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.


Our child-centred approach means that we better engage pupils by identifying what motivates them, what they’re interested in, their strengths, and aspirations and use this as a foundation for learning. Supporting people with learning difficulties in the classroom enables us to deliver opportunities that are purposeful and specific to each child.


Specialist support

Every child at Royal School Manchester has an expert multidisciplinary team supporting them, delivering learning support strategies designed specifically to help each child achieve their full potential. This approach has enabled us to build a long-standing track record of achievement and success when it comes to special needs teaching.

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 complex learning difficulties 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

Our broad and balanced curriculum focuses on physical development, communication, independence and the skills that mean every child can live a more creative, happy and independent 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

Our inspiring, sector-leading approach ensures that Royal School Manchester pupils enjoy an enriched learning experience with fantastic life opportunities and experiences.

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 horticulture programme 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 CADS programme 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.

Advanced Autism Accreditation

Royal School Manchester has been Autism Accredited with the National Autistic Society for a number of years and is proud to have achieved Advanced Status.  This means that our school programme is deemed to provide highly creative and very personalised support to enable each autistic person to achieve positive outcomes.

Royal School Manchester is delighted to be working alongside Seashell’s Children’s Care services, Royal College Manchester and Young Adults’ Care services, all of whom are proud to have received Advanced Status.


Preparing for the future

Royal School Manchester recognises the importance of creating bespoke, person-centred learning support strategies that support all children and young people to experience positive small and large transitions. Our vision is to ensure each young person’s strengths, aspirations and what is important to them is celebrated and used to inform their planning and preparation for adulthood.

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.

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Transitions Pathway

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