12 November 2021: 9am – 12 pm

Every learner needs sensory stimulation which, if it is personalised for them, can be incredibly engaging and effective.

But is your classroom environment responsive enough to meet a variety of sensory needs?  Does your classroom support you in implementing a sensory approach?

This course will consider the key elements of a sensory classroom and how you can improve the range of sensory learning opportunities on offer for your learners.


9.00 am Admissions and virtual tea/coffee to start the session

9.05 am Welcome & introduction – Warm-up session  

9.20 am Session 1 The key elements of a sensory classroom: light and sound – furniture & flexibility

Richard will consider the impact, both positive and negative, of getting the lighting and sound in your classroom correct.

Carol will discuss the advantages of flexible furniture arrangements and how this can influence communication, teaching and learning.

9.55 am Follow-up: Chat/Breakout Task  

10.10 am Session 2: The key elements of a sensory classroom: Powerful Displays. 

This session will look at a variety of display ideas and consider their impact on teaching and learning.  This may include: interactive displays, projected displays, tactile displays, personal displays and information carrying displays.

10.30 am COFFEE BREAK and mini online learning course 

11.00 am Discussion of key points from online learning course 
11.10 am Session 3: Available Appropriate and Accessible
Introducing the ‘AAA’ principles of a multi sensory room: availability, appropriateness and achievability! Your multi sensory tools and equipment need to be available when you need them – and to work first time.  How can your multi sensory room suit all of the learning needs of the learners who use it?

11.35 am Session 4: Quick fire: ideas ideas ideas!

Richard and Carol will co-present this lively session where lots of ideas, resources and links are quickly presented to the group. As always, the focus will be practical and easy to replicate ideas so that you can put new things into your own work situation with relative ease.

11.50 am Q & A session 

Delegates to put questions in chat so that any unanswered live can be followed up after the session.

12pm Plenary, 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 complex learning needs and/or 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.



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.

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: £50 plus VAT per place

(£60 including VAT)