The ASEND Resource Library

A growing bank of resources for learners with special educational needs and disabilities.

Disclaimer: Whilst every effort has been taken to check with the creators of our shared materials that they are happy to contribute to the resource library, please can you let us know immediately if there are any issues or concerns with any items and we will remove them immediately.

Who can I talk to in a crisis?

CEOPS (Child Exploitation and Online Protection) The place to report any concerns about online sexual abuse and grooming.

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Childline is a counselling service for children and young people, offering information, advice and support to anyone up to their 19th birthday. Topics children can speak about confidentially include bullying, abuse, safety and the law.

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Winston’s Wish provides specialist child bereavement support services across the UK, supporting grieving children and their families. This includes in-depth therapeutic support in individual, group and residential settings, as well as a Freephone National Helpline.

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Cruse offers telephone, email and website support for all bereaved people of any age. There is a Freephone national helpline and local services, and a website (hopeagain.org.uk) specifically for children and young people.

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Kooth is an online mental wellbeing community offering free, safe and anonymous online support for young people struggling with anxiety and other mental health issues.

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PAPYRUS is the UK Charity for the prevention of young suicide. We provide confidential support and advice to young people struggling with thoughts of suicide, and anyone worried about a young person through our helpline, HOPELINEUK.

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Samaritans provide emotional support to anyone of any age in emotional distress, struggling to cope, or at risk of suicide. 24-hour helpline, 365 days a year.

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Young people told us that when they are struggling they are usually told to see a professional. They don’t often get much advice about how they could help themselves.

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Learning Resources

Coronavirus Resources

Resources to help explain and clarify the current issues around the Covid-19 epidemic and the consequent changes to the lives of pupils and their families, in ways appropriate to different ages and needs.

Clear advice from the Mental Health Foundation about ways to help young people manage their feelings about returning to school after lockdown. The site also has links to lots of other helpful, free resources for parents including the option to download Axel Scheffler’s free children’s book on coronavirus and a multitude of articles for older children and teens from Young Scot.

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SEND

A growing range of SEND-specific resources. designed to support understanding of different areas including Dyslexia, Assistive Technology, Language and Communication needs.

Wellbeing & Mental Health

Resources to support the ‘Emotions’, ‘Support & Mindfulness’ and ‘Behaviour & Anger Management’. Resources are selected to help you support children with their anxiety, anger or other emotional regulation difficulties.

Autism & Social Stories

A growing library of activities, timetables and social stories to support learners on the Autistic spectrum with their home learning and with managing anxiety at this particularly challenging time.

Guide To Making A Digital Story

This resource from the University of Southampton gives a step-by-step guide to making a digital story, with several beautiful examples from pupils at the Aviary Nursery. There is guidance about transition to school and links to Southampton’s publications and scholarly research.

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Dr Mary Stanley-Duke
How to support your child in asking for help

Creative Arts & Crafts

Fun for all the family. Resources that encourage children to design, make and create whilst developing core skills and dexterity.

English

Age differentiated materials that focus on the development of effective communication and writing skills. ‘What can you see?’ tasks are particularly beneficial for younger children. Older teens can be supported with their understanding of commonly covered GCSE text types, including poetry.

Maths

Age differentiated materials from pre-curriculum to GCSE +. Colourful, visual resources support the acquisition of core skills.

Project Based Learning & Home Work

Fun tasks to develop sustained interest and promote independence. Projects can include the whole family, such as working together to prepare a special meal or growing seeds with siblings!

Science

Age differentiated materials to promote an interest in the natural world. Lots of practical ideas and fun experiments that can be carried out at home.

Sports & Exercise

Activities to keep children fit and active during the period of home learning and beyond. As well as the development of key physical skills, there are plenty of ideas for fun activities and games.

Sensory & Kinesthetic

Some beautiful tasks to develop confidence with different flavours and textures. This library contains activities for learners of all ages to promote sensory integration.

Recommended Platforms

Video tuition / Screen Sharing / White Board
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Zoom
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Google Duo
Text editing / Presentations / Excel
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Google Docs
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Open Office
Large File Transfer
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Google Drive
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We Transfer

Resources for Online Tuition

On this site you will find lots to support you: clarification on expectations around remote education, advice on key issues you may be concerned about and some fun and educational activities to do with your children.

Learning Remotely
Advice
Resources

The University of Edinburgh’s one-stop shop for all things SEND.  Whether you are looking for free symbol software, assistive technology apps, or more general support for students with SEND and their families you can find it all on this 5-star website.

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ASEND - Discovery Education logo

An excellent mixture of paper based and interactive learning resources for children of all ages. Sensibly categorised into age and topic with the option to read questions aloud to support learners with their understanding. Nice audio, with ‘cheers’ accompanying correct answers.

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ASEND - Streaks logo

Direct web page link to three resources – Discovery Education (as above), IDL and Teachit. Lots of resources are available for free but there are additional extras that can be purchased such as online CPD. A huge range of resources are available for free on Teachit until the end of April 2020.

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ASEND - Twinkl logo

Daily live teaching every day offering a full curriculum for primary aged learners. There are occasional technical problems as they are setting up the live tuition, but generally excellent. Also, bundles of free printables and activities.

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Direct link to frequently used tutor resources to develop an understanding of rhyme and techniques commonly used in poetry.

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Direct link to a range of resources to support SEN, SEMH difficulties and a range of learning needs. For learners with ASD, there are 157 social stories.

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Direct link to frequently used tutor resources for the development of handwriting and fine motor skills.

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ASEND - E-learning for kids logo

Lots of lovely animated lessons comprising of brief videos. Works well for learners with a short attention span. Option to print off certificates as subtopics are completed.

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ASEND - Scouts logo

Information about what Scouts, Beavers and other community groups do. Could be useful as a source of research.100 things that young people can do from home.

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More activities to keep your children happy

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Outstanding – Links to a vast array of different activities and sources gathered from all across the internet. There is a beautiful collection of short stories, read by different narrators for primary and early years learners.

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PE aerobics workout for kids (good fun). (US)

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Relaxing Yoga Class for Primary children (US)

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Daily 30-minute PE with Joe. Fun for the whole family.

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ASEND - Linked In logo

Language and communication resources and advice for parents and teachers who may be supporting a pupil with a communication need. Lots of helpful videos and ideas for parents. Option to complete a free British Sign Language (BSL) course and to watch stories signed in BSL.

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ASEND - Top Marks logo

A fabulous resource for tutors working with higher functioning/ mainstream learners

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ASEND - Scratch logo

You can use this resource to create stories and animations with learners. User friendly and fun.

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ASEND - Purple Mash logo

A frequently used resource in the primary classroom. Login for a 14 day trial.

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ASEND - BBC Bitesize logo

A great resource for all Key Stages. Lots of interactive learning, quizzes and activities. Great for revision.

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ASEND - IXL logo

Directly track a pupil’s progress against the National Curricula of England, Wales, Scotland or N. Ireland. Short, accessible activities in core curriculum areas. Good if you want to see where a pupil is in regard to age related expectations.

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ASEND - IXL logo

English resources for Reception level to Year 13. Clearly ordered to ensure progression.

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Link to Maths and English resources with the option of purchasing an auditing tool through IXL.

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ASEND - Code Today logo

One free demo session in coding available via this link with the option of purchasing tuition thereafter.

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