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PACE - STRAtegy & Impact REport - 2012


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Strategy and impact report - 2012 PACE provides intensive educational programmes that transform the lives of children and young people with physical disabilities and associated learning difficulties. Fundamental to our approach is a belief in every child’s ability to learn and make progress, whatever the physical or sensory challenges they face.

1 /// A Message from the Chief Executive (Page 4) 2 /// What we do (Page 5-9) 05 Our educational approach 07 Our mission and vision 08 Our services 09 Our seven guiding principles 3 /// Our 2012-14 strategy (Page 10-11) 4 /// Our impact and lessons learned (Page 12-15) 12 Our immediate impact on children and families 14 Our longer-term societal impact

Our continual goal is to help our children to become as active and independent as possible in their future lives.


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What we do

Our Educational Approach

Our

Fundamental to our approach is a real belief in every child’s ability to learn and make progress whatever the physical or sensory challenges they face.

therapeutic approaches and our

innovative

combination

of different educational and trans-disciplinary focus is truly unique and is highly effective in

Our educational approach is based on the principle that children with physical disabilities can learn to develop lifelong movement skills which will enable them to become more active and independent in all aspects of their life. We help children to develop problem-solving personalities through specialist intensive learning programmes based on the principles and practice of Conductive Education and augmented by a range of other educational and therapeutic approaches, notably Sensory Integration, Bobath and Augmentative Communication Strategies. This integrated approach is delivered by teams of conductors, occupational therapists, teachers, physiotherapists and speech and language therapists who all work together in a trans-disciplinary way.

A Message from the Chief executive I am extremely pleased to be able to welcome you to this, our first Strategy and Impact report.

PACE has grown strongly, but sustainably, over the past 21 years into a charity providing educational services for over

However, I hope that it also provides the reader with a strong sense of our vision and ambition for the future and the impact that we have on our children and families.

As you will read later, PACE 100 children and their families has grown strongly, but sustainably, over the past Impact reporting is relatively new to us, as it is to many 21 years from a small parent-led organisation serving charities, and we are conscious of the need to develop 5 children in converted farm buildings into a substantial charity providing educational services for over further the way we measure our progress. For instance, our strategy is now expressed internally in a way 100 children and their families. that enables us to measure outputs and outcomes We believe wholeheartedly in our approach because more fully and we are working on better techniques we have seen that it works, but we recognise the need to measure children’s progress in a way that can be to be more transparent about what we do and why it meaningfully aggregated for the Centre as a whole. has a life-changing impact on those we work with. We hope and expect that readers will see further enBecause this is our first such report, it contains a hancements in our ability to measure and articulate significant amount of what might be considered impact in future reports. contextual information – it reaffirms our mission and vision and provides an outline of our history and our Amanda Richardson, Chief Executive educational and therapeutic approach.

Our innovative combination of different educational and therapeutic approaches and our trans-disciplinary focus is truly unique and is highly effective in meeting the total learning needs of the developing child. All aspects of the young child’s developmental needs are addressed in their education at PACE; motor, communication, conceptual, self-care, social and emotional. Our partnership with families is an essential aspect of PACE’s approach. Working together, we help families see and understand not only the challenges that their child faces, but the many abilities and skills they already have and can learn. Parents can therefore enjoy and take pleasure in their young child’s achievements even though each individual step may be small. They can feel positive about their child and their abilities as parents to help their child reach his or her future potential.

“He is able to do things, both academically and physically, that I was initially told by NHS staff that he would never achieve. I’ve no doubt that the PACE staff and way of teaching has directly led to his achievements”. (Parent of child in PACE Secondary)

meeting the total learning needs of the developing child.


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What we do

Our MISSION PACE is a family-centred charity which provides an innovative education for life for children with sensory motor disorders, based on the belief in each child’s ability to learn and tailored to their individual needs. Our programmes are inspired by the principles of Conductive Education and are designed and delivered by trans-disciplinary teams of conductors, teachers, therapists and classroom assistants. These programmes combine all aspects of learning and development to ensure that each child’s potential for an independent life and integration into the community is realised. Supporting, enabling and sharing with families is an integral part of all PACE services. We are committed to continually advancing best practice in our field, through active engagement with other approaches, services and providers.

Our VISION The PACE vision is that every child in the UK with sensory motor disorders, and their family, can access educational and training services aligned with the PACE ethos.

Our children’s current and future needs are at the core of everything we do.


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We are a principles-led organisation, and we aim to ensure that everything we do is aligned to...

