Special Children

Early years, Primary, Secondary, Post-16


Busy SENCOs and dedicated learning support staff will find every issue of Special Children full of useful and inspiring ways to improve outcomes for children and young people with SEN. Whether you need strategies for improving literacy or numeracy, ways to include children with sensory impairments, updates on the new Code of Practice, or help with preparation for Ofsted - you will find practical, realistic guidance and insights, alongside colourful images that bring successes to life.


Published six times a year, Special Children magazine brings you case studies, expert guidance and practical ideas to help you to support the learning and progression of every child in your school or setting. Each issue features:

  • practical approaches and techniques to implement in the learning environment
  • clear strategies to raise achievement and engagement
  • pull-out resources to use with pupils or colleagues
  • 'tried and tested' reviews of technology and books - find out what others use, and how they they use it.

Keep up to date with cutting-edge practice to ensure you are providing the best possible support for your pupils.

  • Explore the latest developments in SEN – from groundbreaking research to government initiatives – to help you implement policy changes
  • Discover how your peers are problem-solving, innovating and using resources to improve outcomes and enable progress
  • Boost your professional development and continually improve your SENCO leadership and management skills

Included in your subscription

  • Special Children is a full-colour magazine, packed with valuable insights, practical resources, useful information and inspiring images.
  • Special Children is published six times per year, for SENCOs, teachers, teaching assistants and learning support staff.
  • Subscriptions to Optimus Information Services are available on a 21-day obligation-free basis. If, for any reason, you decide the subscription is not suitable and, provided you contact the Customer Service Team within 21-days of receipt of your invoice (on 0845 450 6404) and quote your invoice and order detail, you can cancel your subscription. Return the invoice marked 'Cancel' (if applicable), to: Optimus Education, c/o Customer Service Department, 1st Floor, St. Magnus House, 3 Lower Thames Street, London, EC3R 6HD
    If paying by credit card, the full price of the purchase will be refunded either by cheque or by crediting your credit card account. If we have issued you with an invoice, you will not be required to pay it.
    Please note you are not allowed to copy any of the content in the Information Services prior to cancellation and you must not retain any content post cancellation.

How to access Special Children magazine online

Subscribers of the Optimus Knowledge Centre have access to digital PDF copies of the Special Children magazine (including past editions), articles and resources published online, as well as full access to the Knowledge Centre's four focus areas.

To access Special Children online, take out a free trial of the Knowledge Centre or request a demo



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