Widgit Software

Special Schools

Supporting learners who have communication or language difficulties

Communication is an essential part of life and learning. In addition to providing accessible learning, special schools need to use a range of symbol communication strategies to support their students.

Widgit symbols provide students with a clear, structured language, ideal for communication and learning. Our wide range of software and resources can meet the needs of individuals.

Early yaears symbols
More about symbols:
  • The Endeavour Academy is a school and residential setting for children and young people with autism and severe learning difficulties aged between 9 and 19.

    To aid with visual support the Academy use Widgit Symbols throughout the school and residential home.

    More Information

  • Download the PHSE resource

    The school is specifically for boys with social, emotional and mental/behavioural problems. We chose symbols because the boys need clear messages especially when it comes to boundaries.

    Fay Cripps,
    Littlegreen Primary School

    Read more

  • Students at George Hastwell School produce a newspaper every term. Students gather the stories and write the articles using symbol software.

    This newspaper enjoys a wide readership outside the school community. The fact that so many people appreciate it has served further to raise the students’ self‑esteem.

    Deputy Head Teacher

  • We believe that symbols give our students a greater understanding and accessibility of everyday life around school and are inclusive to the whole school community.

    Allison Denton, Brooke School

    More on symbol signage from Widgit

  • Using Widgit Point has successfully allowed learners with low literacy levels and students and parents with English as a second language (EAL) to more fully engage with their virtual learning needs.

    Kris Williams, James Rennie School

    Find out more

Who symbols can help

Widgit uses symbols to support people with communication, language or learning disabilities.
Who uses symbols?

  • 138,000 children have a SEN statement or are school action plus for speech, language or communication difficulties (1)

  • 18% of children with a SEN statement uses AAC (1)

  • 40% of children with SEN statements are in special schools (1)

  • Using an AAC system greatly enhances a person’s ability to make choices and improves their quality of life (2)

Widgit Symbols add visual support to the printed word, opening up the world of information to those otherwise excluded from it.
Find out more about symbols

  • Enable communication
  • Improve behaviour
  • Develop independence
  • Enhance access to learning
  • Develop skills for life

Health Communication Book

Create your own materials

InPrint 3

Create symbol materials to print
Widgit symbols, along with the powerful features and freedom of layout of desktop publishing, help to create materials that have a professional look.

SymWriter 2

Easy symbol writing for everyone
SymWriter 2 is a symbol-supported word processor that any writer, regardless of literacy levels, can use to create documents.

Communicate Series BundleWidgit Online

Create, save and share online
Widgit Online allows you to create, save and share symbol documents and grids in your web browser.

Communicate: Ideas

Mind mapping with Symbols
Organise information and brainstorm ideas with Ideas, the mind mapping tool with symbols.

Software Bundle

Widgit Essentials Bundle

InPrint 3

SymWriter 2

Single £289
Five £699
Ten £959
Twenty     £1,339
Thirty £1,459

Need help?

To discuss our software and services, please call 01926 333680, or email info@widgit.com

Fun and educational apps

Widgit Go

Widgit Go is an app for creating activities and grids to support communication, learning and language development. Use it in the home, in the classroom or on the go.


Verbal Comprehension

NEW: Assess early language and verbal comprehension - suitable for practitioners, teachers and parents.

Widgit Vocab

Widgit Vocab is a series of iPad apps designed to develop basic vocabulary. Widgit Vocab can help extend a user's vocabulary range with listening, speaking and reading activities.


Learn about sentences and the elements that construct them with this exciting series of apps for children.


Symbolworld is a free website dedicated to symbol users of all ages. It contains a huge variety of articles, stories and information.


App Bundles

Get the best deals with Widgit App Bundles

Need help?

To discuss our software and services, please call 01926 333680, or email info@widgit.com

Hundreds of free and low-cost symbol resource packs, created in partnership with professionals

Choices and Planning

A great resource to encourage self advocacy within personal care planning.

Format: Price:
CIP filesCIP files from £30


Road Safety

11 activities for teaching how to cross the road safely, understanding traffic lights and pedestrian crossings.

Format: Price:
CIP files £7


Behavioural Prompts

This pack of flashcards which support a range of situations in the learning environment.

Format: Price:
CIP filesCIP files from £7


Design Studio

Had an idea for a resource?

Want to create a more accessible environment?

We can create accessible symbol information, tailored to your needs.

Our specialist design team will work in partnership with your organisation to produce symbolised documents which cater for your individual requirements.

Bespoke service
We consult with you throughout the design process, creating new symbols where necessary, to ensure that the end result is fit for purpose and appropriate for the different needs of your client base.

Best practice
We can also work with you to develop your understanding and knowledge of “best practice” in symbol accessibility and suggest the most appropriate language for your information.

Meeting your responsibilities
An inclusive approach to the design of your product or service will help you to ensure compliance with current legislation on accessibility.

Design studio services include:

  • Translating information into symbols
  • Symbol design
  • Symbol signage
  • Development of resources
  • Converting text to easy read
  • Design and layout
  • Support in a wide range of media
  • Licensing symbols
  • Advice and training

Get in touch

If you want help with accessibility or have an idea for a resources, please contact us.

For design services, email

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