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Symbols for All - New Inclusive Learning Symbol Resources

by Claire Harrison

on Thu Nov 02, 2017

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CALL Scotland have created a set of symbolised print and interactive resources for learning accross the curriculum. The resources are all made using Picture Communication Symbols (PCS) and are freely accessible to any schools using Boardmaker Software.

Using picture symbols as visual supports can benefit learners of all abilities, for developing language and learning, and for organising the environment. Their use can improve outcomes for and raise the attainment of many learners, beyond those with identified additional support needs. The purpose in creating this pack is to provide a core resource for schools, which can be added to and which supports the introduction symbols and their use in everyday school activities. 

The resources have been  created and organised around Curriculum for Excellence and have been organised into the  8 curricular areas:

  • Languages (including Literacy)    
  • Mathematics
  • Health & Wellbeing
  • Expressive Arts
  • Religious & Moral Education
  • Social Studies
  • Sciences
  • Technologies

Each of the symbol resources has been categorised and labelled into curricular areas, through there are some resources which may fall into multiple categories. The curricular resources are in a variety of easily adaptable formats such as bingo games, domino games, matching tasks, core vocabulary boards, sequencing supports, plus many more.

Who would use these resources?

The resources can be used by Class teachers, Support for Learning teachers, 

  • Classroom assistants, Additional Support Needs assistants
  • Teaching staff
  • Anyone else working with a learner with an Additional Support Need (visiting specialist staff, health professionals including Speech and Language Therapists)
  • Parent/ Carers

Why would you use the resources?

Using the resources will help make your School/Nursery a more inclusive and accessible environment for all learners. This will help learners with a range of needs to achieve, which might include

  • reduced attention span
  • difficulties following instructions and directions
  • slow processing speed
  • short working memory (particularly auditory memory)
  • delayed language (understanding and producing speech sounds/language)
  • English as a second language
  • difficulties with predictability and following change
  • difficulties reading text

These needs may be due to a range of needs including physical, visual, literacy, dyslexia and communication difficulties.

Implementing use of the resources will provide a consistent approach for all learners and for staff, as pupils progress through school and stages, and support the learner to develop skills in the above areas.

How do you use the resources?

  • If you do not have a paid subscription, sign up to the free Boardmaker Online Community
  • Follow the instructions  below on how to search for the resources within Boardmaker Online
  • Download the resources to your computer
  • Print off the resources
  • Laminate and cut out the symbols, add velcro as appropriate
  • Play the interactive resources using Boardmaker Online or Boardmaker Studio
  • Edit the Symbols for All resources and create your own using Boardmaker Plus!, Studio or Boardmaker Online
  • Edit the Symbols for All resources and create your own using Boardmaker Online (if you have a paid-for subscription)
  • Create your own resources using a different symbol software programme
  • Involve your whole school in learning about and using the resources

Where can you find the resources?

There are several ways to search for the resources within the Boardmaker Online Community.

  1. Browse the resources from the ‘Symbols for All’ group
  2. Search for subject specific resources using the following tags:

CALLScotland or symbols4all

symbols4allLanguages for Literacy, Gaelic & Scots Language resources
symbols4all Maths for Mathematics resources
symbols4all HWB for Health & Wellbeing resources
symbols4allSciences for Science resources
symbols4allExpArts for Art, Music and Dance resources
symbols4allTechnologies for Computing, Food and Textile resources
symbols4allSocial  for Social Studies resources
symbols4allRME  for Religious and Moral Education resource
symbols4all ClassOrg  for Classroom Organisation resources  
symbols4all Communication  for Communication across the curriculum

It is recommended that you join the ‘CALL Scotland Symbols for All’ group within the Boardmaker Online Community. You will then be alerted when new symbols resources are uploaded and added.

Do I need a Boardmaker Online Subscription to access Symbols for All?

If you do not have a personal or school (district) paid subscription to Boardmaker Online, you can access the resources, provided you have the following:

  • A copy of Boardmaker V.6 installed on the computer you are using


  • A copy of Boardmaker Studio installed on the computer you are using


  • You are a member of the BoardmakerOnline community (free to join)

You can sign up at Boardmaker online.

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