COVID19 educational resources & links

This page was updated during Lockdown 2020 as people sought to educate their children at home in the UK.

You are welcome to link to this page from your website to help more people find the resources.

Listed here you will find:
  • Resources aimed at people with additional learning needs, loosely grouped according to themes and hopefully free to access.
  • Resources aimed at helping people understand the changes COVID has brought about.
  • Debby Watson's Passport to Play for children with profound disabilities.
  • Requested links from organisations who feel they have something to offer you (some of these maybe paid for services).
  • Resources aimed at children without additional learning needs.
Curating this list has been a joy, when the world went into Lockdown the kindness of the people and organisations listed here leapt into view.

The Sensory Projects Online College offers courses for people supporting people with complex disabilities.  The Sensory Projects also has free and purchasable resources, which you can find using the tabs above.

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Passport to Play: A research project on playfulness and people with profound disabilities

Debby Watson's Passport to Play is a wonderful resource developed for use with children with profound disabilities, but of course it is not just children who play so the passport has something to offer people of all ages. You will find it as a download at the bottom of this page, together with a simple observation tool Debby developed to go with the passport. 

Debby says:

I developed the Passport to Play during the course of carrying out research for my PhD on playfulness and profoundly disabled children. Families, teachers, academics and other professionals have contributed towards the content and I hope that it will be used to inform people who are getting to know a profoundly disabled child or adult about the way in which they can be playful. It may be useful, for example, in play schemes where people who are supporting a child with profound needs may not have known the child for very long, or staff in short break services may use it to engage with children playfully. Do contact me if you have any comments or questions about the Passport at

As well as the Passport, I developed an observation tool for looking closely at what makes someone with PMLD feel playful. I think observation is key in really understanding what is going on when trying to engage someone.

The Passport to Play project finished in 2014 but I have continued to write and present on the subject. Publications resulting from the research are:

D. Watson (2020) Crossing the wobbly bridge: an inclusive approach to researching playfulness and children with PMLD in Belonging for individuals with Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties: Pushing the boundaries of inclusion Nind, M. and Strnadova, I. (eds) London: Routledge

D Watson, A Jones, H Potter (2018) Expressive Eyebrows and Beautiful Bubbles: Playfulness and Children with Profound Impairments

The Palgrave Handbook of Disabled Children’s Childhood Studies, pp177-190 Edited by K. Runswick-Cole, T. Curran and K. Liddiard. Palgrave: London

D. Watson (2015) 'Go-getters' and 'clever little cookies': a multi-method study of playfulness in children with profound and multiple learning disabilities (PMLD) Thesis: University of Bristol

D Watson (2015) Turning to playfulness: findings from a study on playfulness and children with profound impairments The SLD Experience 73 (1), 18-23

D Watson, M Corke (2015) Supporting playfulness in learners with SLD/PMLD

The Routledge Companion to Severe, Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties edited by Penny Lacey, Rob Ashdown, Phyllis Jones, Hazel Lawson, Michele Pipe. London: Routledge

Watson, D. (2015) Playfulness and children with profound impairments: Lighting the fire! Special July 2015

Watson, D. (2015) ‘Go-getters’ and ‘clever little cookies’: findings from a multi-method study on playfulness and children with PMLD PMLD Link Vol 26 Issue 79 pp 7-9

Watson, D. (2013) Playfulness and children with PMLD: Going beyond the statutory to reach the child PMLD Link 25 (2) Issue 75 pp. 8-9

Inclusive resources

Government list of free educational resources, including a set for special school students.

Live Activities

Literacy Linked Activities

To purchase class packs (or group packs) of sensory stories from The Sensory Projects 
at reduced prices click here.

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Communication Resources and Activities

Social and Physical Activities

Numeracy Linked Activities

Humanities, Science and Technology Linked Activities 

Mixed Resource Packs from or for Special Schools

Positive Eye Ideas Machine:  Youtube Services Facebook


Also likely to be of interest:

PMLD link is a journal that shares ideas and information relating to supporting people with profound and multiple learning disabilities, subscription for a year is cheap and gives you access to ALL back issues - lots of ideas and insights within.

These Facebook groups are also very relevant to those supporting people with profound disabilities: 

More content will be shared via social media and I am always happy to make new friends interested in learning and inclusion:   LinkedIn LinkedIn      Twitter Twitter     Facebook Facebook 

COVID19 specific resources

More content will be shared via social media and I am always happy to make new friends interested in learning and inclusion:   LinkedIn LinkedIn      Twitter Twitter     Facebook Facebook 

Requested Links

The Sensory Projects are featured in Twinkl’s Friendship blog, which aims to give tips towards improving relationship-building across children with SEND. Feel free to look at the other inclusive resources available on their site.

Mainstream and mixed resources

List of online organisations offering free subscription to their services 

Ruby Tuesday Books
We’re offering a downloadable copy of one of our KS1 maths activity books. Here’s our social media links + the direct link to the book/offer:
We have loads of KS1 science worksheets and resources available here
And KS2 science worksheets and resources here

Read Write Inc live streamed phonics sessions on Facebook and YouTube for children
Set 1 Speed Sounds at 9.30 am and again at 12.30 pm
Set 2 Speed Sounds at 10.00 am and again at 1.00 pm
Set 3 Speed Sounds at 10.30 am and again at 1.30 pm

Twinkl resources  Free month access to all resources here

30 day free trial of a handwriting app (be sure to cancel if you do not want to subscribe).

Worldbooks Free access to thousands of ebooks and audio books for children 

Challenge cards - Maths and SPAG 


Or for when school is done for the day:

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