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SEND Learning and Resources Library

Condition and Topic Specific Learning Resources


In this section we will list resources by condition/topic in alphabetical order.


Contact a Family has an A-Z guide to over 400 conditions on their website.

Accessibility- Apps/tech ideas for use in SEND education

A link to a blog which reviews 5 apps or pieces of technology that could improve access in the classroom. 


ADHD Richmond and Kingston have an information section containing resources for teaching staff on their website.

Visit the ADHD Richmond and Kingston website



Sponsored by the Department for Education, the Autism Education Trust (AET) help ensure that autistic children and young people receive an education that enables them to fulfil their aspirations and engage in society as active citizens. On their website they have a chargeable training offer for Early Years, Schools and Post 16 delivers through training hubs.  However the website also contains free downloadable resources

Visit the AET website

Statement from Achieving for Children on PDA:

AfC follow the guidelines in the DSM-V or ICD-10 manuals of diagnostic criteria currently used in the UK. These guidelines do not recognise PDA as a condition and therefore diagnostic services such as CAMHS would not make a separate diagnosis of PDA and do not fund independent assessments. However we recognise that some parents and carers may have an interest in understanding more about this subject. We have therefore included information on PDA on this website to meet this need but for reference only.​

Positive PDA - Simple strategies for supporting children with Pathological Demand Avoidance at school- download a pdf booklet 

There are organisations that offer information about PDA in the Local Offer Directory on this website - just search for PDA or Pathological Demand Avoidance.

Girls and Autism: Flying Under the Radar A quick guide to supporting girls with autism spectrum conditions - download a pdf booklet

National Autistic Society (NAS) My world resources

Teacher or education professionals can sign up to the NAS MyWorld campaign to get free information and resources straight to your inbox every fortnight. The campaign is designed to help teachers and other education professionals support pupils on the autism spectrum in schools, by providing access to the best free resources and information.

Sign up to My World


Colour Blind Awareness

Colour Blind Awareness is a Community Interest Company, formed for non-profit making purposes, to raise awareness of the needs of the colour blind in the community. All profits from the company will be used to provide free colour vision testing in schools and provide educational supplies suitable for colour blind students.


The Diana Award's Anti-Bullying Campaign involves a number of different projects aimed at reducing bullying in schools. The website contains useful advice for schools, parents and young people. It also contains links to other anti bullying resources including some specific for children and young people with special educational needs or disability.

Family Lives


The Antibullying Alliance website also contains resources and training for school, both general and relating to disability on a range of subjects including cyberbullying.

Complex learning difficulties and disabilities (CLDD)

The Department for Education identified through feedback from schools that educators needed a new teaching and learning framework to meet the needs of children and young people with Complex Learning Difficulties and Disabilities (CLDD). SSAT was commissioned to develop resources to support schools in educating these children. These briefing packs provide initial information about conditions which often overlap with others to form the complex make up of children with complex learning difficulties and disabilities (CLDD). There are ten packs on different topics/conditions that can be downloaded , each of which includes:

  • (a) Briefing sheet: This sheet provides initial information about these conditions for those who want a brief introduction (eg teachers and higher level teaching assistants). It provides references to some key texts about the condition.
  • (b) Classroom support sheet: This sheet provides ‘must have’ basic information about the condition for staff newly arrived in the classroom and needing to work immediately with a young person who has that condition.
  • (c) Information sheet: For those who would like to follow up the topic in greater depth, this sheet provides more information with further references.

Visit the SSAT website

Developmental Language Disorder


RADLD.ORG was created to Raise Awareness of Developmental Language Disorder or ‘DLD’. (Previously RALLI campaign). Here you will find resources that explain what DLD is, the impact it can have, how to get help and how to raise awareness. 

Search #DevLangDis #DLDABC on social media for links to lots more conversations and resources.

Down's Syndrome

The Down's Syndrome Association have created a Relationships and Sex Education training package specifically designed for the learning strengths and challenges of people with Down’s syndrome.

The training will be facilitated by those who purchase the resource, such as a care provider, a local authority, support group or a parent or carer, who will use the resource to deliver eight sessions covering all aspects of Relationships and Sex.

The resource is suitable for adults aged 18 and over.

The training resource is made up of 8 different sessions covering:

  • Rights
  • Consent
  • Privacy and boundaries
  • Sexual acts
  • Sexuality, gender and safe sex
  • Relationships
  • Online safety and self esteem
  • Recap session

About Down's Syndrome : Let’s Talk about Relationships and Sex training resource

Dyslexia/Literacy and Dyscalculia

The Driver Youth Trust is a national charity dedicated to improving the life chances of children and young people, with a focus on those with literacy difficulties and who may have SEND, particularly children with dyslexia. 

The British Dyslexia Association has a dedicated section on their website for educators. They offer webinars and masterclasses on a range of aspects and also hints and tips for education settings from pre- school to further and higher education. 

Visit Driver Youth Trust website

Visit the British Dyslexia Association website

Recommended reading:

Dyscalculia information

Richmond Dyslexia Association 

Richmond Dyslexia Association (opens a page on this website)

Richmond Dyslexia Association have prepared a presentation which provides tips for supporting dyslexic children at home:

View the presentation (opens a pdf)​

Achieve Now contains free resources for families and schools about supporting Dyslexia

Early Years

SEND in the Early Years is a Facebook page with lots of Early Years specific resources and links

Medical Needs

Nasen (National Association of Special Educational Needs) published the following resource:

Children with medical needs: What schools and settings need to know (links to Nasen website)

Mental Health and Wellbeing/Trauma/Attachment

Non statutory advice from the Department for Education was issued in November 2018.

