The vast majority of the mainstream resources already listed will be fully accessible for SEND learners, but here are a few bespoke resources specially designed for our SEND superstar pupils.


BBC Bitesize – Some lovely activities for SEND learners to join in with on the BBC Bitesize site – see more here.

BBC 10 Pieces – There is also a dedicated section of the BBC 10 Pieces website where they have created new films and resources to make music-making accessible to students with additional support needs (SEND/ ASN), students who are deaf or have hearing loss and students who are blind or partially sighted – find out more here.

National Youth Open Orchestra – Apply to join the National Youth Open Orchestra! Ages 12 – 18.  Deadline to apply extended until 20th May 2020. If you would like any help and guidance with this, please do not hesitate to get in touch with Xanthe at Hackney Music Service.  Scroll right to the bottom of the page to find the Application Pack and Form here.

English Touring Opera – The English Touring Opera have produced some online signing lessons for young people. Each week a different opera singer will teach a new technique and set homework so anyone can tune in and get singing! The first lesson can be found here.

And other lessons are also available on their Youtube channel. Plus they are about to launch live weekly music sessions for SEND pupils and their families.  These can be accessed by schools or by individuals directly, for information about how you can tune into these live sessions please email ETO Learning and Participation Producer Jo Corrigan on

Ickburgh School – Chris Mackin, the fantastic Music Lead at Hackney’s own Ickburgh School, has compiled a really lovely set of SEND resources on his own school’s website, lots online resources as well as song suggestions.  Take a look here.

Barbican Guildhall Creative Learning – Barbican Creative Learning has been working with their community partner Headway East London, which supports people with brain injuries, was due to host a printing workshop called Create your own Portraits in May run by Billy Mann, a Headway member. But with the Barbican temporarily shut, the experience can’t take place. Undeterred, Mann, the Headway East London team and Barbican Guildhall Creative Learning have moved the workshop online for you to enjoy at home instead. Not a musical activity, but a lovely creative activity for you to get stuck into!

What you’ll need: A handful of crayons, Some plain white paper, Any image to trace over.

See more and full instructions: here

Explore more online resources here