Beating the Virus: A free downloadable story

A new resource on Coronavirus – For children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. 

We hope you are keeping well in these difficult times.
Our big news is that we are in the process of creating a special resource about Coronavirus. The current pictures are in black and white. We are making them available now for free for anyone who is in urgent need.

In the story, we meet Kali again (some of you might recognise her from ‘Belonging’) when she starts to feel poorly with a cough and a temperature. Our short wordless story will help people to understand what to do if you have Coronavirus (COVID-19) to keep yourself and those you care about safe. The story also shows how you can safely help others who may be self-isolating.

Supplementary text at the end of the story gives information on where people can seek help if they are unwell and signposts to other useful resources.
This is an evolving resource which we will be updating regularly as our artist, Lucy Bergonzi, refines and colours the pictures.

You can download your copy, here:

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Free Online Learning Course!

‘An introduction to multi-sensory learning’

Developed by Hirstwood Training , this is invaluable for any Teacher or Teaching Assistant wishing to deepen their understanding of how sensory learning works for children with SEND.

It is beautifully designed with video and auditory commentary; the text offers useful insights and summaries, all in ‘bite size’ chunks. –  launched this month by Richard and Lois Hirstwood, whose commitment and boundless energy has driven innovation in the field of SEND for over 25 years.

Check out the full suite of Sensory Online Learning modules. 


Born Too Early

Born too early; a Father’s journey with his prematurely born son.

Ross McGill of Teacher Toolkit has a really high profile in the world of Education. The Guardian dubbed him “Britain’s most influential teaching expert”

But he is also the father of a little boy born at 28 weeks  gestation. His blogs give some valuable insights.

It is always worth reminding ourselves that there are between 2 – 4 children born prematurely in every Primary classroom ; (many more in Special Schools).Is that your classroom

And please remember it is not just about the child; we need to acknowledge the ‘premature arrival of parenthood’, and all of the pain, anguish and anxiety they experience.

To you the parent may be unduly concerned and overbearing about their, but in reality the trauma of those birth experiences have never left them. They are a ‘confident champion’ for their child,

Barry Carpenter,
March 2020.