Mental health and behaviour in schools 

About this departmental advice This is non-statutory, departmental advice from the Department for Education (DfE). Mental health problems affect many people, and most schools will have pupils who need mental health support. This advice aims to help schools to support pupils whose mental health problems manifest themselves in behaviour. Schools have an important role to play in supporting the mental health and wellbeing of children by developing whole school approaches tailored to their particular needs, as well as considering the needs of individual pupils. 

Other resources

The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families is a children’s mental health charity with over 60 years’ experience of caring for young minds. Schools in Mind is a free network for school staff and allied professionals which shares practical, academic and clinical expertise regarding the wellbeing and mental health issues that affect schools. 

Visit the website 

Recommended reading:

Supporting Staff Wellbeing in Schools

Talking Mental Health: Animation & Teacher Toolkit

Schools in Mind

Engaging With All Parents and Carers Booklet

Mentally Healthy Schools  brings together quality-assured information, advice and resources to help primary schools understand and promote children’s mental health and wellbeing. The aim is to increase staff awareness, knowledge and confidence to help staff support pupils.

Recommended Reading: 

Teaching Resources

nasen and routledge books  

Recommended reading:

Spotlight on Social and Emotional Wellbeing: A Routledge and nasen FreeBook has been written to help teachers, teaching assistants, special educational needs coordinators, and other educational professionals better support children with their social and emotional wellbeing in schools.

Time to change is a growing social movement.  They want to change attitudes towards people with mental health problems. Amongst their resources they offer support to schools to deliver assemblies, lessons and other activity to their students. 

Time to change website

InnerWorld Work is a website which contains free online resources to help schools, professionals and parent/carers support children who have experienced trauma.

Beacon House is a provider of Therapeutic Services and training with a special interest in repairing the effects of trauma and attachment disruption. Their website contains useful resources and blogs.

Beacon House website


Physical Disability/Cerebral Palsy

Scope is the disability equality charity.  On their website they have various resources that education, medical and social care professionals will find useful.

Information covers a range of impairments, including:

  • Cerebral palsy
  • Autism
  • Communication difficulties
  • Hearing impairment
  • Learning difficulties
  • Visual impairment

Early years professionals
Resources for early years settings

Primary school teachers and staff
Key Stages 1 and 2 teaching resources

Secondary school teachers and staff
Key Stages 3 and 4 teaching resources for secondary schools and colleges

Health and social care staff
Medical resources on a range of impairments 

Pdnet is the national network for all those supporting learners with physical disability.  In April 2017 pdnet was awarded the DfE contract ‘Support for Children and Young People with Physical Disabilities’ which aims improve the knowledge, skills and the capacity of the physical disability workforce across all phases of education.  Over the past 18 months pdnet have worked with the sector to develop phase-specific online training modules and Standards, all of which are now available to access FREE of charge online at

Pdnet Standards

The pdnet Standards provide a practical structure for schools and settings to self-evaluate current provision, and reflect on the effectiveness of their organisation in meeting the diverse needs of children and young people with physical disability.

‘Raising Awareness of Physical Disability’ Online Training

These training modules are designed for anyone working within an educational setting who needs to develop their awareness and understanding of physical disability and the impact it can have on learning.  Each module is approximately 1 hour in length and uses custom graphics and scenario based learning to help users to understand the barriers or challenges that can be faced by children and young people with physical disability and the steps that can be taken to overcome these.

Effective Practice Hub

The Effective Practice Hub holds a wealth of useful resources to help support children and young people with physical disability. Free to access online, resources available include; information and advice leaflets, case studies, risk assessment examples and ‘top tips’.  All resources have been written by professionals from across the physical disability sector and then quality assured by the pdnet Editorial Board.

Physical Education (PE) and Inclusive Sport

Here are some useful links to resources and websites to provide ideas about making sports and sports days inclusive. 

Inclusive sports day ideas:

​Links to useful websites


Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities (PMLD)

PMLD Link is a website with information, via a journal, for everyone supporting people with profound and multiple learning disabilities. The website contains advice for commissioners, education, health and social care professionals as well as families. 

Visit the PMLD Link website

Speech, language and communication

The Communication Trust is a coalition of over 50 not-for-profit organisations. They support everyone who works with children and young people in England to support their speech, language and communication. The Communication Trust offers a range of options to support your continuing professional development (CPD) in speech, language and communication, many of which are free.

The Communication Trust website

Sign up to The Communication Trust newsletter

Recommended reading:

What Works? for education settings - What Works is the biggest database for speech, language and communication interventions. Practitioners from education settings can use the database to make their approach to speech, language and communication evidence informed.

Initial Teacher Training Resources - Less than half the workforce in primary and secondary schools have had any initial training in speech, language and communication (1).

These resources, produced in partnership with the Institute of Education (IoE) at University College London, support Initial Teacher Education providers and trainee teachers to embed speech, language and communication into training.


We have gathered useful resources for schools under the Inclusion and Exclusion section of this website.

Inclusive sports in schools


Stroke Association Childhood Stroke Support Service

The Stroke Association offers a Childhood Stroke Support Service – providing information, advice, support and networking events to families affected by stroke in childhood.

The service is UK wide and freely accessible, and information about it can be found at:

The service offers a range of freely downloadable resources, including a childhood stroke guidehandbook, and toolkit for teachers

We have a range of awareness raising posters, including how to Spot the signs of stroke in a child – relevant to all professionals working with children and young people.