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Bridge College in Manchester shortlisted for a national award

The Together Trust’s Bridge College in Manchester has been shortlisted for a national award, in recognition for its work in supporting students with profound and multiple learning difficulties (PMLD). 

Natspec, the awarding body, shortlisted Bridge College from more than 50 entries from across the county in the ‘Inter-disciplinary Working’ category for the college’s project ‘Innovation in supporting students with PMLD: Achieving integration of learning and therapy through Physiotherapy and Sensory Sport.’       

Natspec is the national membership association for organisations that offer specialist provision for students with learning difficulties and disabilities.Bridge National Award shortlist April 2020

Lisa Duncalf, Principal of Bridge College, said: “Integrating the work our teams do is one of the key tenants underpinning our success at Bridge College. When a student joins us we work with them to design and implement an individual support plan, tailored to their specific experiences and needs. 

“We integrate the work of each of our multi skilled, expert teams, putting in place strategies to help each student not only to work towards their goals but also to learn new skills, make new friends and enjoy their time at the college. When Natspec got in touch to give us the news they made it clear that overall standard of entries was very high. I’m so proud that our innovative project has been shortlisted for this prestigious national award and I’m very proud indeed of all those involved. Now its fingers crossed we win the award!”    

Integrated therapy support at Bridge College covers five key areas: 

  • Speech and language therapist (SaLT)
  • Positive Behaviour Support 
  • Occupational therapy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Expert assistance in helping students access technology 

Entries now go forward to an independent panel chaired by Nigel Evans, former lead HMI for high needs. The panel will choose a winning entry for each award category and the winners will be announced at the Natspec Principals Forum at Conference Aston in Birmingham on 8 October.  

Bridge College offers specialist education for students aged 16 to 25 with learning difficulties, disabilities, complex health needs and autism. The college, which is located in Openshaw, Manchester, provides personalised support, tailored learning and hands-on life skills to give young people the confidence to exceed their aspirations.


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