We provide a learning environment and approach to learning which are supportive and stimulating and meet the individual needs of each student.
By taking an individualised approach to learning we can better engage students through motivation, personal interest and building on their strengths and preferences to develop communication. The development of communication skills is at the core of everything we do. Our individual curriculum is developed through listening to students, parents and the multidisciplinary team. Individual schemes of work are planned by teachers ensuring that skills acquired by students are transferrable to settings outside of school. Students’ progress is monitored against themselves rather than their peers as each learner is different, working towards different goals using different methods. From Year 9, students have 'destination statements'. These statements underpin the student's individual programme of study.
For more details about each Key Stage, please see Royal School Manchester's curriculum map.
Every student from EYFS to Year 4 has access to a wide range of cultural, creative and knowledge based activities through half termly Theme Days; these days support a wide range of cross curricular activities.
2016/17 Themed Days include:
All the World's A Stage (Drama)
Music from around the world
British Flower Week
Interaction with others is part of each student’s individual programme and teaching process.
Appropriate opportunities are sought to ensure social integration and the development of shared experiences.
Children and young people benefit from a broad and balanced curriculum using a sensory approach focusing on physical development and promotion of communication, independence and life skills.
The curriculum includes:
Communication, Language and Literacy
Communication is the key focus within the curriculum. Opportunities for learning are extended through a total communication approach e.g. body movements, facial expression, eye-pointing, gesture and turn-taking, objects of reference, sign language, Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) and Intensive Interaction all supported by our Speech and Language therapists.
Teaches our pupils to acquire problem solving abilities and make more sense of the world in which they live; where appropriate pupils are encouraged to acquire the functional skills necessary to assist them in their daily lives.
Personal and Social Development
Provides pupils with opportunities to extend their learning beyond the classroom. Citizenship gives contexts in which pupils can develop a broader and more informed view of the wider world. Pupils learn to understand themselves physically, emotionally, socially and sexually, and to understand their relationships with others and the outside world.
Physical development and wellbeing are a vital part of the pupils’ individual programmes. The physical education curriculum includes access to specialised cycles and gym equipment, sports hall and climbing wall and swimming. Physiotherapy and Occupational therapy is an integral part of the physical development curriculum and includes hydrotherapy, rebound therapy, balance and co-ordination and sensory integration activities and equipment. Physical development leads to improved self-confidence in pupils' ability to manage themselves and their bodies.
Knowledge and Understanding of the World - Geography, History, Science, ICT, Design Technology
Pupils are given the opportunity to develop their interest in and curiosity about the world around them through exploratory and investigative experiences and activities. Pupils are encouraged to make choices and all activities comprise of motivating and meaningful sensory and communication activities within practical learning experiences. Information & Communication Technology supports individual needs and abilities and provides access to the wider curriculum.
Art provides visual, tactile and sensory experiences with the use of colour, form, shape, space, texture and pattern, exploring different materials and processes. In Music, Dance and Drama, pupils are encouraged to show preferences and make choices of different types and genres of music ,supported by our musicians in residence and a wide range of instruments and resources including a Gamelan.
From Key Stage 3, Careers is included within the vocational curriculum. Pupils learn about themselves and contribute to their person centred Annual Reviews from Year 9. They are helped to make more choices and decisions in their lives that may support planning for their future. Pupils develop their awareness and understanding of health and safety and have access to on site work experience from Key Stage 4.
ASDAN: Transition Challenge and New Horizons
Swimming: ASA National Plan Awards
The Post-16 department provides students who have profound and complex learning and communication difficulties with a safe, calm and individually tailored learning environment. It provides 16 to 19 year olds with the confidence and skills to thrive and reach their full potential so they can make a smooth transition to the next step of their adult life and achieve their destination statements.
Students in the post 16 department are provided with individual study programmes that are tailored to support their destination goal and the learners’ individual need. The one-to-one support provided for each individual, means that learning can be made purposeful and specific while promoting independence through modelling learning. This individual programme also enables the pupil to follow a curriculum that has been specifically developed around their individual needs. Students will follow a programme of study but this is adapted to be varied and specific for each student.
The overarching elements within the student’s individual programmes include the following pathways:
To achieve their goals the individually tailored study programme offers the following curriculum subjects:
- Functional Key Skills
- Sexuality and Relationships
- Home Management
- Vocational tasters and Preferences
- Leisure Tasters
- Work Experiences including off-site
- Current Affairs and the Local Community
- Careers/Transition planning
- ASDAN – Towards Independence
- Duke of Edinburgh Award
- Year 14 – Next placement planning
Study Programmes will be suitably challenging and support the student in achieving their targets. They include functional English and mathematics and can also include travel training and independent living. Students have a choice from a range of ASDAN accreditation modules. These modules are chosen to compliment the student’s destination goals and include:
- Personal safety
- Out in the community
- Sport and leisure
From Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11), students participate in vocational 'taster' sessions. Young people and their families help plan five activities each year to tailor these sessions around the interests and preferences of individual students.
Previous tasters have included car washing, bike maintenance, recycling, gardening, working in the school cafe and office duties.
Post-16 students (Years 12-14) can revisit the vocational preferences they explored in Key Stage 4 and attend work experience placements in the local community in Years 13 and 14. Individual learning programmes reflect the skills students need to be successful in their plans to enter work - not just through vocational skills but also by travel training, social skills and functional key skills such as handling money or making a shopping list.
There are three after school clubs at Royal School Manchester - cookery, art and music.
The clubs are run by staff members, volunteers and our musicians in residence. They are well attended. Students meet for a snack after school prior to joining the clubs which run until 4.30pm.
The Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme is now in operation and is an exciting new prospect for our students.
We work closely with outside agencies, including theatre groups and the Halle, to provide a wide range of stimulating experiences.
Each year we receive a Pupil Premium Grant from the Local Authorities which is a sum of money paid to support those pupils eligible for free school meals or looked after children. This grant is provided to help narrow the gap in performance and improve the quality of teaching and learning for vulnerable groups of children.
Over the last year we have used the pupil premium to purchase:
· IPads and IPods, protective cases, speakers and switches to help children learn and access the curriculum
· Sensory toys and games to support the development of communication skills, choice-making and turn-taking
· Apps to support the development of communication skills
· A bespoke trike to enable a student to cycle around the site and improve her fitness levels and independence
· Horse riding sessions to enable a student to improve her balance, muscle strength and general fitness and wellbeing
We analyse our data annually and have identified that although all our children and young people are vulnerable, no particular group, consistently, do less well than any other group. In 2015-2016 15 pupils were in receipt of pupil premium and achieved an average of 80% of their IEP targets and made expected or above expected progress in their P-level achievements.
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Cerebra's guide for parents on Learning Disabilities, Autism and Internet Safety
Childnet International, a non-profit organisation working to help make the internet a great and safe place for children
The Internet Watch Foundation, the UK hotline for reporting criminal online content
The anti-hate crime website Report-it has a page on addressing Internet Hate Crime
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