Our Seven Guiding Principles

What we do

OUR Services Since 1990, PACE has grown quickly but sustainably from a small parent-led therapy group with 5 children and 3 staff into a charity operating across four sites with over 80 full-time equivalent staff providing services to more than 100 children and their families. Parent and Child Services - Individual and group sessions which provide support and advice to parents whilst exploring ways in which the baby or toddler can begin to learn. Nursery Group - Incorporates i) a dual-placement programme for children who spend time at PACE in addition to their local mainstream nursery, ii) a full-time nursery for children with more complex needs, and iii) a sensory motor nursery for children with complex sensory as well as motor needs. Primary School Services - Provides a full-time integrated curriculum based on the principles and practice of Conductive Education for children aged 5-11. This integrated curriculum incorporates all aspects of the National Curriculum alongside the teaching of self-care, communication and mobility skills. Secondary School Services - This programme, for children aged 11-19, is located within a state-maintained special school in Chesham and is a joint venture between PACE and the local authority. Outreach, Specialist and Sessional Services - These services support children before, during and after transition from PACE into other educational establishments and also offer part-time and/or periodic input for children who have never accessed PACE on a full-time basis. It also incorporates a commissioned occupational therapy service into a special school in Aylesbury.

Our children’s current and future needs are at the very core of everything we do. We believe in every child’s ability to learn, and strive continually to ensure that they receive an ‘education for life’ which enables them to be as independent as possible and to achieve their full potential.

“Our daughter would not be

PACE is a family-centred charity. Supporting, enabling and sharing with families is an integral part of all that we do.

in PACE Secondary)

where she is today without PACE. We as a family would not be where we are today, without PACE”. (Parent of child

We are committed to achieving and continually advancing best practice in our field. The positive impact we can make on our children and families and the reputation we enjoy relies on clinical and educational excellence being embedded within PACE practice and the principles of Conductive Education. Our practice centres on the development of each child as an active independent learner. The dedication of our staff and volunteers is greater than one finds in many organisations. We think that this is an important part of our success. Trans-disciplinary teamwork, collaboration and communication are integral to the way we operate.

“From a parent’s perspective, it feels great to have such good and thorough input. I always feel like I am not doing

We will always seek what is best for our children and families whilst providing value for money to those who fund our work.

enough, but coming to PACE helps me find new ways of introducing therapy through my handling and play with my son”. (Parent of child in P&C)

“I think PACE has had a huge impact on our family. “I have had a huge amount of emotional

As parents PACE input has reduced our overall stress

and practical support from PACE. I cannot

levels as we feel our child is safe and getting excellent

adequately express how grateful I am

clinical care. If we hadn’t had the care we had from

that my daughter has the opportunity

PACE, the overall mental health and function of our

to attend this school”. (Parent of child in

family would have really suffered”. (Parent of child in

PACE Primary)

PACE Outreach)


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Our 2012-14 Strategy Our strategy for the next three years is challenging and genuinely aspirational.

Our strategy is multi-year in nature but we intend to make meaningful progress on each theme in each year.

However, it represents the very minimum that we need to achieve for our children and families.

Our annual Strategy and Impact Report will report on that progress at the end of each year.

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Reinforce and re-articulate PACE ethos, principles and standards Our ethos, principles and standards are critical to what we do and

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Deliver effective succession planning PACE has seen significant leadership change. In order to ensure the

how we do it. We will continue to ensure that they are clearly arti-

ongoing success of PACE, we will complete the transition to our new

culated, disseminated across all our stakeholders and clearly embo-

management structure, rigorously identify and nurture leadership

died in practice.

potential and lay out clear development pathways for all staff.

Maintain and build on our reputation for excellence

Ensure the continued sustainability and future security of PACE

“My child has learnt to be independent

and

confident

through her attendance at PACE. She enjoys school very much and

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Our clinical and educational excellence is critical to the outcomes we

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We have a responsibility to ensure that our ambitions for children

achieve for our children and families. We will maintain and build our

and families are tempered by financial realities. In order to grow

reputation for excellence through increased peer observation and

sustainably, we will work with our statutory partners to ensure an

evaluation, continued investment in training, improved processes

appropriate income for the services we provide and develop new

for measuring children’s development and the development of new

sources of income, both statutory and voluntary. In addition, we will

curriculum areas.

develop an IT and communication strategy more appropriate to the

is highly motivated to learn and to reach her potential”. (Parent of child in PACE Primary)

current size and complexity of PACE. “PACE has provided stability to our family. It takes away a lot of the worry and anxiety especially when trying to map out the future. Also the amount of feedback we get is amazing, and the constant desire to help our child is humbling”. (Parent of child in PACE Nursery)

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Support and enable families through partnership working Supporting, enabling and sharing with families is an integral part of all that we do. In order to reinforce that commitment to our fami-

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Secure and develop a new centre to accommodate our Early Years provision, independence facilities, training and administration

lies, we will continue to develop our “24 hour curriculum” approach,

In order to secure and safeguard appropriate premises for our ser-

establish a counselling service for parents, develop a PACE Parent

vices, we will complete the lease and ultimate purchase of our de-

Partnership and provide an Early Intervention Service for babies re-

velopment site at 156 Wendover Road, secure funding and develop

cently discharged from Special Care Baby Units (SCBU).

the new centre.

