UK parliament launches online SEND sessions

The UK Parliament Education and Engagement team will be providing free sensory-based digital SEND sessions for young students

Set to launch in April 2022, the UK Parliament Education and Engagement team have announced a new free online SEND workshop aimed at young learners aged 7-25. 

The workshop will involve sensory-based digital sessions. During the online class, students will use their senses to explore Parliament, find out who works there, and explore what they do. 

A poem will form the basis of the workshop, which will guide the students using rhyme, repetition and actions around the building.  

Objects from within the classroom will be used to bring the smells, sounds, and textures of Parliament to life. There will also be a PowerPoint as a visual aide. 

Organisers have planned a pre-session activity to help introduce students to Parliament. Learners will also benefit from the opportunity to virtually meet their educators in advance to ensure they are prepared for the session. 

The Education and Engagement team worked closely with teachers during the planning process to ensure the sessions met the needs of the participating SEND students. 

Registration and details 

The sessions will be offered on Tuesdays at 10am or 2pm, generally lasting from 30 minutes to an hour, with the intention of being as flexible as possible within that timeframe. 

The sessions are for ‘pre-curriculum’, meaning that the Education and Engagement team will ensure that the resources provided fit, and teachers do not have to tweak or adapt existing resources. 

Any SEND student working at the semi-formal or formal curriculum level is welcome to book a digital session here.

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