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Featured stories

SEN local offers explained

What do councils have to tell you about SEN provision?
Everything you need to know about "local offers". More

Into the wild
How therapeutic outdoor interventions can help pupils with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties. More

Call for national cerebral palsy strategy
Parliamentary Inquiry demands action on CP support. More

Aiding the transition
How the right communication aid can help students as they move beyond school. More 

The courage to fail
What is the right thing to say when a child’s answer is wrong? More 

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Featured organisations

Petrow Harley Landscape Architects have 20 years of experience designing and creating safe outdoor learning spaces for many SEN Schools. With their help they can revitalise, transform and make more efficient use of an area to enable greater use of the outdoor learning environment by pupils and staff. More

Timotay designs and builds unique and stimulating playgrounds across the UK and UAE. From consultation to design and build, Timotay is all you need to create an excellent outdoor play environment. Timotay create playgrounds for children of all abilities and aim to give every child the opportunity of outdoor play. More

Especially Toys and Gifts was established by the mum of a disabled child, who has spent many years struggling to find suitable birthday and Christmas presents. The aim of this site is to supply fun and exciting toys for all children and adults with special needs. Advice is available on the suitability of all gifts. More

World leading speech recognition software 
Your child is smart, but with dyslexia, they face challenges others don’t: writing, spelling and typing can be frustrating and difficult. Dragon NaturallySpeaking changes all that. It turns thoughts into written words, simply by speaking. They can use the computer to edit documents, jot down ideas etc. using their voice. Find out more here.

Now Hear Me
Developed on behalf of NHS Education for Scotland (NES), is a gateway to information and advice aimed at helping people understand the needs of individuals who may have difficulties as a result of impaired or no speech and who use augmentative and alternative communications (AAC).

Shakespeare Schools Festival provides students of any ability with the transformative experience of performing Shakespeare live on a professional stage. 2,000 students from SEN schools starred in the 2014 Festival after their teachers were empowered with expert resources and tailored workshops to direct them. Join the cast of 2015 today.

Chailey Heritage Foundation is a pioneering charity which educates and cares for children and young adults with complex physical disabilities and health needs. The innovative charity encompasses Chailey Heritage School, an Ofsted-Outstanding special school, Chailey Heritage Residential for three to 19-year-olds and Futures@Chailey Heritage, a specialist transition provision for 19- to 25-year olds. More

Which School? for Special Needs is an annual guide to independent and non-maintained schools and colleges for pupils with sensory, physical, learning, social, emotional and behavioural difficulties or dyslexia. Now in its 21st edition, this well-received guide contains a comprehensive directory, updated annually, and also editorial articles. Available in print or free eBook. More

Crick Software
Clicker 6 is the child-friendly word processor that enables pupils to significantly develop their literacy skills. This year, Crick Software is running a number of Clicker 6 regional training days. Led by a Clicker expert, these events combine step-by-step demonstrations with hands-on Clicker time. Places available at £150 per delegate. More

BBC Something Special Magazine is created for all children, of all abilities, so everyone can enjoy the activities. Based on the award-winning CBeebies series, each issue is packed with fun, educational puzzles and stories that encourage communication. Plus, each month, enjoy a quality gift, stickers and at-a-glance Makaton signs. More

Douglas Silas Solicitors are the legal experts specialising exclusively in SEN, helping parents successfully through the SEN process. Their website at is a popular resource used by thousands of parents/professionals. Douglas also authors 'A Guide To The SEN Code of Practice' available for all eBook readers/tablets/smartphones. More details at:

LVS Oxford and LVS Hassocks schools for young people aged 11 to 19 (eight to 19 LVS Hassocks) with autism and Asperger’s providing day and weekly residential places. Enquiries are welcomed so call the school on: 01865 595170 (LVS Oxford) or: 01273 832901 (LVS Hassocks) and have a look around. More

The National Autistic Society is the UK’s leading charity for people affected by autism. A local charity with a national presence, it provides information, advice, advocacy, training and resources for individuals and their families. More

GESS Education - bursting with education ideas
GESS exhibitions and conferences have earned a reputation for delivering an exceptional variety of educational products and solutions that help raise the quality of teaching and learning in classrooms, as well as a world-class CPD accredited educational forum. More

