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National Lockdown - Resources for Parents, Carers, Young People Schools, Settings & Professionals

These resources and links have been collected together to support parents, carers, young people, schools, settings. In the dropdown sections there are links to information to support mental health and wellbeing, support for parents, resources to support successful transitions.

Learning at home

Resource Pack to Support Home Learning

BBC to put lessons on TV during lockdown - BBC News

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 available to download from TES SEN website

Access Art resources

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Soundabout are offering live online inclusive music sessions

Inclusive Teach 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


Inclusive sensory discovery pack for Shakespeare's The Tempest bclid=IwAR34E3UlV4vcZvggteQpnT7MiKuzD19sPlnQVmAOcB0MxiDeP7Gjki673ts

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

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.

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.

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

Covid Vaccinations

Telford & Wrekin Council Covid-19 Vaccination

NHS Telford & Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Group – Coronavirus Vaccination

Vaccine Priority List

NHS Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine

Public Health  England Covid-19 Vaccination Guides

COVID-19 vaccination – a guide for adults

COVID-19 vaccination – guide for childbearing, pregnant or breastfeeding women

What to expect after your COVID-19 vaccination

The leaflets have been translated into 18 languages and Easy Read versions for people with a learning disability here.

View the BSL videos
(British Sign Language)

NHS Video - Information about the Coronavirus vaccine: For people with a learning disability and autistic people

This is a short film which talks about coronavirus and the coronavirus vaccine. It describes  how important it is to have the vaccine and what you should do after you’ve had the vaccine.

Watch the video


Easy read guide about the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine and what we know about it so far (PDF)

Answers to your frequently asked questions about the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine (PDF)

Support & Advice for Families

Telford SENDIASS Parent Wellbeing Sessions.

Telford SEND Information Advice and Support Service are inviting parents to come along to our virtual parent wellbeing sessions.  It is an opportunity to chat with other parents in these difficult times and also by looking at those areas of wellbeing   that are important to how we feel- Being Active, Connecting with Others, Taking Notice , Learning and Giving.  For further information please visit the Telford SENDIASS Website where you can book a place. There are other workshops available also to help support your child through transition back into education, and understanding the SEND processes. Website -

Patient carer and family engagement and communication during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

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

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

Supporting Mental Health

Tips, advice and guidance on where you can get support for your mental health.


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

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 & Advice for Schools & Settings

Following requests from the Virtual Briefings, we said we would share examples of a ‘Plan on a Page’ shared by one of the Telford Schools and our LSAT team. Please also find templates you are welcome to use.
Plan on a Page LSAT example
Plan on a Page template

SEND Virtual Briefing for Schools, Early Years & Post 16 Settings – June 2020

SEND Virtual Briefing for Schools, Early Years & Post 16 Settings – May 2020

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

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

Talking to children about coronavirus

Teacher resilience during coronavirus school closures

Personal Budgets and PA's

We are pleased to now be able to support regular testing through our local testing centres in Telford & Wrekin for those who care and support for our vulnerable residents.

PA Testing Letter November 2020

Going back to School

Updated guidance for parents and carers on educational settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

We have updated our guidance for parents and carers on what they need to know about early years providers, schools, and colleges during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak to align with policy announcements already made, for example, the flexibility for primary schools to welcome back additional pupils where they have the capacity to do so. We have also changed the layout of the page in response to user feedback to help parents and carers navigate to the information they need.

The guidance can be found here:

We will be going back to school sometime - Social Story


Traveling to school safely - A short video that shows how to travel to school safely.

Transition Support & School Videos

SEND Parent/Carer Newsletter

SEND Parent/Carer FAQ’s

Community Children and Young People’s Health Services during the Covid-19 Pandemic

Chief Public Health Nurse’s Open Letter

Minister Ford - Open letter to the SEND sector