Additional Learning Support

Help is available if you have (or think you have) a learning difficulty, disability or medical condition. This includes disabilities such as dyslexia, autism, Asperger’s, hearing loss, visual impairment and physical disabilities. You are welcome to speak informally to any of the Learning Support team about your needs.

The Additional Learning Support  (ALS) Team is a group of specialist tutors and experienced Learning Support Mentors who provide an essential service to support the College’s commitment to equality and diversity and to enhance the learning experience of our students.          

If you have a learning difficulty, disability or medical condition, or think you may have, please give details on your application form or at your interview, or by contacting Learning Support directly. It is also important to tell us if you had special examination arrangements at school, such as the use of a laptop or extra time.

Learners with an EHCP on study programmes (mainstream)

Moving from year 11 at School to College?

If you have an EHCP, you should name the College at your annual review so you can start the transition process. Your SEND case worker at your local authority must then amend your EHCP and consult the College before 31st March 2019. We may then talk to your school and ask to meet you to ensure we can meet your needs and agree your placement.

If you require high needs support funding, your placement at the College will be conditional on your local authority agreeing to fund this in advance of the start of term. This is so we can plan your support package with you and help your transition.

Please make your course application asap so we can invite you to a support interview to discuss your needs. Please bring your EHCP to your interview or email it in advance to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please also contact your local authority asap so you can request an annual review to name the college before March 2019.

 

Moving from another post 16 College within the academic year?

If you have an EHCP and are transferring from another post 16 College within year; your local authority must review and amend, where necessary, your EHCP at least five months before the transfer takes place.

If you require high needs support funding, your placement at the College will be conditional on your local authority agreeing to fund this in advance of your start date. This is so we can plan your support package with you and help your transition.

Please make your course application asap so we can invite you to a support interview to discuss your needs. Please bring your EHCP to your support interview or email it in advance to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

What type of SEND support is available if you have an EHCP?

The Learning Support team will agree a package of support with you and your local authority. This is to help you to achieve on your course, meet the outcomes in your EHCP and so you can be as independent as possible.

You will be allocated a Lead Professional who will ask you what information you want to share with teaching and support staff to support your learning. They will also coordinate your support package and your annual review.

The types of support that may be offered are:

  • Exam access arrangements eg extra time, reader, scribe, for learners with a range of learning difficulties, mobility, medical, or mental health needs that significantly impact on their education
  • BSL communicator and or note taker for learners who are deaf or hearing impaired
  • specialist software to support reading and proofreading for learners with literacy difficulties
  • specialist software, adapted equipment or note takers for learners who are blind or visually impaired
  • personal care for learners who have a physical disability
  • social skills group for learners who have for example an autistic spectrum disorder or Asperger’s
  • integrated speech and language therapy for learners who have for example, significant communication support needs
  • personal evacuation plan for learners with for example anxiety, mobility, medical or sensory support needs
  • safeguarding plan for learners with for example additional vulnerabilities such as mobility, medical, sensory or mental health needs
  • specialist teacher support for learners with dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADHD, ASD, Asperger’s
  • in class support for learners with a range of learning difficulties, mobility, medical, social and emotional or mental health needs that significantly impact on their education

 

What type of support is available, if I do not have an EHCP?

Following an assessment, the types of support that may be offered are:

  • Exam access arrangements eg extra time, reader, scribe, for learners with a range of learning difficulties, mobility, medical, or mental health needs
  • BSL communicator and or note taker for learners who are deaf or hearing impaired
  • specialist software to support reading and proofreading for learners with literacy difficulties
  • specialist software or adapted equipment for learners who are visually impaired
  • social skills group for learners who have for example an autistic spectrum disorder or Asperger’s
  • personal evacuation plan for learners with for example anxiety, mobility, medical or sensory support needs
  • safeguarding plan for learners with for example additional vulnerabilities such as mobility, medical, sensory or mental health needs
  • part-time in class support for learners with a range of learning difficulties, mobility, medical, or mental health needs that significantly impact on their education
  • in class support from a teaching assistant to help learners with ESOL, English or maths support needs

 

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