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Resources for learning and wellbeing for all children, including those with SEND

The resources on this page have been collated together to support children and young people’s mental health, wellbeing and education. There are activities that can be used by children, young people, families and professionals. The information is for children of all ages, we will update this page every time we find new resources.

Parent/Carer Briefing May 2020

Resource Pack to Support Home Learning

Children – Information about Coronavirus

BBC Newsround has a comprehensive section on coronavirus with text and video guidance that focusing on tips if a child is worried, how to wash their hands and what self-isolation means.

Covibook – is a short book that tells a story to support and reassure children under the age of 7. It is an invitation for families to discuss the full range of emotions arising from the current situation. It is not a source of scientific information, rather it encourages children to talk about their emotions and understand the situation around them. Available in 18 languages.

Stories that explain Coronavirus

Hello I’m a Virus – is a social story that explains the symptoms of Coronavirus for children and how to stay safe.

Coronavirus Story

By ELSA-Support


My Story About Pandemics and the Coronavirus

By Carol Grey

This is a social story about coronavirus and pandemics, it uses large print pictures and provides contextual information about pandemics and viruses in general.

How parents can support children

Talking to Kids about Coronavirus – this article explains how to talk to children so that it prevents them worrying.


Parenting in the time of Covid-19

These downloadable sheets help parents too constructively communicate with their children during this time of confinement. There are tips for parents to cover planning one to one time, staying positive, creating a daily routine, avoiding bad behaviour, managing stress and talking about CVID-9.


Helping Children cope with stress during the 2019 –nCoV outbreak – PDF download print.pdf?sfvrsn=f3a063ff_2


British Psychological Society – advice to schools, parents and carers to help children through the uncertainty of school closures.

Highlights the importance of talking to children about Coronavirus


Incredible Years – Special Download Keeping calm and Providing Supportive Parenting during the Coronavirus and home activities for Children.


Place2B – A guide to helping parents answer questions from their children and to support family wellbeing. blogs/2020/march/coronavirus-information-for-children/


Young Minds – talking to your children about Coronavirus and 10 tips from the Parents Helpline to support family wellbeing about-coronavirus/

Mindful and relaxation exercises that can be done with younger children to manage anxiety.

Helping children with special educational needs and disabilities

National Autistic Society – guidance and helpline for parents’, young people and staff. schools/vanguard/news/2020/march/coronavirus-(covid-19)-advice.aspx


Mencap - Easy Read guide to Coronavirus


The Autism Education – A social story

A social story about coronavirus that has a good level of specificity about the effects of social distancing e.g. not being able to go to favourite places.


CarersUK - Guidance for carers after-your-health/coronavirus-covid-19


Amaze - information pack for parents coronavirus-for-parent-carers-of-children-with-send-brighton-hove/


Public Health England have produced an easy read version of their  Advice on the coronavirus for places of education. You can download it  here.


Information for those struggling with OCD


General information for young people about managing their mental health


Information for those with sensory difficulties who struggle with handwashing

Inclusive resources

Story massage have put together a free resource booklet of 36 stories, email them to be sent a copy:


Pete Wells has some raucous free sensory stories available on his website - and the podcast is well worth a listen too!


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The Sensory Projects has project packs for inclusive learning and also some simple sensory games to play


The Sensory Dispensary have activities available to download from TES SEN website


Access Art resources


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Soundabout are offering live online inclusive music sessions


Inclusive Teach activities learning-activities/


Music apps and interactive resources (and even some online lessons)



Clicker - accessible word processing


Interactive computer activities from Bridgend School


Riverside home school resources



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31 pages of activity ideas for special school learners (download at the bottom of the page)


Bank of resources from the Northern Ireland curriculum ources.asp


Greenside sensory stories R1EaTSk2mu633RKq_wmwPCR9tJ6birjNkm6q7r4RIB9EsVTyQfdmJNMWCA


Sensory and messy play activities for children with additional needs


Website and activity ideas


50 sensory learning activities


Activities including sensory and massage stories themed for the time of year KJ6Pa/Home%20learing%20pack?dl=0&subfolder_nav_tracking=1


Positive Eye Ideas Machine


Ways to learn through play

Activities for children at home – including some ideas for education and some just for fun!

GoNoodle - videos designed to get kids moving.


