​ A high-quality computing education equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world.

For SEND learners, technology can provide opportunities for them to be in control of their world.  They have the right to access the technology and access learning to use that technology effectively.

A high-quality computing education equips me to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and have some control over the world around me.
(eLearning Team, Sheffield)

We continue to work with teachers in special schools and SENCOs in mainstream schools to develop materials to support the provision of appropriate learning experiences for SEND students.


Experiences for SEND learners to access a Computing Curriculum

The SEND project, led by the Somerset Partnership Teaching School, funded by Teaching Schools and co-ordinated by eLIM; provides learning experiences for pupils in special schools or working below age expected levels in a primary school. 
KS3 students in a special school or working below expectations in a secondary school can use appropriate New Wessex planning materials.  Fairmead Special school have shared their adaptation of this planning to meet the needs of their KS3 learners.

Teachers from Special Schools and SENCOs from Primary Schools worked together during the SEND project in 2014 to consider what Computing can look like for learners with complex needs.  Learning objectives and activities are published for p-scales 4 - 8, see DfE Computing p-scale statements for p-scales 1 - 3. 

The progression documents include the DfE p-scales for computing published in July 2014 and additional SEND Computing Progression Framework​ suggested by Sheffield City Council.  PSHE p-scale statements are referred to in the e-safety progression.  Examples of the ways the learning opportunities have been used and their impact are linked from the planning documents.

Programming objectives and activities p-scale 4 - 8

e-Safety objectives and activities p-scale 4 - 8 (note: these are our old statements that have been updated as part of ActiveBYTE scheme of work)

Technology in our lives, Multimedia and Handling Data objectives and activities p-scale 4 - 8

Our thanks go to the schools involved: Brookside Primary School, Countess Gytha Primary School, Critchill Special School, Elmwood and Penrose Federation, Fairmead Special School, Fiveways Special School, Fosse Way School, Selworthy Special School, St Michael’s Academy and to Somerset PIMS  team.

The progressive approach used is based on eLIM's model for Computing curriuclum.

Updated Online safety materials

The online safety curriculum for SEND learners has been updated and is available for subscribers to our service.  See SEND section of our ActiveBYTES page for full details.  The materials include a summary of all the active outcomes together with a symbol poster to support students and their families.

Continuous provision P Scales 1 - 3

Continuous provision P Scales 4 - 6

Continuous provision P Scales 7 - 8


Additional support documents and Links

Computational thinking for SEND learners

 Barefoot SEND guidance

CAS Computing in SEND settings

SEND Computing site including details of resources and the Sheffield Framework for SEND

Sheffield eLearning Service SEND Computing Scheme of Work

Report: Computing in SEND settings 2018 including teaching strategies and resources 

Teach Computing course: Creating an Inclusive Classroom: Approaches to Supporting Learners with SEND in Computing



Consider the learning opportunities offered to SEND learners to provide a variety of quality experiences:


Accessibility with Microsoft Office 365

Helpful links for Microsoft's inclusive classroom experiences​

Accessibility with Google for Education

Supporting students with SEND in home learning (Hello World magazine page 16)

Design checklist for online learning opportunities (University of Sussex)

CAS Make your computing classroom accessible by design

Accessibility - iPads