Free Resources

They say the best things in life are free and, when it comes to these handy resources, we're inclined to agree. We've got all sorts of exciting and useful things on here, from equipment checklists created by experts to nice worksheets that will save you time.

No one knows what teachers need better than teachers so if you've got any ideas for resources we could put on this page please let us know.


Special Direct Top Tips

  • For children who find it hard to not to press hard on the paper when writing - try using carbon paper under a few sheets of their work. They can can then see if they are pressing too hard. The name of the game is not for the letters to show through.
  • When practicing ball skills start with big balls and objects that move slowly such as beach balls or balloons. Don't over inflate as this will help to slow them down when travelling through space and therefore allow the children to react in time.

"Special Thanks" to Sharon for these fab tips. Sharon Drew is an Independent Occupational Therapist by profession, with a special interest in providing integrated working practice between health and education for children with special needs. She has over 15 years of experience within the community paediatric setting, encompassing mainstream schools, special needs units and special schools. If you would like to find out more about the courses run by Sharon, please contact Sharon Drew.

Play and ADHD:

"Research shows the attention deficit is eased when children play in green places Boys in particular tend to concentrate more when they play outdoors."

Sue Palmer, writer, broadcaster and consultant on the education of young children.

Behaviour Management Tip - Get in and get out quickly with your dignity in tact.

We know that to effectively deliver sanctions the message needs to be simple, clear and not negotiable; in practice it is easy to get caught up in a lengthy argument or confrontation. Focus on moving in, delivering your sanction as discreetly as possible and then moving out quickly. Choose a phrase that you will withdraw on 'I need to see you working as well as you were in yesterday's written task, thank you for listening' or 'I will come back and give you feedback on your work in five minutes'. Avoid waiting around for the student to change their behaviour immediately; they may need some time and space to make a better choice. Engage another student in a positive conversation or move across the room to answer a question and only check back once the dust has settled. No one likes receiving sanctions and the longer the interaction the more chance of a defensive reaction or escalation. Get in, deliver the message and get out with dignity; quickly, efficiently and without lingering.

This Behaviour Management Tip was kindly donated by Pivotal Education. They are Behaviour Management Specialists providing practical, engaging and inclusive training to schools in the UK and abroad. Sign up for your free behaviour management tips to get an insight into their training