Learn how to structure your teaching approach and classroom to create ‘readiness to learn!’

With Richard Hirstwood and Chris Barson

3 February 2022: 9 am – 12 pm


24 June 2022: 9 am – 12 pm


This practical course breaks down the topic of creating readiness to learn for pupils with autism into three main sections.  These are sensory differences and their impact on learning; physical environments to support learners with autism and finding and using appropriate resources to engage learners more deeply in their learning.  The focus is firmly on how to individualise creating readiness to learn strategies for each pupil and embed these in classroom practice.


9 am Admissions and virtual tea/coffee to start the session!

9.05 am Welcome & introduction to agenda.  Let’s start with a warm up…

9.15 am Session 1: What impact do sensory differences in autism have on readiness to learn?

In this session you will:

  • understand why learners with autism experience sensory differences
  • understand how these sensory differences affect how your learners experience your learning environment
  • discover how to identify these sensory differences for individual pupils and what a calm low disruption environment means for them and your teaching potential
  • identify the observation skills to create an effective sensory profiling system to consistently provide the best learning environment for each pupil

9.45 pm Follow-up Task:  Using an effective sensory profiling system for consistent support

10 am Session 2:  Available, accessible, appropriate – creating individualised safe sensory spaces

In this session you will:

  • explore a set of tools to establish consistent prompts and routines to cue pupil’s into time to learn
  • strategies to empower your classroom team to respond quickly and decisively to recapture waning attention; to transition from one activity another or to re-establish a low arousal environment 
  • ideas on how to create a useful sensory regulation space and strategies to support pupils awareness of when and how they can use it

10.30 am Follow-up Task:  Small changes = big impact: using an audit to help recognise and identify sensory obstacles to learning in your classroom

10.45 am COFFEE BREAK and mini online learning course

11.10 am Discussion of key points from online learning course/ or environmental audit task

11.15 am Session 3: Resources to create readiness to learn – practical resources for maximum impact.

In this session you will discover:

  • how to gather a unique set of pupil specific resources designed to get a pupil primed for learning, to successfully and quickly engage in a learning task and to maintain concentration
  • strategies for calming and developing self-regulation skills

11.50 am Plenary and Q and A

12 pm Thank you and end of session

Who should attend?

This will be appropriate for classroom practitioners from special schools and colleges, mainstream settings with specialist SEN provision and early years settings, who are working with pupils with Autism.



The following resources will be available in your account for one week after the course date: a digital recording of this event, any resources shared/signposted during the session and a transcript of Zoom chat.



Each place costs £60 plus VAT (£72 in total.)



If you wish to make a group booking for this course – we can do this quickly and easily for you! Please email a spreadsheet with the first name/surname/email addresses of the delegates you wish to book for. Email to lois@hirstwood.com. We will then create access to this course for your colleagues. A Purchase Order Number will secure your booking.



‘It has been one of the best courses I have attended recently! Loved the enthusiasm’

‘It was very informative and has given me lots of further avenues to explore.’

‘The trainers are able to engage the listeners in an amusing way. Questions were answered promptly and links or resources are shared immediately.’

‘Practical ideas and a renewed understanding of sensory differences’

‘Learning about creating the learning environment and expanding use of sensory resources’

Important information before you book


The ‘Book now!’ button will take you to a new page where you can book and pay for this course.  Please note: if you are booking for someone else, please create the account using their name and email address.  You will still be able to pay by credit card (even it has a different name/school name on it.)

Cost: £60 plus VAT per place

(£72 including VAT)