The Hesley GroupCelebrating 40 years, the Hesley Group provides flexible, specialist residential services, schools and colleges. The Hesley Group aims to offer the best possible care, education and support for young people and adults, often with autism, who have a learning disability and complex needs including behaviour that may challenge. More

Prior's Court
Prior's Court offer specialist autism services, supporting and developing young people with autism and complex learning difficulties. The School (5 to 19 years) and Young Adult Provision (19 to 25 years) offer personalised learning focussing on developing independence, life-skills, behaviour management, communication, choice-making, vocational skills and inclusion in the community. More

Sensory Technology Ltd are a specialist multi-sensory company within the design, manufacture and installation of sensory environments. Whether you require a sensory room, sensory garden, soft play area, hydrotherapy pool or padded room they are the first choice for many schools and organisations due to their outstanding service and affordability. More

Seashell Trust provides outstanding education and care services for children and young people with complex communication and learning needs including autism and multi-sensory impairment. Its specialist on-site assessment and leisure facilities enhance and extend the curriculum. Individual programmes are designed by a multi-disciplinary team and delivered by qualified and experienced staff. More

CPD, training and events

Henshaws College Professional Development Days
Regular professional development events and training for professionals working with young people with disabilities. Including training on inclusive learning, assistive technology and networking events. For more information, email Henshaws College  or call: 01423 886451. More

Various Dates
Using Soundbeam to Support the Curriculum and Communication

This course will look at the many ways in which the Soundbeam can be used to support special needs pupils in a classroom environment
Concept Training Ltd.

Various dates
Supporting people on the Autism Spectrum in Producing Written Work
It is not uncommon for people with autism to experience difficulties in completing written tasks. This course is suitable for anyone who works with children, young people or adults, in an educational setting.
Concept Training Ltd.  01524-832828  More

Various dates
Autism Spectrum, An Introduction, Level 2

Various venues
Accredited at level 2 by the Open College Network. This course is for anyone working with or caring for either adults or children with autism.
Concept Training Ltd.  01524-832828  More

Various dates
Learning Outside the Classroom

This course covers outdoor teaching ideas across all areas of the curriculum for children and young people with a range of disabilities and learning difficulties.
Concept Training Ltd.  01524-832828  More

Various dates
Practical and Effective Ways of Using Multi-Sensory Equipment

A practical "hands on" course to learn everything you need to know to get the most out of a multi-sensory environment. Learn what the multi-sensory concept is, how to use it and who can benefit.
Concept Training Ltd.  01524-832828  More

Various dates
Intensive Interaction (Phoebe Caldwell) Sensory Issues And Communication Using Body Language
This course uses film and discussion to look at the different sensory experience of children and adults with autism. Learn how their understanding can be helped through visual, auditory and physical interventions.
Concept Training Ltd.  01524-832828  More

Various dates
Active for Autism courses for PE teachers
Various venues 
This National Autistic Society’s project is designed to support people with autism in sport or physical activity by providing training for sports practitioners. We are offering training for coaches, PE teachers and anyone involved in delivering sport or physical activity. Various courses and bespoke consultancy packages available. For more information, visit the website or email the NAS.

Various dates (as required)
People First Education SEN INSET training

Effective, personalised, in-house training delivered by experienced, qualified and approachable trainers.
Contact for information and availability. Online booking available.
01427 667556. More

Various dates (as required)
People First Education SEN Consultations and Observations
In-house observations of learners, supported by teacher consultations followed by whole staff lunchtime/twilight feedback session and detailed, personalised written reports including recommendations and interventions.
Contact for information and availability. Online booking available.
01427 667556. More

Various March and April 2015
People First Education: Making Visual Strategies and Social Stories
9 March: Premier Meetings Albert Dock Liverpool L3 4AD
16 April: Premier Inn, Brighouse HD6 4HA

23 April: National College, Nottingham, NG8 1DH
Visual and auditory social and behavioural strategies for learners with ASDs, ADHD and related conditions. £145 + VAT. Contact for information and availability. Online booking available. 01427 667556. More

