Downright Special Education

At Downright Special everything we do is based on an understanding of the specific learning profile of children with Down syndrome. The children do not simply have the generalised learning delay often assumed. The good news is that if we use the correct strategies these children can learn effectively, going on to read, write and access the rest of the school curriculum.

Downright Special Education aims to support effective inclusion in mainstream schools. Our Education Consultant, Lisa Bentley, and Specialist Teacher, Heather Clark, together have several years experience of teaching children with Down syndrome and have seen the benefits of applying teaching techniques specific to the learning profile of our children.

Downright Special Education offers support to schools primarily through our Downright Special Friday sessions where school-age children attend with their Teaching Assistants for a structured lesson.  These lessons cover core aspects of the curriculum including reading, writing, literacy, numeracy, speech and language development and take place on Friday afternoons.

We also offer:

  • A two-year cycle of Teaching Assistant training courses. (see our Training page)
  • INSET training on 'An Introduction to Down syndrome' and 'Teaching Children with Down Syndrome.'
  • Consultancy work within schools helping to set targets, plan work and deal with specific issues.
  • Reports and advice for the Statement of Special Educational Needs process.
  • Assistance with formulating effective IEPs (Individual Educational Plans).
  • Input to annual reviews, transition meetings and Common Assessment Framework meetings.


One of the ways we support successful inclusion in mainstream schools is to provide low-cost training that is accessible to schools and professionals working with our children.

We offer in-school training on “An Introduction to Down syndrome” and “Teaching Children with Down syndrome”.

We also have a two year rolling programme of six Teaching Assistant workshops. These typically run from 9am till 3pm half-termly and cover the following:

  1. Introduction to Down syndrome
  2. Speech and Language Development
  3. Literacy
  4. Numeracy
  5. Behaviour
  6. Gross and fine motor skill development

****Watch this space for dates of workshops in 2014.****


Our Friday sessions are attended by children from birth through to Foundation Stage, with school-aged children being accompanied by their Teaching Assistants. Children are grouped according to their stage of development and the sessions incorporate all aspects of development.

The group runs on Friday mornings during term-time from 9.30am til 12 noon at Bodmin Road Church Playroom, Bransholme, Hull, HU7 4HE.

We focus on signing, language development, reading, speech therapy, numeracy and social interaction.




Directions for the group can be found on the Contact Us page.

From Twitter

Down Syndrome Awareness Week March 2019

Down Syndrome Awareness Week was 18th-24th March 2019.  Find out about our celebrations by having a look here.

Autumn Term Dates

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No group 1st November

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Can't attend a session?

Please let us know if you cannot attend a session - either contact your group leader direct, or contact the office on 01482 420160 or 

Friday Visitors

We regularly have visitors to our Friday sessions, whether they be healthcare professionals, friends from the community or old faces returning to have a catch up with us. Stay tuned for information of up and coming visitors