Bendrigg Residential

If things have seemed a little quiet lately, it's because lots of our students have been out of college on a week-long outdoor activity programme at the Bendrigg Trust. Each year, a number of college students participate in a range of accessible outdoor activities including canoeing, team building exercises and caving (pictured above), including visits to wheelchair accessible caverns to ensure that all our young people can enjoy unique opportunities to explore the natural world.

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WAAW: What's the impact of ongoing support in the workplace?

[Pictured: Johnny, a current college student, on his work experience at a local farm.]

In our last blog post, we discussed the importance of work experience and supported internships for our young people looking to enter work. Today, we take a look at two students with autism who left the college and wanted to find work.

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WAAW: What's the impact of work experience?

Many of the young people at Seashell aim to progress into work at the end of their course and work to develop the skills they need to make valuable contributions into a range of employment opportunities. School students begin Careers lessons in Key Stage 3 and undertake their first work experience placements onsite in Key Stage 4. When appropriate, our college students complete work experience placements in the community.

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WAAW: What's the impact of inclusive sport?

At Seashell, we believe that all people should be supported to access fun and meaningful sports and leisure activities. As well as the obvious health benefits of exercise, inclusive sport allows young people with autism opportunities to train with and compete against their peers, share social experiences with others, develop new strategies to meet sensory needs, work on personal care skills in practical real-world contexts and extend their communication strategies.

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WAAW: Carly Ryan performs at the Pink & Purple disco

Today marks the first day of World Autism Awareness Week and the young people at Seashell were determined to make sure the week gets off to a great start with a guest performance from Carly Ryan.

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Speaking more, not speaking for

Students take the lead on safeguarding their college environment

Pictured: Emma, a student council representative, presents findings from the safeguarding questionnaire to RCM governors.

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Family Information Events

Last Saturday we were pleased to host a Preparation for Adulthood – Supported Living event.

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Students wowed by half-term activities

School and college may be closed for half-term holidays but it’s all go at Seashell – over the past week, children and young people have taken part in dance, sports, multi-sensory theatre projects and days out.

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New Year's Resolutions for teaching Global Citizenship

[Pictured: Royal College Manchester students leading the sensory dragon dance as part of their Chinese New Year celebrations]

Mid-February may not be the traditional time for making New Year’s Resolutions but at Seashell, staff and students still have planned festivities to come as we explore a range of festivals. As educators, we have a vital role in ensuring that all the children and young people learn about new concepts and experiences and are also able to practice their individual beliefs, traditions and values.

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Speed-dating slowly: an important vehicle for teaching social skills to young adults with complex learning difficulties

Christine D, Advanced Practitioner, ‘Entry-level Preparation for Life and Work’, Royal College Manchester at Seashell Trust

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LGBT Project ..more messages

Everyone at Seashell is so proud of you for living your life in a way which is right for you. No matter what that looks like, it’s a fantastic achievement and we’re all so pleased that you can make these decisions even when things get difficult. Well done!

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Sending Support

We're continuing to receive lots of messages of support as part of our LGBT Holiday Support Project........

I want you to know that you are not alone. That no matter how hard things get, there are people who value you and celebrate everything about you, that who you are is exactly right, and that you will always have a place in our hearts just for being yourself.

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I promise you, friend: you are valued. You are celebrated. You are loved.

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