Support can be provided in or outside of the classroom, with exams and assessment and in the wider college environment. We will make sure the support is exactly what you need and we will regularly review it throughout the year to ensure it continues to meet your needs.
Accessing learning support
When you apply for a course you are encouraged to disclose any disability or learning difficulty on the application form, or as early as possible, so that we can make reasonable adjustments to support you with your studies. We will always try to ensure that support is in place before you start your course.
You may be referred to learning support through your school, tutor, Progress Coach, Senior Tutor or you may self-refer.
Who do we support?
Our Additional Learning Support team can support learners who have a range of additional support needs including:
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Specific learning difficulties including Dyslexia, Dyspraxia or Dyscalculia
- Medical conditions
- Visual stress
- Social, emotional and mental health
- Moderate learning difficulties
- ADD or ADHD
- Mobility difficulties
- Communication difficulties
- Sensory impairments including hearing and visual
- Speech, language and communication needs
What support do we offer?
The college offers a variety of additional learning support methods depending upon the individual’s needs. We also offer to support students with SEND with their transition into college. Support may include:
- A Learning Facilitator giving in-class support
- Learning facilitators for English and/or maths
- As assessment for exam access arrangements
- Assistive technologies and software
Transition and education health care plans
We visit schools and attend annual reviews to meet with applicants who are interested in progressing to our college. We offer:
- Pre-enrolment visits and opportunities to meet with tutors and support staff
- Transition visits during the summer break to help learners adjust to the college campuses
- Taster days in the vocational subject areas
If you have an Educational Health Care Plan (EHCP), we will produce a bespoke support plan outlining the support that you need at college, which can include:
- in class support (prompts, readers and scribe)
- mobility support
- note taking
- specialist resources and equipment (laptops with assistive software, Dictaphone and reader pens)
- modification of learning materials (grade 2 braille and modified large print)
- lunchtime support
- meet and greet
- exam access arrangements *
- support in and out of timetabled sessions from experienced Learning Support Assistants and Study Support Mentors
- assistive technology coaching, mentoring and support
Specialist tutors can give 1:1 or small group support that is additional to your timetabled classes to look at areas such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia, literacy, numeracy and language support.
Exam access arrangements
Our Specialist Assessors can provide exam access arrangements if required including:
- A reader or computer reader
- A scribe or use of voice recognition technology
- Extra time
- Separate room
- Rest breaks
- Modified papers
- A prompt
The support we offer is all about you and your learning needs. We will make every effort to tailor support to meet individual learner needs. We believe that high quality support is an imperative part of student success and will enable each individual to reach their academic potential.