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Resources for SENCOs, teachers and professionals

This area of the website is for SENCOs, teachers and other professionals who would like access to current information, guidance and resources.

If you have any questions about resources for SENCOs, teachers and professionals contact the specialist advisory team by email at or by phone on 01472 323183.

SMART targets are targets that are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time bound whilst also being personal to the child. They should be set as small steps towards the child or young person meeting their long term outcomes and be used as part of a graduated approach to supporting children and young people in co-production with parents and the child or young person.

NELC SEND Local Offer | SMART Targets – A how to guide to writing SMART Targets for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (

Speech and Language websites

  • Literacy Trust
  • Leeds Community Healthcare (CSLT tool kit)
  • Black Sheep Press (Narrative Therapy etc.)
  • Communications Trust – Free ‘Universally Speaking’ resource booklets; free online training and other resources
  • Talking Point – You can do a simple assessment of a pupil you have concerns about (including KS3 pupils) which leads to further questioning and some general strategies.
  • I Can Charity – Lots of information and resources available for purchase.
  • Speech Teach – Free speech therapy games
  • Children’s Therapy Service – Click on children’s therapy services and then ‘First call’ – each area has a selection of tabs you can choose from depending on the need.
  • Makaton
  • Chatter Pack – FREE Speech and language, OT, and many other SEND resources for families
  • Speech Works – Free Language and Speech Resources for Parents
  • Children’s Speech Therapy NI – Private Speech and Language Therapist Northern Ireland (Tips for parents)
  • Speech blog UK – Top 10 websites for speech and language therapy
  • Speech Therapy Resources – Speech and Language Therapy Ideas and Downloads for parents and teachers
  • Speech And Language Kids – Free Speech and Language Resources
  • POPAT – Information about the approach to teaching phonological awareness ‘POPAT is a new approach to phonics teaching with which pupils of all ages and abilities learn to speak clearly, read, write and spell’

Selective mutism

Communication and Interaction (Autism)

Websites for parents and staff

ICT GamesLiteracy, Maths & topic. Printable resources available  Free
Teach Your Monster To Read  Reading games- phonics/reading sentences Available as an app (£4.99)Free
Phonics PlayFollows Letters & Sounds Phases 1- 6 Section for parents Printable resourcesSome free resources on the home page, otherwise £6 subscription for single use and £60 for schools
Phonics Bloom  KS1 & 2 Phonics games for Phases 1 -6Free
Letters and Sounds    Resources and games for  Phases 1 – 6.Free
BBC shows  For younger children (FS/KS1) Puzzles and quizzesFree
Doorway Online  Literacy, numeracy, time/ money, typing skills, memory & matchingFree
Oxford Owl  Teaching resources & activities/games for home Free e- books  Free
Top Marks  All areas of the curriculum KS1 – 3Free
Primary Homework Help  Interactive games for Maths & English. Information/support for other areas. Good for parentsFree
Crick WebKS 1 & 2 Maths gamesFree
Fun 2 ThinkOn line games and activities for EAL pupilsFree
A Maths Dictionary For KidsInteractive dictionary which shows definitions of words and phrases. Also printable resourcesFree
Eye Can LearnInteractive The purpose of this website is to provide parents with fun eye exercises to enhance their children’s visual processing skills for better school performance and improved attention.Free
Twinkl  Resources for schools under different subjects 
Mr MC Making Memories  KS1 literacy and numeracy resourcesFree
Epic PhonicsTeaching ideas, resources, video tools and phonics gamesFree
Teaching IdeasTeaching Ideas – lots of multi-sensory activities/lesson ideas  to download Fairy tales PackFree
Pobble 365Photographs to generate vocabulary,  inspire  writing & speaking and listening activities.Free
Primary Resources  Resources/worksheets made by teachersFree
BBC Bitesize  Learn & revise/short clipsFree
UK MathleticsSupports maths learning at home FS2 –KS5£59 year home Cost for schools
UK SpellodromeSpelling resource/programmeCosts
Learn TimestablesTimes Table praticeFree
Nessy‘Nessy Reading  and Spelling’- Good for pupils with learning difficulties or dyslexia Ages 6 -11