Seusville - lot of activities, crafts and games based on the world of Dr Seuss

Children: Parents:


Thinking games - this website has links to a whole host of games designed to improve logical thinking skills


Highlights Kids - a popular US magazine for children, this site has lots of ideas for craft activities, recipes and an 'explore' section covering science questions and experiments


Art for Kids Hub - this Youtube channel shows you how to draw a variety of things from animals to cartoon characters and even cars


The Imagination Tree

Creative art and craft activities for the very youngest.


The MET Office

RSPB - activities


Paw Print Badges – Free challenge packs and other downloads. Indoor and outdoor.


Early years


Chat Play Read


Tiny Happy People



Early Movers


Hungry Little Minds


World stories


Cbeebies Radio – Listening activities

Learning at home

Ted Ed – Stay Curious


FlashAcademy - FlashAcademy is an app that helps EAL students learn English from over 45 home languages, MFL students with 12 foreign languages and students with low literacy with our English to English lessons.


Twinkl - free home learning booklets from EYFS through to GCSE, you can download them here: resources-parents/school-closures-free-resources-parents


Oxford Owl - free e-books for ages 3-11, and range of how-to videos for maths. They also have a parents’ page which explains how spelling and grammar is taught in schools. If you ever wondered what a 'fronted adverbial' was, here's your chance to find out!


Discovery Education - English, Maths & Science activities for KS1 & KS2 and also a section on coding


Scholastic - this US company have put together 20 days of cross-curricular projects to work through at home. The correct grade will need to be selected to match the UK year group:

- PreK and Kindergarten = Reception and Year 1

- Grades 1 & 2 = Year 2 and 3

- Grades 3-5 = Years 4, 5 and 6

- Grades 6+ = Year 7 onwards


BBC Bitesize - videos, quizzes and games covering the entire curriculum for primary, secondary and post-16 students


Topmarks - collection of educational games covering all topics


Toy Theater - Educational online games


Chatterpack - a list of home Ed resources


Teachit Primary - resources and games to print for English, Maths, Science and Foundation subjects. Sign up for an account is required to download the free resources.

 Teachit also have a range of resources for secondary school students. The website address is teachit + topic name e.g. English would be, Languages


British Council – Resources for English language learning


Oxford Owl for Home - Primary


Smart videos for curious minds of all ages: The Kids Should See This


Crash Course – YouTube videos on many different topics




Teach your monster to read


Phonics Play - phonics games which follow the Letters & Sounds phonics programme. Pick the phase the child is currently on using the menu at the side.

Phonics Play is currently free for all users during the school closure period. Username: march20

Password: home




Storyline Online - a catalogue of videos featuring celebrities reading children's stories


Unite for literacy - a US online library which provides free access to over 400 original picture books




CoolMath4Kids - interactive games covering the four operations (+ - x ÷) and fractions


Pet Bingo - an app for practising the four operations, children get to earn pets and care for them




Snappy Maths - maths worksheets for quick mental arithmetic sessions, like doubles &

halves, number bonds and times tables




Science Museum Group - Videos, activities and facts on lots of different science topics for all key stages


Science for Kids - A New Zealand based site with lots of science experiments and games for kids


Switch Zoo - the idea started from creating new animals by switching parts, includes lots of information about habitats, biomes, feeding animals and animal sounds


Mystery Science


Crest Awards – Science awards that can be completed at home

Topics (History, Geography, Art)

Virtual museum tours

Big History Project - Secondary


National Geographic Kids - covering animals, science, history & geography, a website full of fascinating facts.


3D Geography - free paper templates for making models, plus lots of geography information and resources


Geography Games


National Geographic Kids – Activities and quizzes




Tynker - marketed as 'coding for kids', this website is currently offering free access to its premium content - founders of the 'Hour of code' tutorials, this website offers computer science courses for students from reception through to A-level


iDEA Awards - Digital award scheme that can be completed online

Computer programming







Duolingo - a free platform for learning languages. You can learn from a computer, or download the app.

Sensory Inclusion Service (SIS) offer during pandemic

Like all services we are exploring new ways of working during this period of time. Our focus is to continue to support schools, settings and families to ensure that the needs of our sensory impaired children are met.  This is some of what we are doing:

Contact with schools, settings and families

All the team are in regular contact with families and schools over this period of time.  We are setting up online support for learning through Microsoft Teams to support activities directed from schools for children to complete at home.

  • We are contacting schools to enhance the accessibility of any materials they are requiring CYP to complete at home.
  • If schools need advice around the accessibility of these materials for sensory impaired children please contact your ToD or QTVI who will offer support.
  • If children do not have activities to complete we can signpost families to relevant and accessible materials they can engage with at home. This is being facilitated through a weekly SIS update to families on the Local Offer
  • We are offering guidance to families around technology being used to support communication during this period of time.

