Distance education resources for children and young people with SEND

Thanks to SNJ team members Angela, Marguerite and especially, Lisa Thomas of SEND Essentials, for compiling this outstanding range of resources. You can download them as a PDF here

This page is for distance learning and other educational resources. This page should be read in conjunction with our other SEND-related Coronavirus education, health, social care and legal information here: (click images below to visit the pages)

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Coronavirus national information:

  1. Help children aged 2 to 4 to learn at home during coronavirus (COVID-19) (published 29 May 2020)
  2. Extra support for schools and parents to help cope with coronavirus. The Government has announced a package of support, including additional funding and high-quality resources, to help schools deal with the challenges posed by coronavirus.
  3. Supporting your children's education during coronavirus (COVID-19) (DfE)
  4. Employment: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-for-employees-employers-and-businesses
  5. ACAS: https://www.acas.org.uk/coronavirus
  6. Infection control: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-infection-prevention-and-control
  7. Disability services: https://www.gov.uk/browse/disabilities
  8. Self-isolating: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance
  9. Emergency legislation: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-bill-summary-of-impacts
  10. Special Needs Jungle updates: https://www.specialneedsjungle.com/latest-coronavirus-information-for-send-families/


  1. NHS: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
  2. Caring for complex children: https://www.wellchild.org.uk/ten-ways-to-keep-my-child-with-complex-health-needs-safe/
  3. Diet and eating resources: https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/eat-well/the-eatwell-guide/

Hand Washing 

  1. Tips for people with sensory difficulties: https://sensoryintegration.org.uk/News/8821506
  2. Free resources: https://www.schuelke.com/gb-en/news-media/Hand-Hygiene-Teaching-Pack-Free-Download.php
  3. Free hand washing visual/poster: https://abavisualized.com/handwashing/poster
  4. Video: https://starautismsupport.com/washing-hands-supports
  5. Factsheet: https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/pdf/hand-sanitizer-factsheet.pdf

Visual information resources for people with disabilities

  1. Animation https://vimeo.com/399311004
  2. Safety video by YP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ILkGVB_Gyrg
  3. Makaton: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4WRUjvt_6lc
  4. Story book: https://www.facebook.com/LittleMiraclesCentre/photos/?types=3&theater
  5. Easy read, Mencap: https://www.mencap.org.uk/Coronavirus-easy read.pdf
  6. Easy read, self-isolating: https://www.easy-read-online.co.uk/media/53205/self-isolating-low-res-easy-read_v1a.pdf
  7. Information for deaf children and young people, their families and professionals supporting them

Social stories 

  1. Everyone gets sick sometimes: https://www.autismspeaks.org/sites/default/files/flu_teaching_story_final%20%281%29.p
  2. Carol Gray: https://carolgraysocialstories.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Pandemics-and-the-Coronavirus.pdf
  3. Medical appointments & photo’s to build own social story: https://www.rchsd.org/documents/autismspeakstoolkit.pdf/
  4. ASD: https://theautismeducator.ie/2020/03/11/corona-virus-social-story/
  5. A range of Coronavirus social stories, communication boards, scripts and planners for those requiring Augmentative communication support(Lower half of scrolling page and tabs): https://www.talktometechnologies.com/pages/covid    
  6. Make your own social story - guidelines and template: http://www.rchsd.org/documents/2015/07/social-story-template
  7. How to make a social story: https://www.autism.org.uk/about/strategies/social-stories-comic-strips.aspx


  1. Carers U.K. caring & contingency planning: https://www.carersuk.org/help-and-advice/health/looking-after-your-health
  2. Calm Jars: https://lemonlimeadventures.com/lego-calm-down-jar/
  3. Kooth, online anonymous metal health support: https://www.kooth.com/
  4. Young Minds blog and other services: https://youngminds.org.uk/blog/
  5. Headspace, mindfulness: https://www.headspace.com/
  6. Rethink, online Coronavirus Hub: https://www.rethink.org/advice-and-information/covid-19-support/
  7. Apps: https://www.commonsensemedia.org/lists/apps-to-help-with-mental-health
  8. Personalised digital self-management tools and human support: https://braininhand.co.uk/
  9. British Psychological Society guidance on supporting care-experienced children and young people through the Coronavirus crisis and its aftermath: https://www.bps.org.uk/coronavirus-resources/public/supporting-care-experienced-children


  1. Little learners: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Self-Regulation-For-Little-Learners5140866
  2. As taught in schools: http://www.zonesofregulation.com/index.html


  1. Apps: https://www.commonsensemedia.org/lists/movement-apps-games-and-websites
  2. Five yoga videos for kids: https://awakeandmindful.com/best-kids-yoga-videos-on-youtube/
  3. 10 Indoor ball games: https://frugalfun4boys.com/ten-indoor-ball-games-kids/
  4. Daily PE with Joe Wicks: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rz0go1pTda8  
  5. https://teenyoga.com/

