New for 2021!

With Richard Hirstwood and Carol Allen

26 February 2021 9am – 12pm

Why should I attend?

Are you new to working with learners with SLD/PMLD and/or Autism? We introduce the concept of multisensory learning and explore this concept in more detail.  ‘Starting with Sensory’ covers the role of the senses in learning and what a sensory curriculum is (and isn’t.) ‘Engaged learners are successful learners!’ shares what engagement in learning looks like and why it is important; how to identify a pupil’s barriers to learning and how to use all of this information to create personalised learning opportunities.  Our final session ‘Using iPads in Sensory Learning’ highlights how to use technology to enhance a learner’s sensory experience – adding the ‘wow’ factor to simple learning activities.


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

9.05 am Welcome & introduction to agenda and outline of Zoom routines and protocol. 

To cover:

  • Use of microphone; when to mute/unmute

  • Use of Video especially in breakout rooms
  • What happens when we breakout

  • Using chat

  • How to ask a question

  • Use of hands up/clapping symbols

9.15 am Warm-up session – Go Noodle

9.25 am Session 1:  Starting with Sensory!

  •  Principles of multisensory learning.
  •  What is meant by a sensory curriculum?
  • How do sensory activities increase engagement?
  • What does fun, appropriate and regulated sensory stimulation look like?

9.45 am Follow-up Task 

Consider a normal day/week in your classroom.  What sensory activities are offered to students individually, in small groups or as a whole class?  What is missing?  What might be improved?

10.00 am Session 2: Engaged learners are successful learners!

  • What are the stages of engagement?
  • How does understanding a learner’s sensory challenges help you identify their barriers to learning?
  • Once sensory strengths and challenges are identified, how does this information guide our practice to offer appropriate, relevant and engaging sensory learning opportunities?

10.25 am Follow-up Chat Task 

Think of one of the students in your class.  Collectively, work out a list of their sensory preferences and avoidances.  What are you unsure of?  What do you need to do to find out more?

10.40 am COFFEE BREAK and mini online learning course 

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

11.10 am Session 3:  Using iPads in sensory learning

  • Cause and effect apps
  • Projection for stimulation and fun
  • Capturing and using sound
  • Sensory Stories

11.35 am Questions and Answers 

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

11.45 am Reflective Practice

Delegates to list 3 things they will followup/action/share/ as a result of this course – can be put in chat or resource of your choice.

11.55 am Plenary

Reminder of continuing CPD activities/ future collaboration/ reflective practice/ further resources/ contact details.

12 noon 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 new to working with pupils with complex learning needs and/or autism.



Any resources shared/signposted during the session (i.e. during Zoom chat) will be emailed to delegates as a pdf after the session.



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.  This should go to  We will then create access to this course for your colleagues.  A Purchase Order Number will secure your booking and we can send you an invoice.

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: £45 plus VAT per place

(£54 including VAT)