More organisations and specialist expertise will be added to this section 


The ACE CENTRES in Oldham & Abingdon

ACE centres are staffed by teams of teachers, therapists and technicians with many years experience and expertise in Assistive Technology (AT), particularly Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), Ace Centres provide a range of services to support children and adults with severe communication difficulties. www.acecentre.org.uk

Autistic Education Trust 

The Autism Education Trust (AET) believes that all children and young people with autism* must receive an education which enables them to reach their individual potential to engage in society as active citizens (and that individuals, families and professionals are informed, supported and equipped to enable this to be achieved).


The British Assistive Technology Association (BATA)

BATA members are suppliers, AT professionals and organisations who provide support to individuals with disabilities who need Assistive Technology solutions. We provide an information and signposting service to the public in directing enquiries to relevant members (and other relevant groups/organisations).


The British Association of Teachers of the Deaf (BATOD)

The British Association of Teachers of the Deaf (BATOD) was formed in 1976 by the amalgamation of The National College of Teachers of the Deaf (NCTD) and the Society of Teachers of the Deaf (STD). BATOD is the ONLY Association representing the interests of teachers of deaf children and young people in the United Kingdom. Link to National Sensory Impairment Partnership - on exam assess      www.batod.org.uk


 CENMAC - www.cenmac.com 

CENMAC is a team of advisory teachers who assess and review the progress of pupils who have been referred to the service because their physical disability hinders their access to the curriculum. The service offers assessment, loan of appropriate equipment, training and reviews of progress. They work in the Greater London area, with children aged 3 to 19 who have a physical disability that prevents them accessing the curriculum.



Deafax has been at the forefront of technology since its inception in 1985. It exists to empower deaf people by offering them access to new and innovative technologies. Through this, we have seen literacy skills and self-confidence improve and feelings of isolation and inadequacy. 




We provide UK universities and colleges with shared digital infrastructure and services, such as the superfast Janet Network. We help the sector save time and money by negotiating sector-wide deals with IT vendors and commercial publishers. We offer expert and trusted advice on digital technology for education and research, built from over 30 years’ experience.


London Grid for Learning

The London Grid for Learning is a community of schools and local authorities committed to using technology to enhance teaching & learning. LGfL schools receive: 1. safe, high-speed broadband ('fibre all the way', uncontended and symmetrical)2. managed network services 3. premium learning resources: a blend of commercially-licensed content and homegrown exclusives.       www.lgfl.net



NASEN supports thousands of practitioners by providing relevant information, training and resources to enable staff to meet all pupils’ needs. Working with dedicated education professionals, nasen aims to ensure that practice for special and additional needs is both effective and current.



Natspec is the membership association for organisations which offer specialist further education and training for students with learning difficulties and/or disabilities. Our vision is that all young people with learning difficulties or disabilities can access high quality education and training, which meets their individual needs and supports their aspirations for skills, work and life. Natspec promotes specialism and personalisation within a diverse range of further education and training provision for young people with learning difficulties and/or disabilities that broadens their choice, supports their aspirations, represents their best interests and provides a social return on investment'.  natspec.org.uk


The Sensory Learning Hub has been created by the National Sensory Impairment Partnership (NatSIP) to provide a centrally held trusted resource for all things related to sensory impairment.  

The content has been collated by specialists in the sensory impairment field with a view to supporting the frontline workforce who are working with children and young people who have sensory impairment. 

Most of the Sensory Learning Hub is open to all, but we encourage you to register on the site for full access to everything we have to offer.  Registration is free, and open to anyone.  A walkthrough/howto on the registration process is pdf here .                www.natsip.org.uk



The Professional Association of Teachers of Students with Specific Learning Difficulties was chosen as the name of this association and the newly elected committee launched energetically into its programme of organising a conference, circulating a professional journal and, a little later, promoting the establishment of local groups.


Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB)

Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) is the largest organisation working with blind and partially sighted people in the UK.  We work closely with specialist teachers and support services in local education authorities and health authorities, and undertake policy, research and training activities regarding the development and learning of all children who are blind or partially sighted, including those with additional and complex needs. RNIB provides specialist information & advice on access arrangements for exams at www.rnib.org.uk/examaccess 

The National Star College

At National Star, we’re driven by our vision for a world in which people with disabilities are able to realise their potential as equal and active citizens in control of their lives. This sits at the heart of everything we do, from the personalised and world-class learning we provide via National Star College to trainingspecialist services and our work in the wider community. All of this is underpinned by both our passion to enrich people’s lives and by our moral and statutory responsibilities.           www.nationalstar.org

Swiss Cottage School 

Is a Development and Research Centre. We are a maintained special school in the London Borough of Camden. Our school provision meets the needs of learners with complex layered needs. This includes learners with Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties, Severe Learning Difficulties, Moderate Learning Difficulties, Autistic Spectrum Disorders, Communication Disorders, Sensory Needs, Physical Needs, and/or Social, Emotional Mental Health Needs.



The National Autistic Society

We have been providing specialist autism education for more than 50 years, so no one understands autism better than we do. We support children and young people in our specialist schools, aged from 4 to 21. www.autism.org.uk


Trugs - Read Successfully

The DfE wishes to offer schools and early years settings support in choosing effective systematic synthetic phonics teaching materials. To assist in providing this, the Department has published revised core criteria that define the key features of an effective systematic synthetic phonics teaching programme. Trugs does meet the Government’s Core Criteria as a systematic synthetic phonics resource having completed the following self assessment.