Here are some useful websites – remember to look at our News and Resources section, too!  Please also let us know if you discover that any of the links no longer work, or if you have a link you’d like to add.

Edinburgh Council-Specific Information and Services

The Hospital and Outreach Teaching Service (H.O.T.S)
The English as an Additional Language (E.A.L.) Service
The Visiting Teacher and Support Service (V.T.S.S)
Support for Learning Service
The Digital Learning Team (and their pinterest page)
Bright Futures: the City of Edinburgh e-Newsletter for Families
Edinburgh Council information on Additional Support for Learning
School term dates

Resources from the Edinburgh Libraries

Spellzone –  Complete English spelling course written by dyslexia teacher for learners aged 10 years and over. Perfect for adult learners; ESL learners and learners with dyslexia.
Tell Me More – Learn English (or 5 other languages) online, a complete course covering talking, writing and reading. Interface available in 15 languages including Polish and Chinese
Alison– Learn keyboard skills or take a full touch typing course online for free
Overdrive– Access hundreds on ebooks and audiobooks to support literacy. Font, line spacing and screen colour all customisable to help with visual impairment.
OneClickdigital – Hundreds of audiobooks for children and adults
Teacher Zone – Information and resources specifically for teachers about using ebooks, audiobooks and other online resources with pupils
Your Library -Over 50 quality online learning resources for children and adults

Other Agencies of Interest

The Autism Toolbox – a resource to support the inclusion of children and young people with autism spectrum disorder in mainstream education services in Scotland.
CALL Scotland
– Communication and Assistive Technology for People with Disabilities
Click East – The Click East project is a research study which has developed a new iPad app for children with autism.  This site also does regular reviews of apps suitable for children with autism.
Down’s Syndrome Scotland – information and resources for people with Down’s Syndrome and the people who support them.
NALDIC – The national subject association for EAL
nasen – organisation which aims to promote the education, training, advancement and development of all those with special and additional support needs.
Scottish Autism’s Right Click Project – an online programme offering information and support for parents and carers of children and young people with autism.
SCRAN – images, movies and sounds from museums, galleries, archives and the media

Free Online Resources to Support Learning

Adrian Bruce – reading games, educational software, maths games and more. – reviews of iPad apps for education
Apps4PrimarySchools – apps for primary schools, recommended by teachers.
Children’s Books Forever – popular books by Hans Wilhelm available as PDFs.  Use them on interactive whiteboards, or on tablet devices!
Communication4All – inclusive resources across many subject areas.
Doorway Online – activities to support literacy, numeracy and keyboard skills.
HelpKidzLearn – tons of activities here to support pupils with additional support needs – for free, you can try out 10 of the activities, though you do need to sign up.
Jackson Pollock Painting – a free, easy-to-use activity that allows you to make Jackson Pollock-inspired art.  Great for learners working at a sensory level, or just for fun!
Pics4Learning – copyright-free images that can be used in your lessons.
Priory Woods – loads of free activities for learners with additional support needs.
SEN/ICT – Links to loads of resources, apps and ideas to do with ICT and additional support needs.  Well worth browsing!
Starfall – phonics practice.
Stòrlann Nàiseanta na Gàidhlig – produces and distributes Gaelic educational resources.
Sumdog – free maths and literacy activities, with ability for  teachers to track learners
Teach Your Monster to Read – Great free games to support phonics learning
Topmarks – resources across the curriculum, suitable for primary and secondary.
Woodlands Junior – a school in Kent that has developed resources across the curriculum.

Good Resouces/Agencies which may incur a cost

BRITE – Beattie Resources for Inclusiveness in Technology & Education
Inclusive Technology – suppliers of software and hardware to support the learning of children and young people who have additional support needs.
StudyLadder – Lots of resources built by teachers for teachers

Tech support

Microsoft Support for Windows 7 – If you have a query about Windows 7, or a Microsoft program, try looking here in the first instance – Advice from the Digital Learning Team on rebuilding computers and more.  This page is on the Orb so can only be accessed by CEC staff.


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