• Widgit
  • Widgit
  • Widgit
  • Widgit
  • Widgit


Simply-drawn, colourful symbols for use in SEND, EAL and beyond to illustrate concepts in a clear and concise way.

Service Pack: Available with USO

Subject: Art Citizenship Dance Design Drama English Geography History ICT Mathematics Music PE PSHE Religion

Simply-drawn, colourful symbols for use in SEND, EAL and beyond to illustrate concepts in a clear and concise way.

Widgit Symbols are simply drawn, colourful symbols designed to illustrate a single concept in a clear and concise way. They cover a range of topics (including many curricular areas) wide enough to make them suitable for symbol users of all ages and abilities.

Already used by many SEND departments and schools, the entire symbol database of over 15,000 images is now available to all TRUSTnet schools to search and download.

The use of these symbols increases the accessibility of written text by giving readers of all literacy levels greater access to information. As they are designed specifically for written information, Widgit Symbol users can develop a real independence in reading and writing.

There are many ways to use the symbols, but some common ideas are for:

  • Symbol Sentences – this is when a regular sentence has symbols above the words illustrating the main points in the sentence. Not all of the words may have symbols, as abstract symbols are unnecessary and distracting for most symbol readers, but there should be enough symbols to ensure that the meaning can be understood even if the text isn’t.
  • Key Symbols – one or two symbols that can be used with or without text to convey a single piece of information. At most, they provide the same amount of information as a short sentence of text. They can help reinforce meaning and give reassurance by acting as reminders for any level of reader.
  • Communication Grids – typically these have one symbol per grid cell alongside the text. The grid can facilitate a conversation with one or more people pointing to the symbols to express their ideas. Communication grids can be printed as low tech supports, or there are high tech communication devices and apps that reinforce the symbol choices with speech output.
  • Symbol Flashcards – cards containing one symbol and text. They have a very wide range of uses. They can be used as educational games to learn a topic, picked from to make choices, ordered to create a timetable and shown to aid communication.

We also have over 1000 worksheets available which are differentiated and include Widgit symbols to help you make the curriculum accessible for all learners.

Access to Learning Resources both in and away from school site is freely available with a TRUSTnet Core Service subscription.


Use and adapt

School community only Download Widgit Symbols licence

Use and adapt

Use and

No commercial use

No commercial use

School community access only

School-community access only

Permitted uses:

  • Downloading and editing of photographs, documents and text. Adaptations allowed for educational use within the school community, including viewing by students' parents – but with access restricted to the school community, controlled by the TRUSTnet USO login
  • Creation of new teaching and learning material using TRUSTnet learning resources

Not permitted:

  • Downloading and re–editing of video resources
  • Republishing of any video material in a different hosting environment or format
  • Removal of any LGfL branding embedded within assets
  • Removal of any content-provider branding embedded within licensed resources
  • Any commercial use of the resource
  • Sharing of login credentials with an unauthorised person to gain access to TRUSTnet licensed resources*

*An unauthorised user is defined as a child or adult who does not attend a TRUSTnet - connected school. Parents of children in TRUSTnet schools are exempted from this definition to the extent that and only in so far as parents are encouraged to log in with their children to view resources that support home learning.

To find out more about TRUSTnet educational licences and why they are necessary please take a look at our TRUSTnet educational licences FAQ page.

Does this resource work on mobile devices?

This resource uses a responsive website that will scale according to the size of your screen; it will display and function equally well on mobile, tablet device and desktop computer.