeing of pupils and students during periods of disruption. Designed for teachers, but suitable for parents too.
Charles Dickens Primary
Description: the Jenny Wren Virtual School SEN Hub offers daily lessons for pupils with moderate learning difficulties, focusing on Makaton and a daily activity to complete with a parent or teacher.
Description: videos and education resources, with some SEND specific resources listed.
Description: online resource designed to address common literacy difficulties
Description: downloadable and printable accessible teaching resources for parents and teachers to support pupils with a range of SEND needs, including autism, PMLD, SLCN, MLD, SLD
Pearson – Rapid Reading and Rapid Phonics
Description: the Rapid Reading and Rapid Phonics programmes focus on accelerating progress in reading skills for pupils with dyslexia and with low levels of literacy. Designed for teachers, but suitable for parents too.
Priory Woods School
Description: resources from an award-winning, innovative school, rated by Ofsted as outstanding and put together by SEND teachers for parents and teachers. The resources include apps and programmes.
Description: a secure online video call service to connect pupils, parents and teachers. Potential use might include pupils with SEND and/or their parents having a weekly video call with a SENCo to monitor their progress with home learning.
Description: guidance videos created in collaboration with the Centre for Education and Youth (CfEY) to increase the knowledge and awareness of a range of SEND conditions. Aimed at newly qualified teachers but also provides helpful resources and tips that will be useful for parents.
Description: downloadable activities aimed particularly at learners with PMLD, SLD and those who are learning to use assistive technology to access the curriculum. Suitable for parents and teachers.
Description: downloadable and printable resources that can be adapted to suit the needs of pupils. Resources are aimed at a range of abilities. Website has over 300,000 regular users and is suitable for both parents and teachers.
Description: online resources for SEN teaching at home
Speech and Language Kids
Description: an extensive range of education and therapy resources for parents and teachers of children with speech and language needs. A podcast is also available on iTunes for verbal and non-verbal children.
Speech Link Multimedia Ltd
Description: a parent portal with links to downloadable resources, activities and games developed by a team of speech and language therapists and software engineers who work with over 4,000 schools in the UK.
The Autism Page
Description: online support and information aimed at supporting parents with young children with autism. Information and ideas to support the implementation of helpful teaching methods.
UCL Centre for Inclusive Education
Description: a guide to help parents adjust to remote learning by providing advice and links to resources.