Is an independent, registered charity, which offers information about state education in England and Wales for parents of school age children. They offer free telephone advice on many subjects like exclusion from school, bullying, special educational needs and school admission appeals.
An invaluable resource for teachers and parents involved with Autism. Useful info for young people with ASD a really well-presented site with some great ideas and advice
A great site from the BBC that provides a wealth of information for parents on how to encourage learning. Advice on Special Needs and the Early Learning Curriculum. Plus a lot of fun!
This is a well established website that provides news and resources to help you incorporate ICT into teaching and learning. Packed with useful ideas and a supplier directory, bee-it is a great place to look for information and support. Free newsletters provide you with some great tips and advice – registration is free and simple. Highly recommended!
An online subscription resource for improving student behaviour, attitudes and performance. Definitely worth a look at the training videos.
The home page of the British Dyslexia Association with information, help and advice on a number of issues.
US based information for parents choosing schools. Advice, reviews, information and the latest news in education. There is also a really useful section on special needs and child development. Worth a look.
This a fantastic place to look for free teaching resources. The Guardian have done an excellent job of organising this to make navigation easy and reliable. From ages 4-18, there are thousands of resources uploaded by teachers. The newsletter highlights some great new additions and time saving search tips. There are also links to the best of Education news from The Guardian. Follow them on Twitter @GuardianTeach for regular updates. We think you will really like this!
A great place to find top tips for using music in the classroom. Advice on new tech and digital literacy. Marcus is a Google Educator and consultant to business and education on productivity and creativity.
Birmingham Grid for Learning provide a really easy way to find out where your strengths lie and how to make the best of them. Analyse the results by gender and age or compare a whole class. Really interesting.
An extract from a comprehensive work by Professor Susan Hallam at the Institute of Education, University of London. This chapter examines the effects of background music on health and well-being. There are many interesting perspectives and references to other scientific studies. Reproduced with kind permission of the author.
The Wellcome Trust provides a detailed overview of how music impacts on our everyday lives. Well presented with a range of interactive lesson ideas and activities for all ages. Part of our ‘Music4Learning’ series of links.
Five studies on the effects of music on learning, performance and behaviour by Professor Susan Hallam and Anastasia Kotsopoulou, Institute of Education, University of London. A thorough examination of how music can enhance the learning experience. Reproduced with kind permission.
From the archives of the BBC World Service, here is a thorough investigation into the ability of music to improve our lives. Jane Hanson takes you on a stimulating journey looking at influential music, medicine, healing and therapy. She explores the links between music and personal development and gathers opinion from a variety of experts. This is a four part series, with each episode lasting about 25 minutes. You will need to have Real Player available once you have clicked on the links. Definitely worth a try!
Here is a comprehensive look at how music can enhance and enrich learning. Drawing on the knowledge of several experts in the fields of education, music and psychology, the Big Picture also provides a number of ideas for using music in the classroom.
Nasen is the leading organisation in the UK which aims to promote the education, training, advancement and development of all those with special and additional support needs.
The leading UK charity for people with autism (including Asperger syndrome) and their families, providing information, support and pioneering services.
Nordoff Robbins is a national charity using music to transform the lives of vulnerable people of all ages, all over the UK. Its services include music therapy sessions for people with a wide range of illnesses and disabilities, and short music skills workshops and courses for those wishing to bring music into the lives of those they care for.
Oddizzi.com is fun, friendly and fantastic for learning about the world. This is a journey of exploration and an exciting adventure from one horizon to the next. Oddizzi.com shows us how important it is to understand the key features of our planet. Two charming and colourful characters accompany students on their quest for knowledge. Odd and Izzi are always on hand to point you in the right direction if you stray off the beaten track. Updates are regular and frequent and news feeds provide great stimuli for conversation. ‘ClassPals’ is a quick and easy way for students to connect instantly with classrooms around the world by sending postcards – no stamp required! Best of all, is the fact that Oddizzi.com is great for every lesson, every subject and every day. The free trial offers all you need to get a feel of the site. Jump in!
A UK based organization that helps with advice for parents of children with Special Educational Needs.
Rhythm for Reading is an intensive, research-based, small group reading intervention programme, which helps students to read with ease, fluency and understanding. The programme comes with an affordable cost and a great deal of additional support and reference material. Well worth a look
SEN Teacher provides cost-free teaching & learning resources for students with special needs and learning disabilities. Many resources here may also be of use to educators of primary and elementary students.
Free and easy to use. A good place to start looking for resources. Particularly good for literacy and numeracy.
A great place to find new ideas and teaching resources. Full of support, guidance, top tips and hacks. You can register for free, receive updates and join in the community to share your ideas, resources and fun stuff too.
One of the most reliable and comprehensive sources of information about education. Jobs, networking, sharing ideas and good practice and a place to look for inspiration. Easy to use and free to register. Highly recommended.