Specialist Education Testimonials

Below is a selection of Testimonials received from Special Educational Needs Schools and Pupil Referral Units.

We have delivered a condensed version of our workshop to many Special Educational Needs schools and Pupil Referral Units and establishments throughout the UK and tailored our sessions accordingly, to the children’s abilities –  the practical “hands-on” sessions work extremely well with children who are on the Autistic spectrum, have ADHD, Asperger’s and/or Dyslexia or emotional or behavioural problems, as these sessions lend themselves to kinaesthetic learning.

Special Educational Needs (SEND) | PRUs | SEMH Schools

Helen Allison (Autism) School, Gravesend, Kent

On Monday, 14th March, we welcomed Pulse CSI to our school who delivered an incredibly engaging Forensic Science workshop. The students were given the opportunity to become forensic investigators for the day and all took part in a number of exciting tasks, ranging from finger/footprint collection and analysis, and fibre analysis to investigating a ‘crime scene’. The activities catered for all ages and abilities, providing opportunities for team building and problem-solving as well as encouraging our students to reflect on their learning.

The delivery of the workshop was impeccable and we were impressed with the clarity and professionalism of the team! The students thoroughly enjoyed the workshop and loved talking about their experiences; many were inspired by the work of forensic scientists. We hope to see you again one day!

Infiniti (SEMH) School, Sittingbourne, Kent 

I work at a secondary school specialising in children with social, emotional and mental health needs and other associated difficulties. I’ve got to say, we were massively impressed with Pulse’s CSI workshop and their ability to engage a room full of students who struggle with their attention span. We had glowing feedback from the children that they really enjoyed their day – particularly dressing up in the hazmat suits and solving the murder in the afternoon. Both Jacqui and her colleague were really friendly, engaging and knowledgeable. I’m certain she has given our children a day to remember forever. Thank you so much.

Anonymous (Workshop in a Box) all resources provided by Pulse CSI | Delivered by the SEND School (Lincolnshire based) during COVID lockdown 2020 – 2021

I am unable to send you pictures of the students doing the activities due to GDPR. I would also ask if you could apply our testimonial anonymously if it is to appear on your website, please. To kick off our CSI themed science week, we chose to buy into the Pulse CSI ‘Workshop In A Box’ experience. Previously, we have had wonderful workshops in school, run by Jacqui, however this year we decided to run the workshops ourselves using the online videos to support our teachers. Our students were so excited to learn about Forensic Science and, with the mini-workshops, they were able to carry out the skills in their own time and then apply them to the crime scene scenarios we set up in the afternoon. Buying into ‘The Workshop In A Box’ meant that the resources were available to us at any time enabling the students to continue with activities in their own time (which many of them did) and giving the staff the flexibility to plan their timetables around the different activities available. We bought into the Silver Workshop, which gave us the added crime scene investigation scenarios. Running the workshops and activities ourselves meant that we were able to set these crime scenes up for the week, creating additional displays and scenarios, to further enhance and capture the students’ excitement. Jacqui was extremely helpful and went out of her way to tailor our package to accommodate us. The workshops and activities had such a positive impact on the students’ learning and inspired many descriptive writing pieces throughout the week. Thanks, Pulse CSI!

Sarah Beaumont, Science Teacher, Foundry College, Wokingham, Berkshire – (Pupil Referral Unit)

I would highly recommend Pulse Education for their amazing CSI Day. We are a Pupil Referral Unit, and Jacqui was able to tailor the day to suit the smaller groups and a more informal setting. Her positive, attentive manner meant that even the more challenging pupils were engaged and able to have a complete ‘hands-on’ approach right from the start. They particularly loved wearing the SOCO suits, posing for photos with the Crime Scene Tape, and dusting for fingerprints. All of the staff in our school were equally excited. Thank you, Jacqui, we would love you to come back again!