Most importantly we continue to offer regular contact with carers to offer a ‘listening ear’ at a time when many families feel isolated and vulnerable.  Our Social Inclusion Facilitators are supporting this work.

Statutory Duties

SIS will continue to fulfil its statutory duties where required:

  • Attendance at any virtual annual review and completing submissions for EHCP processes.
  • Ensuring reports and other documentation are in place for annual reviews.
  • Link with parents to support parental/child or young person submissions as required.
  • Links with other authorities, SEND and schools to ensure needs of children or young people are being met.
  • Support of LAC and guidance to independent schools as required.

Hearing and Vision Needs

Sensory impairment can cause barriers to learning and lead to social isolation.  During this period of time we are ensuring that hearing and vision needs continue to be met through:

  • Online support with hearing aid technician / ICT officer for child/young person at home and settings
  • Online resources and technical support through Local Offer (Click Here)
  • Weekly online meeting with SATH Audiology department to discuss cases / issues to address
  • Hearing aid repairs/manufacturing are continuing through new agreed pathways.

If families have concerns around a child’s hearing or vision they can contact their relevant team member at SIS and these can be addressed directly by the Educational Audiologist with ENT and Ophthalmology.

  • New referrals continue to be processed through online meeting with ENT / Ophthalmology.  If schools have concerns about a child that is not known to SIS they should be referred by families in the normal way for a hearing or vision test through their GP.

We are all learning as we go along in this process and if schools have any enquiries please contact the Joint Team Leaders Graham Groves ( or Theresa Robinson ( or the ToD/ QTVI assigned to your school.


Shropshire Telford & Wrekin Beam – Phone-based support

Over the last 2 weeks we have been working on how we can continue to provide support for the young people who access our drop-in services. 

From 2nd April 2020, Shropshire Telford & Wrekin Beam will be offering a call-back telephone service.

Please note that we are not offering a crisis or instant response service.

The support being offered is purely phone-based.  We cannot provide support via email, text/messaging apps or on video calling platforms. 

Accessing call-back support:

Young people can email us at asking for support.  Once they have emailed, an automatic response will ask for some more information.  When this has been completed, a team member will contact them to discuss what help they need, and when the best time would be for a practitioner to call them.

Calls will be booked in with our practitioners within our usual drop-in times.

Accessing support without a call back:

Where a young person does not want to talk but still needs some support, they can still contact us via  We can send details of online resources, information and apps which can offer support.

Information for Professionals:

You can signpost any young people who you feel would benefit from knowing more about this offer to our website

You can also pass on the details as to how they get in touch with us.  Please ask the young person to contact us via

We won’t be able to contact young people unless the request for contact from our service has come from the young person or their parent/carer.

For all young people who are aged 13 and under, their parent/carer will need to make a request on the young person’s behalf.

As with our face to face drop-ins, the young person should want to engage with us, and be able to do so over the phone. 

Information for Parents/carers:

If you feel your child(ren)/young person would benefit from our support, please take a look at our website

For young people aged 13+ please ask them to contact us via

For young people who are aged 13 and under, you will need to contact us on their behalf via

As with our face to face drop-ins, the young person should want to engage with us, and be able to do so over the phone.

We will continue to innovate and adapt as we need to. This is an enormous effort from every corner of The Children’s Society to ensure we can continue to offer support to the children and young people we work with.  For more information about how our charity is working at the moment, or to donate to our emergency Coronavirus appeal, please go to our website at

BEAM Covid-19 Information and Support Leaflet

Useful links to support Home Education

Child Development:

Child’s Brain

This link will take you to information about promoting early years’ development.

The Teenage Brain

As above but with a focus on teenage development.

Elective Home Education support:


Elective Home Education Service.

A range of printable resources covering all key stages and subject areas.

Education Everywhere

Supporting parent led education 

Education Otherwise

Support and guidance for parents electing to educate their children at home

Home Schooling

Range of ideas and resources for children at all key stages

Closed support group for home educators

Access to EHE forums

Shows venues nationwide that offer discounts to home educators

Good links and information from a mum with

Learning across the curriculum: 

Family Learning

Resources and guidance to support family learning and promote development

Schools Net

Has primary and secondary resources, including revision support

Primary Resources

Printable resources for children at primary phase.

