The Children and Families Act 2014 aims to improve services for vulnerable children and to providing effective support to families. The system for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) will be transformed so that services consistently support the best outcomes for them and their families.
The Children & Families Bill brings about change within education, health and social care services and as part of the reform local authorities are required to publish a ‘local offer’ of support. The purpose of the local offer is to enable families and young people to access information about what services are available in their area including information on how to access those services.
The local offer will cover services which are available from birth to 25 and will include information on Special Education Provision, Health Provision and Social Care Provision.
The services provided at Seashell will form part of every local authorities’ local offer and families are able to view how we are proposing to meet this responsibility with regards to:
Royal School Manchester is a Non-Maintained Special School for children and young people with low incidence disability which includes students with: severe and profound learning difficulties: communication difficulties and additional complext needs including ASC; hearing impairment; visual impairment; multisensory impairment and sensory processing difficulties.
Coverage of the curriculum is based on individual need and we support pupils with an individualised approach to learning. We have small class groups and excellent staffing ratios. Our reaching staff hold mandatory qualifications in MSI, VI, HI and Autism. We provide 1:1, sometimes 2:1 support from learning support assistants trained to NVQ level 3 in supporting teaching and learning and including qualified Intervenors for MSI learners.
Therapy is integrated into the school day and is provided by our onsite therapy team. We are a person centred organisation with a strong focus on the development of communication skills across the curriculum, with expertise in enabling all students to develop self-advocacy skills. We provide a vocational curriculum including careers and work experience, both on and off site and deliver training to work experience providers to enable them to better support our young people.
Progress is measured through six monthly IEP evaluations and lesson evaluations. Students are also assessed using P Scales on entry and in June each year. We offer accredited course through ASDAN: Transition Challenge, Towards ndependence and New Horizons.
We are unique for our focus on and specialism in communication and offer three programmes: multi-sensory support, autism support and an entry level programme. Onsite we have a therapy team and a medical centre and our campus has inclusive sports facilities. Students use community learning venues and we support travel off-site in college transport and on public transport.
The initial assessment process identifies students’ needs and goals and these are the basis of the student’s Individual Learning Plan. Although each goal is individual, students leaving college demonstrate increased communication skills and increased independence. Students progress to day services, supported living, supported work and further learning.
Seashell Trust offers families and young people very individual and personalised packages of residential care, which can include:
Weekly, termly and 52 week placements
Short-break placements for students attending Royal School or Royal College, Manchester
Short-break facilities for young people not attending Seashell Trust
Other residential care service packages which meet the needs of individual families
CADS (Children's Able and Disabled Sports) are a series of unique sport, health and leisure activities organised by the sport and well-being team at Seashell Trust.
All activities are suitable for both able and disabled children and young adults. Making sport fully inclusive is important to us and this is reflected in our events. We make sure that all our activities can be accessed by all young people no matter what their ability or disability, and one to one support can be provided for those with more complex needs. A great deal of preparation goes into each event to provide the best experience for all young people involved.