Home Learning Accessibility

12th January 2020

Home Learning- Google Accessibility Features


I hope that you are safe and well during these difficult times. I understand that most of you are having to juggle supporting home learning with maintaining your own jobs, and the task is never easy. This term we are trying to provide you with learning that the children can easily access themselves.  The aim is to mirror what the children would be learning in school, albeit delivered in a different format.


To help all children to be able to access and succeed with remote learning, I have detailed below some of Google Classroom’s Accessibility Features.


For computers:

  • Type with voice (speech to text) - You can type and edit by speaking in Google Docs
    1. Open a document in Google Docs with a Chrome browser.
    2.  Click Tools and then Voice typing. A microphone box will appear. You can speak and it will type your speech.


  • Screen Reader (text to speech) - Your computer can read out loud the text on the screen
  1. Download ‘Screen Reader’ from the Chrome Web store.
  2. Open a document in Google Docs with a Chrome browser. 
  3. In the Tools menu, select Accessibility settings. 
  4. Select Turn on screen reader support.

For some screen readers, you might need to adjust your settings. See links below for more guidance. Alternatively, you can use the Narrator Function on Windows 10. Click on the Start button and open Settings > Ease of Access > Narrator to view the Narrator pane. Turn on the Narrator button.


  • Use a Screen Magnifier
  1. In Chrome, open a document.
  2. In the Tools menu, select Accessibility settings.
  3. Select Turn on screen magnifier support.
  4. Adjust the settings on your computer, if needed:

If you are having difficulty, or are using a different device, please see the documents below for further information: https://support.google.com/docs/answer/6282736?co=GENIE.Platform%3DDesktop&hl=en&oco=1#zippy=%2Cnvda              

Google Docs: Accessibility Features https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kUg_T3Zj-d0


Resources for Children with SEND

Over the next couple of days, we will be uploading Home Learning Resources for Children with SEND to our school website. This section will include resources to support:

  1. Dyslexia and Processing
  2. Fine and Gross Motor Skills
  3. Organisation
  4. Speech, Language and Communication Needs
  5. Social, Emotional and Mental Health Needs
  6. Maths and English Learning


To arrange collection of physical resources detailed on your child’s EHCP or ILP, please contact Miss Wilkins. Resources may include but are not limited to:

  • Pencil Grips
  • Tri Pens
  • Coloured Rulers
  • Writing Slopes
  • Sound Buttons


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Kind Regards,

Mollie Wilkins