kinetic sand

Made kinetic sand today using gak and coloured sand.

Make a portion of gak but make a little bit sticky, then keep adding coloured sand. It takes quite a lot. Just keep kneading it in until you get the consistency you want.

Here is the sand I made!

New Dates for PMLD Qualification

The following dates have been booked for Understanding the needs of Individual with PMLD level 2/3

Want to know about this qualification then watch the following YouTube clip

Birmingham – Monday 24th October 16 – time: 9.30 – 5.00
London – Friday 28th October 16 – time:
9.30 – 5.00
Manchester – Monday 20th February 17 – time:  9.30 – .430

London – Friday 10th March 17 – time: 9.30 – 5.00

If you would like to book a place or want more information please contact

Brand New Learner Support Accreditation Level 2

We have been working hard with Can Do Courses, PAST and OCN London to develop a new qualification aimed at people working within Learner Support. This qualification is made up of  11 modules.

The Role of the Learning Support Practitioner is the Mandatory unit, then the foolwing unit can be choosen:

Supporting learners who have:

  • ADHD
  • Autism Spectrum Conditions
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Mental Ill Health
  • Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities
  • Partially Sighted or Blind
  • Dyslexia
  • Deaf/deaf
  • Positive Behaviour Management in the Classroom
  • Safeguarding Students

Mandatory plus 2 = An Award

Mandatory plus 3 = An Extended Award

Mandatory plus 5 = A Certificate

For more information email

Book Reviews

As a student I am always reading and researching books and articles and I sometimes come across some good books relating to working with individuals with PMLD. The following books published recently are very good read especially for those working in education.

Sensory Stories for Children and Teens with Special Educational Needs – A Practical Guide by Joanna Grace 

Joanna writes from the heart, making the book easy to read and extremely interesting. It is a mixture of theory and practice and gives the reader some great ideas on how to create and present effective sensory stories. A must for anyone working with people with PMLD. The book is not limited to children and teens as suggested in the title, it is suitable for all. Well worth every penny. You must buy it!!

Curricula for Teaching Children and Young People with Severe or Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties – Practical Strategies for Educational Professionals bu Peter Imray and Viv Hinchcliffe

This well written easy to read book effectively relates theory to practice, providing some thought provoking ideas and challenges for all those working in the field. This book is written from personal experience and offers some practical way to provide a personalised education progamme designed to enhance and enrich the learning of individuals with PMLD. A must have book for those working in education.



Research in to the training needs of Learner Support Assistants working with individuals with PMLD

I believe effective training is vital to ensure the needs of people with PMLD are met. I am conducting research into the training needs of Learner Support Assistants working in Post 16 education for my MSc dissertation. I would love hear you thoughts on the type of training LSA’s should receive to ensure they support individuals with PMLD effectively.

OCN Understanding the needs of individuals with PMLD Training dates

In order to develop our understanding of the needs of individuals with PMLD this course will explore the importance of communication, look at attitudes and values and the impact of legislation as well as the importance of providing meaningful activities for individuals including sensory stories.

Latest Dates

Tuesday 28 October 2014 London  9.30a.m.  – 4.30p.m.

Thursday 20 November 2014 Derby 9.30a.m.  – 4.30p.m.

We would love to see you!