Formal education resources

  1. Education Endowment Foundation: Covid-19 Resources: Supporting schools and parents to make the most of home learning
  2. New DfE advice: Help children with SEND continue their education during coronavirus (COVID-19) Advice for parents and carers looking after children with special educational needs and disabilities
  3. Curriculum hub, Oak National Academy is now open. It’s an online classroom and resource hub offering daily videoed lessons and resources to assist teachers, as they continue to support pupils until schools re-open. Its SEND offer is now launchedhttps://www.thenational.academy/
  4. BBC Bitesize is offering regular daily lessons for homeschooling in English and Maths, as well as other core subjects, in an expanded version of its website and also on special programmes broadcast on BBC iPlayer and BBC Red Button. https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize
  5. Coronavirus (COVID 19): list of online education resources for home education http://ow.ly/POEV30qvXcJ
  6. Resources available to support homeschooling | Institute of Education - UCL – University College London https://www.ucl.ac.uk/ioe/news/2020/mar/resources-available-support-homeschooling
  7. Free subscriptions: https://kidsactivitiesblog.com/education-companies-offering-free-subscriptions/
  8. General purpose planners to plan the day: https://illinois-school-closure-toolkit
  9. BBC Bitesize by age: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize
  10. Mencap TV: A series of short activities
  11. Do2learn free social skills, self-regulation, songs, games, communication, and life-skills https://do2learn.com/
  12. Twinkl curriculum materials, one month trial is free: www.twinkl.co.uk/offer
  13. Teacher resources for children with PMLD: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2325718580995940/
  14. Home learning guide for children with PMLD: https://primarysite-prod-sorted.home-learning-guide-PMLD
  15. Learning packs: https://www.ashfield.leicester.sch.uk/blue-pathway/home-learning-pack
  16. SEN Early Years resources: https://www.empoweringlittleminds.co.uk/resources-1-early-years-send
  17. Ways to learn through play: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpkztoFHIgP4jpJDKWNWaHA
  18. Understood: https://www.understood.org/social-emotional-activities-for-children
  19. Kent Children’s University https://www.facebook.com/KentChildrensUniversity
  20. Maths: https://www.monstermath.app/
  21. Communication Trust free resources: https://www.thecommunicationtrust.org.uk/resources/resources/
  22. Extensive speech & communication resources: https://eput.nhs.uk/community-health-services/childrens/speech-language-therapy/resources
  23. Resources including life-skills: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/hub/whole-school/special-educational-needs/
  24. ASDAN brand new free resources age 10-19+, life & work skills:https://www.asdan.org.uk/resources/free-resources


Activities: Keep learning relaxed and fun. 

Great ‘virtual’ escapes

Lots of children have had school trips postponed in addition to confinement; try some virtual tours for virtual space to roam.


Advice, tips and a list of the best Apps. 

  1. Apps by subject: https://www.commonsensemedia.org/guide/special-needs
  2. SEND educational Apps: https://www.specialiapps.org/en
  3. Science App: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/monster-physics/id505046678?mt=8
  4. Including Apps for calming http://www.sensoryapphouse.com/ - 
  5. Apps for Autism: https://www.goodschoolsguide.co.uk/special-educational-needs/autism/apps-for-autism


Look for new theatre screenings expected online soon.

  1. The English Touring Opera is offering weekly online music workshops for children with SEND. The whole family is invited to get involved in creative play exploring rhythm, sound and song.  http://ow.ly/VI0C50ziXPS
  2. Wind in The Willows is already out: https://londonist.com/london/theatre/wind-in-the-willows-streaming-west-end
  3. Magician: https://www.facebook.com/LEONmagician
  4. Digital 450 theatrical performances for serious theatre buffs: https://www.digitaltheatre.com/


  1. Signed Tiger who came to Tea: https://youtu.be/VwmkzeTAJ8I
  2. Audio stories free at Audible: https://stories.audible.com/discovery
  3. American titles read by celebrities and free on-demand: https://www.storylineonline.net/
  4. Featuring Children with SEN: https://www.goodreads.com/list/books_featuring_Children_with_Special_Needs
  5. Happy-self Journal: https://happyselfjournal.com/

Online Safety

Now our children are online more than ever, don’t forget safety. Perpetrators of scams and worse are also likely to be online more right now too!

  1. 15-minute safety activity: https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/
  2. Common Sense Media: https://www.commonsensemedia.org/special-needs/
  3. Childnet: https://www.childnet.com/parents-and-carers/supporting-young-people-with-send-online
  4. Childnet has produced a series of six short interactive lessons. These 10-15 minute videos are designed to be picked up and used by families with any young person aged 6-9.
  5. NSPCC: https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/
  6. Commons sense media: https://www.commonsensemedia.org/blog/what-to-watch-read--play-while-stuck-indoors

Education problems

  1. Advice and information: https://contact.org.uk/advice-and-support/
  2. What to do next if you have outstanding legal issues:


Don’t forget that many disability-specific charities will also have tips, advice and resources for education and the whole range of family matters in current times.

  1. Help to find a charity related to your child’s needs
  2. SEND Lockdown essentials Facebook group 

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