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Useful educational resources

This page contains resources and links to websites or organisations that have been suggested as useful by professionals or parents for use to support education.  If you have a resource you would like to suggest please us the "Contact Us" form.​​


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

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)


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

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.

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

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 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.

CLDD briefing packs 

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


Above: Short film produced by Studio Tinto in partnership with the British Dyslexia Association.


There are national organisations which offers support and information about Dyslexia:

Dyslexia Action (opens a page on an external website)

The British Dyslexia Association (opens a page on an external website)

Local organisations:

The One to One Club

Adult Dyslexia Centre (Thames Valley)



Text from the Restorative Justice website:

A restorative school is one which takes a restorative approach to resolving conflict and preventing harm.

Restorative approaches enable those who have been harmed to convey the impact of the harm to those responsible, and for those responsible to acknowledge this impact and take steps to put it right.

Restorative approaches refer to a range of methods and strategies which can be used both to prevent relationship-damaging incidents from happening and to resolve them if they do happen.

Becoming a restorative school has many benefits, including increased attendance, reduced exclusions and improved achievement.

It can also alleviate problems such as bullying, classroom disruption, truancy and poor attendance, antisocial behaviour, and disputes between pupils, their families, and members of staff.


The SEND Governance Review Guide is now available to download. Commissioned by Whole School SEND and co-funded between the Department for Education (DfE) and Driver Youth Trust in partnership with governance leaders, the guide, drawing upon the six features of effective governance, sets out a framework for how to ensure that learners with SEND access high-quality provision.

Every board is responsible for holding leaders to account for the education of learners with SEND. This guide has been developed to allow boards to effectively deliver on this responsibility. The guide builds on previous work to support strategic governance by the DfE and NCTL. An effective review of SEND governance should not become a simplistic box-ticking exercise. Therefore, this guide will help support and promote discussion and reflection with regards to outcomes for learners with SEND.

The SEND Governance Review Guide is based on the SEND Review Guide framework, which has now been downloaded over 3,000 times and adopted by schools, clusters and Local Authorities nationwide. The guide is suitable for all educational settings – including mainstream and special schools, post-16 provision and Alternative Provision.

The aim of the Review Guide is to ensure that all boards are able to have a positive impact in their setting. We hope that it will help to embed a culture of inclusion, collaboration and support within education. The SEND Governance Review Guide is free to download from the website   

For more information, or to find out more about Driver Youth Trust contact