Various March and April 2015
People First Education: Getting it Right for Learners with Dyslexia Day
18 March: Latton Bush Centre, Harlow, CM18 7BL
14 April: Premier Inn, Gateshead NE11 0BE
£145 + VAT
For full details and booking online, click here

7 March 2015
Sensory World grand opening

Sensory World will open on the 7 March 2015 at 10 o'clock. 
Join them for their grand opening. Ed Balls MP and his partner from Kirklees will open this new multi sensory play centre which has lights, sounds and an interactive wall. More

11 and 19 March 2015
Turning Theory Into Practice

Award-winning, specialist SEN solicitor Douglas Silas explains the new SEN framework and outlines how best to avoid/resolve disputes. More 

24 to 26 March

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
This exhibition and conference introduces the Middle East community to the latest developments in mobility solutions, independent living solutions, assistive technology and rehabilitation solutions. More

26 March 2015
Turning Theory Into Practice
Award-winning, specialist SEN solicitor Douglas Silas explains the new SEN framework and outlines how best to avoid/resolve disputes. (Aimed at educational psychologists (EPs)/therapists/other "experts"). More

27 to 29 March 2015
Multi-discipline Rehab Treatment and Rehacare & Orthopedic Canton 2015 (MDRT + R&OC 2015)
Poly World Trade Centre, Guangzhou, China
The leading trade fair of rehabilitation therapy, assistive technology, prosthetics & orthotics in China.
Concurrent Event: International Rehabilitation Canton Forum (IRCF)

11 April 2015
Enabling Children to Speak About Feelings Through Storytelling

Training day
10.00 - 17.30
Cost: £150
The Centre for Child Mental Health
020 7354 2913

Email CCMH

15 to 17 April 2015
GESS Mexico – Bursting with Education Ideas
World Trade Center, Mexico City
GESS Mexico is the latest launch from GESS portfolio of world class education exhibitions and conferences. GESS is free of charge to attend, giving you the opportunity to experience innovative exhibits and demonstrations from industry experts on the very latest education technologies and solutions. More

24 and 25 April 2015
The Nursery2Primary Show

Bournemouth BIC
There are CPD opportunities for SEN professionals at Nursery2Primary 2015. Register now to hear Jane Friswell, Chief Exec of nasen speak on “Every Teacher, Every Child: the Graduated Approach to Meeting Special Educational Needs”. More

24 to 26 April 2015
Balance/Auditory/Vision/eXercises "Bal-A-Vis-X workshop"
Three days of intensive training given by founder Bill Hubert. Bal-A-Vis-X is a series of more than 300 Balance/Auditory/Vision eXercises of varied complexity all of which are deeply rooted in rhythm. Work shop for SENCOs, OTs, TAs, healthcare professionals and parents. To See examples of the exercises and make booking visit the website.
07766 837 616. More

25 April 2015
Changing Children’s Lives Through Conversations That Matter (age 5-18 years)

10.00 - 17.15
Cost: £174
The Centre for Child Mental Health

020 7354 2913
Email CCMH

26 April 2015
A Day with World-Leading Affective Neuroscientist Professor Jaak Panksepp. The Neuroscience of Our Emotional Lives
10.00 - 16.30
Cost: £174
The Centre for Child Mental Health

020 7354 2913
Email CCMH

9 May 2015
Enabling Children And Teenagers To Speak About Feelings Through Drama And Masks

Training day
10.00 - 17.30
Cost: £150
The Centre for Child Mental Health
020 7354 2913
Email CCMH

16 May 2015
A Day with Dr Bessel Van Der Kolk: 
The Body Keeps The Score. Mind, Brain, and Body in the Transformation of Trauma
10.00 - 16.30
Cost: £174
The Centre for Child Mental Health

020 7354 2913
Email CCMH

19 May 2015
Autism and mental health
Featuring Professor Tony Attwood and Dr Wenn Lawson.
Diagnosing and assessing mental health problems in children and adolescents with autism can be very difficult. This National Autistic Society’s conference will give you the tools and strategies you need to identify and provide targeted support for students with autism. More