‘Nessy Writing Beach’- Sentence structure, grammar & punctuation Ages 7 -14

‘Nessy Numbers’- Develops number sense, teaches strategies for times tables and understanding time. Ages 6 -11

‘Nessy Fingers’- Motivating touch typing programme Ages 7-12
£8 month / £15 to £30 year
Every SchoolInteractive teaching resources KS1 and KS2Free
Maths Rock XLearn times tables by singing to pop songs99p per Table
Times TablesTimes tables gamesFree
TT RockstarsDaily times table practice£6 year at home
Family LearningFree on-line gamesFree
UK IXLComprehensive personalised curriculum£7.99 month  for home. Costs to school
Primary Leap1000s of worksheets- reading comprehension, spelling etcDownload Up to 3 Worksheets for free a day
TESTeaching resourcesRegister for free
SEN TeacherFree printablesFree
Activity VillageMemory gamesFree
Ice Breaker IdeasMemory gamesFree
Discovery EducationEnglish, Maths & Science activities for KS1 & KS2Free
Classroom SecretsTeaching resources and home learning resourcesFree
The National AcademyFree lessons and resourcesFree

Websites for learning and cognition

SEMH Graduated Response

All children and young people are entitled to an education that is appropriate to their needs, promotes high standards and the fulfilment of potential. This should enable them to:

  • achieve their best
  • become confident individuals living fulfilling lives, and
  • make a successful transition into adulthood, whether into employment, further or higher education or training (Code of Practice 6.1)

This toolkit was designed to support schools and settings by providing a systematic approach when supporting Children and Young People, who are experiencing emerging or sustained SEMH difficulties.

This is not an exhaustive document, but it does provide a range of supportive actions, strategies and resources to meet need and support the Assess, Plan, Do, Review process in schools.

The document provides information on:

  • The Assess/Plan/Do/Review steps of the Graduated Response – both from whole school/setting perspective and an individual child/young person perspective.
  • Guidance to schools and settings about effectively evidencing the operation of the Graduated Response.
  • A range of High Quality Teaching, targeted and specialist interventions that schools and settings can use to support a child or young person.
  • Details of and information about partner agencies intended to provide a directory of support available from the Local Area as described in the SEND Local Offer.

Download the SEMH Graduated Response toolkit (Word, 671KB)

The documents below relate to the content in the SEMH Graduated Response Toolkit:

Social, Emotional and Mental Health Positive Outcomes (SPOT) Toolkit 5 to 16 Year

Download and print the SEMH SPOT toolkit (Word, 682 KB)

In this toolkit you will find:

  1. Overview
  2. SPOT Contents
  3. Instructions for SEMH Profile
  4. SEMH Profile
  5. Resource Links
  6. Cycle 1 Strategies
  7. Cycle 2 Strategies
  8. Cycle 3 Strategies
  9. Emotional Aspects Targeted Strategies
  10. Social Awareness and Relationships Targeted Strategies
  11. Independence and Resilience Targeted Strategies
  12. Behaviour for Learning Targeted Strategies
  13. Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategies
  14. Action Plan
  15. Social, Emotional and Play Developmental Milestones
  16. Team Building Activities
  17. Cooperation Activities
  18. Problem Solving Activities
  19. Spatial Awareness Activities
  20. Mindfulness and Relaxation Activities
  21. Circle Time Activities
  22. Information for National Support
  23. Useful Websites

Mental Health and Wellbeing including Whole School Approach

Body Image

Wellbeing and the curriculum


Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

General SEMH

Trauma Informed and Attachment

Loss and Bereavement

Good autism practice, transition toolkit, post-16 competency framework, making home education accessible and more.

Resources to Support Autistic Children and Young People (

Special educational needs and disability (SEND) and high needs – GOV.UK (

Support and funding, SEND code of practice, extra SEND help, P scales for attainment targets, free school transport.

Five recommendations on special education needs in mainstream schools.

Special Educational Needs in Mainstream Schools | EEF (

Join SENCo forums, training and other events. NELC SEND Local Offer | Events and training (

Are you a new SENCo? Find out more information about your role and how to offer the best support. NELC SEND Local Offer | New SENCo’s (

Notify us about a change in SENCo at your school (