Teach It Primary

As above

Woodlands Junior School

Help for homework includes some useful links (Primary)

Woodlands Junior School

As above but focus on British life and culture includes some useful links (Primary)

Free BBC video resources KS1-4 in range of subject areas

BBC Bitesize

Support and guidance for students through Key Stages 1-4 and beyond.


Keeping young people up-to-date with current affairs


Range of educational resources. To access resources you will need to register. Registration is free.


Resources for basic materials

Free Teaching Resources

Resources for Early Years to KS4 across all subject areas


Range of resources and work sheets for children at all key stages

Tops Marks

Games and activities in a range of subjects across all key stages

Free on-line learning tools across a range of subjects


Courses for maths and English functional skills

Free printable learning packs to download and print out. Suitable for KS1-4

Primary resources with video clips

Links to a range of free educational resources

American site but with links and tips on how to home school for free

Sites recommended by Mumsnet. Includes free to use and sites available for subscribers (includes discount codes).

English language development:


Support and resources to support early reading

Teach It

English resources for KS3 and above

Young Writers

Includes tutorials and competitions to support children’s writing development


Support for literacy


Range of resources to support reading

British Council

Quizzes, games and worksheets for teaching English

National literacy Trust

General support for English development

Primary literacy support with a range of free resources and information

Maths development:

Maths Zone

Range of maths games and resources

The Maths Factor – this offers a free trial period. There is a fee but this may be reduced for parents who are home educating.

TSM resources

Secondary maths resources

Science development:

The James Dyson Foundation

Includes free resources and challenge cards.

Science Kids

Range of experiments, quizzes and worksheets

Natural History Museum

Information and resources

ICT resources:

Teach ICT

KS3 and above resources

Modern foreign languages:


Learn a language. Range of languages and levels of commitment to select from

History resources:

History Learning Site

Range of topics and printable resources

Thinking History

Resources from KS1-KS4

Discover Shropshire

Local history and ideas for days out

Art development:

The Toy Box

Ideas for promoting arts and crafts

On-line safety:

Know It All

Resources for primary and secondary pupils to raise awareness of on-line safety

Think U Know

Educational programme from CEOP


Childline – Bullying

Support and guidance for parents and students.

SEN support:

Support group for parents of children with SEN

Link to supplier of books, games and resources for children with a range of SEN needs

Resources for children with SEN – including some free resources to download and print out

Free resources to support social skills and behaviour regulation

General information and guidance for children with SEN

Autism West Midlands

Resources and guidance

Assessment and exams:


Includes past exam papers and mark schemes to support assessment


Includes past exam papers and mark schemes to support assessment


Includes past exam papers and mark schemes to support assessment

Get Revising

Support for GCSE exam preparation. Includes past papers and support for revision

SATs tests – free to download


Other useful sites:

Educationists – provides information about discounted activities and visits for home educators.

Supporting Children and Young People with Autism

PHE mental health and wellbeing guidance – includes a section about autistic people

The National Autistic Society Coronavirus information – for updates and advice for autistic adults and children

Autistica – ‘My Ways to Cope’ information about managing through the outbreak

Exception to the once a day exercise rule for medical need – this is particularly important for those who need to exercise outside more than once a day as part of their care plan

Social stories about Coronavirus from Books Beyond Words

Supporting Children and Young People with Learning Disabilities

PHE easy read version of coronavirus guidance:

Exception to the once a day exercise rule for medical need – particularly important for those who need to exercise outside more than once a day as part of their care plan

Parents Opening Doors (PODs)

Information, Advice and Support Service (IASS)

Free and impartial support for children and young people aged 0-25 years with special educational needs and disabilities and their parent/carers

Call 01952 457176

Support and Advice for Professionals, Settings and Family Carers

COVID-19: guidance for residential care, supported living and home care – guidance for support staff and care settings, including use of PPE

DHSC guidance for those who provide unpaid care to family and friends

Managing capacity and demand within inpatient and community mental health, learning disabilities and autism services from NHS England – for local authorities who are operating teams that include health staff

Social care provider resilience during COVID-19: guidance to commissioners from the Local Government Association

Responding to COVID-19: the ethical framework for adult social care 

Letter from NHSE making clear that blanket DNACPR notices should not be used and advice about the frailty scale for people with learning disabilities – to support equal access to health care

Advice for families of people with severe learning disabilities - a set of information from the Challenging Behaviour Foundation  

Going back to School

SEND wellbeing briefing for schools

SEND parent/carer wellbeing briefing