Online Learning

We offer specialist online
training and support to develop
sensory approaches to learning
and sensory environments for
all learners with SEND.

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Bespoke Training

Consultancy & INSET

Let us inspire your staff to be super
motivated, feel rejuvenated and more

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Find our live interactive
events and conferences available
from January 2021

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The Sensory Festival 3 - ONLINE


It's back! All new content!
February 2021

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Join over 4000 subscribers who've viewed
our videos 2.8 million times on our
YouTube channel!

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Breaking down barriers to learning

Our online INSET in the first week of 2021 attracted hundreds of attendees from all over the world. For our latest online training, more than 14,000 online accounts have been created and we have had more than 57,000 enrolments over the last 9 months and it’s still growing. That means that everyone who has enrolled has probably completed more than one of our courses! Over 2000 people have attended our live sensory festivals with Zoom sessions sometimes exceeding 400 delegates. In 2020 we worked with schools, Portage services and adult services all over the UK, we have carried out bespoke Zoom training for services in the Middle East, schools in Northern Ireland and supported schools in Australia and even designed a TV featured sensory garden in New Zealand.


Since the late 1980’s Richard Hirstwood with dynamic and enthusiastic teams has been on a mission to share the very best sensory approaches. Since March 2020 we have and continue to work to create online resources for special education in any setting. We create online, static and live training to suit your needs, from fun subjects like the basics of sensory approaches, understanding sensory loss, right through to challenging behaviour and when we can, we will be visiting schools and centres again in the UK, Australia and of course New Zealand.


Our training is specifically for practitioners working with learners with complex needs, autism or SEND because that’s what we love!


We are not a big company and we don’t work in a big field, which means we can focus on you!
What can we do for you?


Self-guided online learning courses

Virtual live and online events

The Sensory Festival

Bespoke INSET, consultancy and coaching sessions

Hirstwood Training are always here to answer questions for you, let’s have a chat!

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