Information for Parents (COVID-19)

During the current school closures, we would like to offer the following information for parents of children and young people who have additional learning needs or a learning difficulty.

This is an extremely unsettling period for you and your children, and whilst it will be important to offer learning opportunities for children or young people, their well-being is paramount.

Schools across Birmingham and the whole country are working hard to ensure children who are not in school have the resources they need to continue their learning at home until they can return to classes. Your child’s or young person’s school should be the first point of contact for information.  The activities below are designed to compliment and enrich the work already being provided by your child’s school.

Click on the sections below for activities, ideas and strategies.

For further information please visit the local offer website:

Supporting your child with physical difficulties

The Physical Difficulties
Support Service

The Physical Difficulties Support Service (PDSS) are here to help you during this difficult time. Our families and children are really important to us and we are here to provide you with support through our telephone helpline service.

If you would like to access this service, please email PDSSParentEnquiries@birmingham.gov.uk

Please email with the following information:

  • Your name and your child’s name.
  • The telephone number you would like to be contacted on.
  • The name of your child’s school.
  • Times and dates you are available for a telephone conversation.

We will then arrange for a member of the PDSS team to respond to your request.

Areas of concern you may wish to discuss could include:

  • Recording work
  • Using ICT
  • Physical play and activities
Physical difficulties support

These following ICT programs are suggested to support your child or young person to enable them to engage with learning experiences:

Using Voice to Text in Notes

BBC dance mat gives children a fun way to learn touch typing

Clicker is software to support reading and writing for all abilities

Five quick steps to make sure you and your child are getting the most from your iPad