Seashell Royal School Manchester offers a holistic approach to learning support strategies and supporting SEN in the classroom tailored to every single child and young person that we support, whatever the need.


Specialist support

All of our special needs teaching staff have achieved additional specialist teaching qualifications or are in the process of studying for them. This is reflective of our commitment to delivering high-quality levels of learning when we are supporting SEN in the classroom. Specialist teaching qualifications include mandatory teaching qualifications for multi-sensory impairment, visual impairment and hearing impairment. We also offer British Sign Language. 

Seashell’s therapy team provides a tailored and comprehensive package of therapeutic support, maximising pupils’ opportunities to learn, develop, and engage with the world around them.  Our team of occupational therapists, physiotherapists, speech and language therapists, and audiologists work collaboratively alongside education and residential care staff to ensure the most effective learning support strategies are in place. Our learning support strategies are adaptable to the child’s circumstances,  whether the child is in school, our residential houses, at home with their family, or out in the community.

Building skills for life

Communication and interaction with others, including social skills, are key to learning and our multi-disciplinary team of specialist support staff work together to find the tools and communication style that work most effectively for each child. 

Our pioneering assistive technologists ensure students have access to the latest technology to assist them in daily life and maximise their learning potential.  They are constantly researching the latest innovative technologies to promote independence and develop communication.

An enriched learning experience

Led by our artists and musicians in residence, our exciting and innovative arts programme encourages children to express themselves and build confidence and understanding of the world.

Our forest school uses hands-on learning outdoors to expand personal, social and technical skills in the fresh air. By taking part our children and young people build self-esteem and independence while learning about the importance of nature.

Seashell is working towards becoming a national centre of excellence for inclusive sport and our excellent facilities include a fully accessible swimming pool, football pitch, fitness suite and climbing wall.   Children and young people can access our awarding winning Children’s Able and Disabled Sports (CADS) which breaks down barriers to bring able and disabled young people together to enjoy a wide range of sport and leisure activities.

Seashell is a licensed Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme hub and students follow the awards programme each year, developing confidence, self-esteem and social skills while enjoying amazing new experiences.

Preparing for the future

Preparation is fundamental in understanding the needs and views of the young people at Royal School Manchester to support the development of their learning support strategies. In year nine, the Individual Education Plan will be supported annually by a person-centred review process, including aspirations, barriers and desired outcomes relating to education, employment, independence, health, friendship and community. This review process continues throughout key stages four and Post-16, whereby, once a future destination is identified, a bespoke transition plan is put in place alongside the young person.

Transitions Process

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Transitions Pathway

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