Extend the influence of PACE through partnership working with other agencies and establishments Our vision is that every child in the UK with sensory motor disorders,

“He’s developed in so many ways “PACE has provided stability to our family. It takes

that neither us as parents nor

away a lot of the worry and anxiety especially when

his consultant at Great Ormond

PACE as a practice base for training and commission research to

trying to map out the future. Also the amount

Street could have ever hoped for

provide evidence of our effectiveness. We will also develop a main-

of feedback we get is amazing, and the constant

and this has to be mainly down

stream secondary partnership with local schools and enhance the

desire to help our child is humbling”. (Parent of

to PACE”. (Parent of child in PACE

support for young people post-16 and post-19.

child in PACE Nursery)

Primary)

and their families, can access educational and training services aligned with the PACE ethos. To further that vision, we will establish


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We are always eager to learn.

OUR IMPACT AND LESSONS LEARNED

We believe wholeheartedly in our approach because we have seen that it works, but we recognise the need to be more transparent about what we do and why it has a life-changing impact on those we work with.

Our Immediate Impact on Children and Families We believe that our impact is best measured by the views of the families of the children who attend PACE. Throughout this report we have published some of the things that parents said about PACE in our recent Family Survey. The quantitative results* of that survey are shown below. We think they speak for themselves: My child receives excellent therapy at PACE

100%

The quality of teaching is good

100%

My child has made good progress in academic skills at PACE

100%

My child learns well at PACE

100%

PACE offers good feedback on my child’s progress

100%

My child is happier and more self-confident because of their attendance at PACE

98%

My child is more likely to reach their potential because of their attendance at PACE

98%

PACE is a better option for my child than the other alternatives available PACE attends to my child’s emotional, social and psychological development

98% 97%

My child is more likely to be independent because of their attendance at PACE

96%

PACE supports the whole family, rather than just my child

96%

“PACE has supported our son for many years. We are certain he would not have made the progress he has without their constant help, support and encouragement and specialist therapeutic input. The impact of PACE has been key to all our son has achieved”. (Parent of child in PACE Outreach) % reflects numbers strongly agreeing or agreeing with each statement in a representative sample of parents. Overall reponse rate was 49%.

100%

98%

96%

OF PARENTS agree that

of parents agree that

OF PARENTS AGREE THAT

their children receive

their children are more

THEIR children are more

excellent therapy at pace

likely to reach their

likely to be independent

potential because of pacE

because of pace


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We are always eager to learn.

OUR IMPACT AND LESSONS LEARNED Our Longer-Term Societal Impact We know that PACE has a genuine societal benefit. Our children leave PACE more independent than they would otherwise be, reducing the costs of their future care which would otherwise fall primarily upon the state and the voluntary sector. That independence and the academic start they receive also allows many of our pupils to pursue careers of their own and to maximise their contribution to society. That benefit is hard to measure and aggregate, given the very different levels of potential for each individual child but we are starting to develop methodologies through which we can quantify that impact. Our societal impact is perhaps best summed up by the words of Ryan Thompson, a former PACE student currently studying Law at University: “PACE has done a lot for me, furthering my ability to be living on my own, placing me on my current career path and ensuring I have the confidence, skills and ability to succeed independently. Without PACE’s help I would never even be able to dream of such a life. My concentration would be significantly shorter. I would be permanently in my wheelchair unable to transfer when I need to. I would not have had the ability to achieve or cope at university and therefore would have been limited in my career options. In fact I would probably have left school at 16 and be house-bound as I would need help to carefully research where I can go that has the adaptations for me to be able to even go to the toilet. I would require at least two people with me at all times. I would require a live-in carer. I would be nowhere near as good academically as I am now. Therefore, in short, I owe PACE for my life, my career and, most importantly, my independence”. Learning Lessons However, despite all this positive testimony, we know we are not perfect and that there is much more that we can do. We always aim to respond to feedback from our families and to our many other stakeholders and partners so that we can continually improve what we do and the impact that we can make. This year, we have

“PACE has had a great impact on our family. Not only has it provided a safe and excellent education for our son it has also

launched the PACE Parent Partnership and our family survey to improve the flow of information between PACE and its families. We have also strengthened the level of parent participation on our board of trustees and engaged our staff in developing our plans for the future.

given us a ‘family’ to rely on

The result of that process of consultation and debate is our three year strategy

and ask for help when needed”.

outlined earlier in this document. We believe that it is an aspirational plan, but it

(Parent of child in PACE Primary)

is one that will help us to transform the lives of many more children and young people in future years.

PACE: Successfully Achieving Our Goals


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PACE Strategy and Impact Report 2012