What Help and Support is available for the Family?
We liaise with a wide range of external agencies to help to support families.
Through working with EWOs, the Educational Psychology Service, the SEN Department, Social Services, CAMHS, Health and a range of other practitioners we can ensure that a package of support is put in place for the whole family’s needs to be met thus improving outcomes for the young person involved. Should parents/carers require assistance in completing paperwork, guidance is offered by The Canterbury Centre.
If parents would like any help or support then they can contact school directly on 0161 921 2550 to arrange an appointment to discuss with us their requirements.
Transition from Primary School and School Leavers
Parity of progression for our young people is important so CEIAG is prioritised in The Canterbury Centre; destinations are as important as exam results. The changing labour market has implications for the curriculum and how young people are prepared for life after school therefore all pupils are supported in making choices about options and subsequent accreditation at KS4.
A dedicated Connexions adviser is available weekly to speak with pupils and parents about pathways to further education, employment and training.
All KS4 pupils have the opportunity to spend at least one week doing work experience in a sector of their choice. Transition activities such as college visits and talks from apprenticeship ambassadors are delivered alongside careers-related schemes in discrete CEIAG lessons, sometimes in partnership with an Educational Psychologist.
A designated member of the Management Committee monitors how Labour Market Information (LMI) is being embedded into the curriculum and subject teachers are actively encouraged to develop ‘real world’ links. Staff will receive regular LMI updates.
Young people are supported on results day/ college enrolment day as necessary and we remain in contact with leavers and parents for at least the first two terms of their post 16 placement.
Working with parents to make them aware of the influential role they play and broaden their perspectives on CEIAG is an area for development in 2014 – 2015.
Local Offer: For children and young people with SEN or disabilities
Does your child have special educational needs and/or a disability?
The ‘Local Offer’ has just been launched to make it easier for parents to find information, services, activities and support.
From things to do, advice about money and preparing for adult life, to information about transport, health and education, it can all be found in one place on Salford City Council’s website:
You’ll also find information about the changes to support for children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities.
If you don’t use the Internet you can call 0161 909 6566 to request a booklet.
You can also look on school’s website to find out about the support at school for children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities.
Some students may be offered Art Therapy at the Canterbury Centre with Simon, our trainee Art Therapist. The sessions last 50 minutes and are offered in a block of six weeks. Art therapy may be useful for young people who find it hard to talk about their problems or for issues that are difficult to describe in words. It may also help to relieve stress and prevent worries from building up.
Mary is our qualified counsellor here at the Canterbury Centre. She works with both students and parents if they require it to help deal with a range of issues.
Zones of Regulation
This is a programme used with all age groups at the Centre that helps young people to understand their sometimes conflicting and difficult emotions and teaches them strategies to help them deregulate themselves.
At the Canterbury Centre, we believe that mental health and wellbeing impacts on everything we do, and we promote and teach mindfulness right across the curriculum.
For those students who are not quite classroom ready, there is the opportunity to join our Nurture Group, which offers a bespoke learning experience; developing the students self esteem and resilience in a smaller learning environment before preparing them to transition over to the main building.
Support for Parents and Carers
We believe that helping a young person to become ready to return to school is a team effort. We ask that our parents become involved in our parenting classes where possible and encourage an open, free flowing dialogue that enables us to creative a supportive network around the family where everyone feels safe and able to communicate honestly.