Riverside School (SEN), Goole, East Riding of Yorkshire 

Riverside pupils had an amazing experience when Jacqui came to introduce crime scene investigation techniques in a variety of fun, hands-on lessons during our Science and Technology Week. The children enjoyed creating keyrings of their fingerprints using special inks and also made handprints with a fascinating magnetic powder and ‘magic wands!’ We explored all sorts of different fibres with mini microscopes and the pupils were amazed when they looked at their fingers and hair through the magnifying glass. They took samples of their footprints and wrote secret messages using UV pens and blacklight torches.  All the children were able to interact with the experience at their own level and Jacqui was flexible and responsive to each group’s abilities, ensuring they had lots of differentiated tasks that were suited to their needs. The length of each session was appropriate to the concentration levels of the pupils and they were kept busy and engaged at all stages of the experience.  I would definitely recommend the CSI experience to other MLD special schools as the pupils thoroughly enjoyed the day. 

Egerton Rothesay School, Berkhampstead, Hertfordshire

Egerton Rothesay is a school that provides specialist input for pupils who need some form of additional support, perhaps because of a specific educational need – such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, speech and language issues or sectors of the autistic spectrum – or for a more general problem with learning. We specialise in providing accessible and stimulating educational experiences for our pupils. The CSI workshop was carried out in a multi-sensory and enjoyable way and Jacqui held the children’s attention with a range of activities.  Our special provision team of occupational, speech and language therapists and specialist support teachers all participated in the workshop and commented on how focused and engaged the pupils were. We would all like to say a big thank you to Jacqui for such a fun and memorable day and we would highly recommend the workshop. We look forward to your next visit!

Fairly House School, 220 Lambeth Road, London SE1

The inaugural Forensic Day as provided by the Finger on the Pulse team proved to be a huge success at Fairley House School.  Judging by the feedback from pupils, teachers and parents everyone thoroughly enjoyed the day and felt they had learnt a great deal and received an expert insight into the world of forensic investigation.  As a school for dyslexic and dyspraxic students, we specialise in providing accessible and stimulating educational experiences for our pupils. The forensic day ticked all the boxes as far as our students were concerned.  Our special provision team of occupational and speech and language therapists were also highly impressed with the nature of the practical tasks provided throughout the day.

Many members of staff commented on how focused and engaged all 95 pupils had been during each and every session. The multi-sensory nature of the workshop and crime scene investigation ensured that all the activities were not only educational but also informative and entertaining both for pupils and teachers.  I would like to thank Jacqui Thompson on behalf of Fairley House School for a brilliant day and look forward to her next visit. I would highly recommend the Finger on the Pulse experience as an enriching educational experience of real-life science.

James Brindley School, Willows Centre, Birmingham B13 8QB

Even students who were previously lacking in motivation and struggled with concentration were fascinated by and engrossed in the whole experience. The activities encouraged a high level of interaction that the students and staff thoroughly enjoyed. Thank you!

Lady Jane Franklin School (SEND), Spilsby, Lincolnshire 

Excellent, engaging, practical of immediate interest to our pupils, based on their personal interests. Totally held their attention for over an hour, which in our school is often difficult to achieve. Well done! 

Ash Villa Hospital School, Rauceby, Lincolnshire

Many thanks for such an enjoyable session. It was very informative and our students got a great deal. The session really engaged our students and was very well matched to their abilities.

As a Special Hospital School, our student group can quickly change in numbers, age and ability and we appreciated you keeping in contact prior to the workshop so that the session was pitched at the right level for the students we had at the time.  I would certainly recommend the workshop as an interactive and educational way of learning about a very interesting subject. Thanks again for an excellent session.

Lady Jane Franklin School (SEN) Spilsby, Lincolnshire

Excellent, engaging, practical of immediate interest to our pupils, based on their personal interests. Totally held their attention for over an hour, which in our school is often difficult to achieve. Well done!

The Phoenix School (SEN) Grantham, Lincolnshire

The pupils (and staff) at the Phoenix really enjoyed the session. I have talked to all of the staff involved and these are some of their observations /suggestions, which I hope, maybe of use: The pupils loved the activities, fingerprinting and making their key rings etc. We thought that you had a lovely manner, especially with our lesser able pupils. Suggestions – As our type of children have such a short concentration span it might be useful to have shorter sections where you lead from the front leading into short related activities that all are involved in such as a simple quiz/looking at photographs/observations from a scenario picture /video etc.  It may have been useful to ensure that the pupils raise their hands before answering to avoid an increase in the noise level and even though there was a lot of staff present it may be advisable to insist that there were staff present at each table.