Available Courses

We are delighted to be able to offer an online training programme for the autumn term, delivered via Zoom. Wherever possible we ask that you use our online booking system (https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/downrightspecial) to reserve places as this helps enormously with our admin time and costs.

Contact us for rates if you are booking for more than 8 people from one setting or would like to arrange INSET training.

If you have any questions about our training then email training@downrightspecial.co.uk, or call us on 01482 420160.


Introduction to Working with Children with Down Syndrome Zoom online course

Wednesday 25th November 2020 (3:30pm – 5:30pm)

Educating children with Down syndrome can present us with unfamiliar challenges.

  • How exactly do we provide the right type of curriculum with appropriate levels of expectation?
  • What does good practice look like? What are the keys to unlocking a child’s learning potential?

Delivered by Downright Special staff, this training will cover key facts about the multifaceted nature of Down syndrome and an in-depth exploration of the learning profile for Down syndrome and its implications for classroom practice.

We would recommend that teachers and teaching assistants attend the course together as the session covers issues of both classroom and one to one practice. SENCOs are also invited to attend.

Cost: £15.00 per person for settings supported by Downright Special (free for families)

Bookings can be made on:



Supporting Positive Behaviour Zoom Online Course

Thursday 12th November 2020 (9:30 – 2:30pm)

‘There are no behaviour problems unique to children with Down’s syndrome… but the nature of their learning difficulty makes them much more vulnerable to the development of such problems’ (Down’s Syndrome Association and Down’s Syndrome Scotland).

This training aims to explore:

  • Consistency and the “Slot Machine” Theory of Behaviour
  • Common behaviour problems
  • The ABC of behaviour
  • Tools and strategies to understand, prevent and replace inappropriate behaviour

Suitable for school staff and parents/carers.

Cost: £40.00 per person for settings supported by Downright Special (£20 for families)

Bookings can be made on:



Developing Language and Reading for Children with Down Syndrome  (Includes Colourful Semantics) Zoom Online Course

Thursday 3rd December (9:30pm – 2:30pm)

This training aims:

  • To understand strengths and weaknesses in reading and language acquisition for children with Down Syndrome
  • To look at effective strategies to develop sight word reading, phonological awareness, phonic knowledge, vocabulary, syntax and basic comprehension

Suitable for school staff and parents/carers.

Cost: £40.00 per person for settings supported by Downright Special (£20 for families)

Bookings can be made on:




INSET Training

We are pleased to offer a range of courses as INSET training for schools, pre-schools or nurseries in Hull and East Yorkshire, including:

  • Working Memory
  • Supporting Positive Behaviour
  • Language for Thinking
  • Language and Communication
  • Coordination Difficulties
  • Curriculum Access & Differentiation
  • Colourful Semantics
  • Growing, Changing & Keeping Safe
  • Introduction to Signing
  • Introduction to Numicon for Early Years Settings

Depending on staff availability we may be able to offer training out-of-area. Although our training makes special reference to children with Down syndrome many of the difficulties covered will be common to other children with special educational needs. Training is delivered on site during the school day or as a twilight session. (We may also be able to deliver these sessions remotely via video-conference. Please contact us for rates and to discuss your needs.) Click here to download full details of our INSET training and costs.


Recommended Courses

Please refer to the links for course details, including joining instructions, dates and fees. Downright Special is not responsible for material held by third party sites.


Free Clicker Apps Training Webinars

Crick Software (the company behind Clicker) run regular free webinars on using Clicker Apps (Clicker Sentences, Clicker Books, Clicker Docs and Clicker Connect).  

Look on the website for more information



Down’s Syndrome Association

See website for details of training offered by the DSA for parents and professionals:



Down Syndrome Education International

DSE offer online training courses for parents and professionals on language development for children with Down syndrome, and how to use the ‘See and Learn’ programmes to teach reading and language skills, early sound discrimination and speech production skills.  Please see their website for details of upcoming events:


Down Syndrome Awareness Week March 2020

Down Syndrome Awareness Week was 16th - 22nd March 2020. Click here to find out more.


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Friday Sessions

During the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, our Groups are now a mixture of online and Face to Face sessions. Contact us for more details.

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 office@downrightspecial.co.uk

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.