MGS Volunteers

Six young men from Manchester Grammar School volunteered at Seashell Trust last week. Working alongside Seashell Trust staff and students both, they helped students with transitions, produced communication aids, prepared bikes for the July Triathlon, and learned about Disability Awareness and some basic sign language.

Find the pictures from their work below!

Making willow fish with school students

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Ear Defenders

Royal College Manchester's Occupational Therapist Rachel joins us a guest blogger to talk about some of the advantages and disadvantages of using ear defenders.

As an Occupational Therapist, I often get questions from parents or carers about using ear defenders to help people who are sensitive to noise. There’s no one-size-fits-all answer but I thought it might help to summarise the reasons why they might or might not be helpful. 

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Inter College Sports Day

Almost 200 students from specialist colleges and sixth forms across the North West joined Royal College Manchester students last Thursday at our sixth annual Inter College Sports Day.

Competitors travelled to SportCity in Manchester, where they were divided into teams. Because 2016 is an Olympic and Paralympic year, we decided to use the theme of ‘Sport around the world’ and all teams were named after different countries and carried their own flags.

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Deaf Aware

This Deaf Awareness Week (2nd - 8th May), our Audiology team bring you this guest blog on listening skills for d/Deaf children and young adults. To mark the week, they have also offered a number of additional screenings in our onsite clinic adapted for students with complex needs, and our Family Services department are working with PIPS, Stockport's parent-carer forum, and Seashell's own BSL instructor to hold a workshop on Deaf Awareness this Friday.

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Citizenship Fashion Show

College students in the Citizenship group worked with members of staff to organise and deliver a fashion show last Friday!

As part of their Citizenship work, students chose to raise money to support the NSPCC by organising a fashion show. Local businesses Utopia and SOS Bramhall kindly donated their time and the use of their stock, and the audience were also treated to several sweet treats and a prize draw!

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In Top Form!

This week, we held this Easter holiday’s multisport CADS event – four fully-inclusive days of fun and games, suitable for children of all abilities and disabilities. If you have followed news of our work with On Side on ‘A Level Playing Field’ then you’ll know that we are working to bring CADS events to even more children and young people across the country.

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College Leaps Into Maths

Royal College Manchester students entered the Leap Into Maths competition alongside other specialist colleges as part of Maths Week 2016. The goal of the competition was to get students to think about different measurements - and to get college staff thinking about fun, creative and accessible ways of challenging our students to put their maths skills into practice!

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Accessible Books and Stories

Having previously described some useful apps for developing literacy skills, Helen now addresses another key question: where can we find books and stories that our children can use? Her class have enjoyed trying out some of the different books and stories, and there are books suitable for a wide range of abilities. 

Living Paintings Tactile Books

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14 apps to develop literacy skills

Every student at Royal School Manchester takes part in activities to develop their literacy skills. We believe that 'literacy' describes a spectrum of different skills, and students will move along and between different strands of these skills at different rates. Developing their practical skills and their interest in literacy, through high-quality, inspiring and engaging activities, is a basic right we think all our students should be able to enjoy, and we've found several useful apps to help make this possible.

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Looking at Personal Budgets

It has been a little more than a year since the SEND reforms introduced the right for young people and their families to request personal budgets. Families who are still in the middle of transferring over to EHC plans often have questions about what personal budgets mean for their son or daughter, so here are some answers to the most common questions we’re hearing from Seashell families.

What is a personal budget? How does it work?

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SEND Implementation Funding Announced

This week saw the government announce an £80 million package to fund support for children and young adults with special educational needs and disabilities. A little more than a year after the SEND reforms first took effect, the £80 million will extend the work done by independent support, charities and local authorities to complete the transition to the new system.

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In Profile: Residential Support Worker Jessica

Name: Jessica O'Neill

Role: Residential support worker (RSW) in Young People's Care. I work in a house with young male adults with complex needs, with some students displaying signs of challenging behaviour.

How long have you worked at Seashell? A little over six months.

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