1 June 2015
Enabling good transitions for people with autism

Making the transition from early years up to higher education can be one of the biggest changes we make in our lives. This National Autistic Society’s conference will help to develop a greater understanding of transitions and will provide various practical approaches for supporting children throughout the process. More

12 to 13 June, 19 to 20 June and 26 to 27 June 2015
The Autism Show in association with The National Autistic Society, sponsored by Hesley Group and Witherslack Group
ExCeL London, NEC Birmingham and EventCity Manchester
The Autism Show is the national event for autism, dedicated to the two million people in the UK who live and work with autism on a daily basis. Taking place in London, Birmingham and Manchester, the event connects the growing autism community with the latest information, advice, products and services on the condition. At the event visitors can hear from the UK's leading autism professionals; discover 100s of products and services; listen to adults on the spectrum talk about their experiences; learn new strategies and approaches for home and the classroom; access one to one specialist advice; and interact with inspiring and thought-provoking features.
Book tickets in advance and save 20% at:

13 June 2015
Child Counselling: Key Tools and Techniques
10.00 - 17.00
​Cost: £174​

The Centre for Child Mental Health
020 7354 2913
Email CCMH

18 June 2015
Towards a Positive Future

This is an annual conference for parents and the professionals who support them. It covers the changes in health, education and social care law which affect families with children with SEN and practical and therapeutic strategies to enable families “Towards a Positive Future”. More

22 to 24 June 2015
NAS Training – TEACCH three day training – with Professor Gary Mesibov
The primary aim of the TEACCH programme is to help to prepare people with autism to live or work more effectively at home, at school and in the community. Special emphasis is placed on helping children with autism and their families. This course is organised by the National Autistic Society. More

25 June 2015
Understanding and managing challenging behaviour

Featuring Professor Gary Mesibov.
This National Autistic Society’s conference will present the latest research and best practice in understanding and responding to behaviour that challenges us in children and adults with autism. More

2 July 2015
Engage in their future National Conference 2015

Marriott Hotel, Leeds
How's Your Mental Health?
The conference will be delivering an exciting, inspirational and practical programme of keynote speakers and workshops around the theme. For more information visit the website or email the organisers.

3 to 5 July 2015
OUPS Annual Conference: Learning Difficulties

Warwick University
Exploring current research into definition, diagnosis and causation of specific learning difficulties, including dyslexia, autism and working memory impairments. More

9 to 11 October 2015
10th Biennial Conference of the Asia Pacific Society of Speech, Language and Hearing (APSSLH)
Guangzhou, China
The theme of APCSLH 2015 is "Education, Research and Clinical Service: Within and Beyond Asia and the Pacific" and it will be focusing on the issues of training, research, and practice of the speech, language and hearing science within and beyond the Asia Pacific Rim, benefiting more people with speech, language and hearing disorders.
Email for details.

19 to 23 October 2015
TEACCH five-day course

Inspirational and intensive course combining active learning sessions with direct, supervised experience working with students with autism in a structured setting. Led by TEACCH trainers from Division TEACCH and trainers from Prior’s Court with extensive training and experience with the TEACCH approach following more than seven years working with Division TEACCH.
Price of course to be confirmed.
Prior’s Court Training and Development Centre, Newbury, Berkshire  01635 247202  More

4 to 8 April 2016
TEACCH five-day course

Inspirational and intensive course combining active learning sessions with direct, supervised experience working with students with autism in a structured setting. Led by TEACCH trainers from Division TEACCH and trainers from Prior’s Court with extensive training and experience with the TEACCH approach following more than seven years working with Division TEACCH.
Price of course to be confirmed.
Prior’s Court Training and Development Centre, Newbury, Berkshire  01635 247202  More

Douglas Silas Solicitors
The Hesley Group
NAS conferences
Prior's Court

World Autism Awareness Week
LVS Oxford
Petrol Harley
Chailey Heritage Foundation
Centre for Child mental Health
Which School for Special Needs
Shakespeare Children's Festival
The Autism Show
Seashell Trust
Now Hear Me
Nursery 2 Primary Show
BBC Something Special Magazine
Jordan Publishing
The Autism Directory