About G.I.F.T.S. - Special Educational Needs Teaching - for pupils, for teachers, for parents

Anna Szuminska M.Ed

About G.I.F.T.S
& Anna

Hi, I'm Anna Szuminska, a teacher trained to teach special needs pupils, which I have spent my teaching career doing in both the UK and overseas.







"Excellent structure and organisation of course delivery. Good content, clearly presented. Highly recommended, very practical and useable."

Anna Emptage, Loyne Specialist School

"Best music course I've been on, excellent for motivating and improving confidence in music teaching."

Julie Neish, Park School

"Anna is inspirational!"

Vicky Whittaker, The Coppice

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G.I.F.T.S. Course Booking Form

And There's More

I have been the Sensory, Performing Arts, and Art, co-ordinator for a special school for many years, and currently I am the specialist music subject leader in a local special school as well as a visiting music specialist in another.

I'm a national music and sensory course provider and have worked as a consultant to a number of UK special schools.

I have a B.Ed (Hons) in Curriculum Development and a M.Ed in Human Relations within the educational context. I am also a qualified yoga teacher and have trained in Remedial Massage and Bowen Therapy. G.I.F.T.S is the result of my experiences.

Why develop G.I.F.T.S?

Between schools, and sometimes even within them, I've seen staff working hard to make their special needs provision effective. But they're frequently working without a reference point to what has gone before and what is likely to follow.

I've therefore developed G.I.F.T.S to help schools ensure progression and development in their special needs provision. G.I.F.T.S eases the pressure on teachers to develop new materials. They can spend less time reinventing the wheel and more time engaging and delivering. Which helps them make their time in and out of the classroom both more effective - and more cost-effective.

For the young people who experience G.I.F.T.S schemes the results are clear. I am passionate about enabling children and young people with special needs to learn and enjoy life to the best of their ability. The schemes make the most of their capacity to learn. Improve their ability to make informed choices. Improve interaction. And it helps them do it in a clear, fun, informal and creative way.

G.I.F.T.S. - The Curriculum Schemes

To enhance the investment in your special needs provision and your pupils learning experiences choose the published schemes 'It's Sensory Play' and 'It's Sensory Activity', 'It's Music', (P.E. and Art to follow) for your school or organisation and receive:

  • Comprehensive plannning and activities that, term by term, create an unfolding journey of involvement and development within each subject area
  • G.I.F.T.S Teaching SeriesPractical, tried and tested materials that ease the pressure to create and develop new experiences, and techniques
  • G.I.F.T.S Teaching SeriesTraining and support to get the most from your investment

Who is this aimed at?

Specialist and non-specialist teachers, support staff and parents wishing to encourage development and learning at home.

Contact me to bring G.I.F.T.S. to your organisation.


Andy White, Music Advisor for Blackpool Borough Council

"Schemes of work are very thorough as are lesson plans... This lesson was one of the best I've ever seen. It involved practical music making... was totally inclusive and enjoyable. It highlighted rhythm, word setting and performance.

Pupils were able to perform as individuals and collectively. They did this with confidence and were encouraged throughout this lesson. The lesson moved at such a pace and yet there was even time for a relaxation session at the end... An excellent lesson."