Sensory Nature Tools for Schools

Grant to  work  with  students  with  learning  disabilities  to develop Sensory Nature Tools for Schools, nature based resources that increase interaction with the natural world and extend learning outside the classroom.

The Sensory Trust is a leading authority on inclusive and sensory design. The charity uses nature and the outdoors to improve the health and wellbeing of people living with disability and health issues, their families and carers.

With support from the BFSS, the Sensory Trust delivered a project aimed at developing and testing new resources for children with learning difficulties.

The funding supported workshops to test and finalise the resources, produce 30 sets of 6 different resources, and to disseminate these nationally to special schools and SEN units from throughout  the UK.


  • 60 children with learning disabilities have improved their health and wellbeing through sensory engagement with nature and the outdoors.
  • 1800 students have gained health and wellbeing benefits from increased connection with nature and more time spent outdoors during lessons and playtime.
  • 6 teachers have gained confidence and skills in integrating nature and the outdoors into lesson plans, with an additional 42 directly requesting resources and guidance.
  • 42 sites have received one or more of the six different resources.

For the final report, please click here.