Starting College is an exciting time, however we recognise it can be a daunting prospect for some, and possibly more so for those with additional learning support needs. 1 in every 4 students starting at college has a support need. They may have dyslexia, autism, ADHD, mental health difficulties or a medical condition or many other additional learning needs.
The support model for a student at college often differs from that of schools, and in some cases it can mean they receive more support. The key point is that any support provided will allow a student to become more independent in the classroom and prepare them for life after college whether this is university, Apprenticeship or employment.
Support takes many forms in College, initially provided by Tutors and Progression Specialists, and from other services within the College if they are required. Study support is available to all students who have declared a need during the application and enrolment process. Prior to students enrolling, all teachers are made aware of the students who have declared a support need, so that they can adapt their lessons to suit different learning needs.
Progression Specialist / Student Support Tutor
These staff ensure that students progress through their study programme and reach their full potential. The team provides pastoral support and academic support as well as monitoring attendance and assisting with your next destination.
High Needs Support
Teaching Assistants work 1 to 1 in class with students who have high and complex needs and an education and health care plan.
Adult Study Support
Adult learners can find studying difficult for a number of reasons and are also able to access support in College. Simply go to Student Services or speak to your teachers if you feel you need an appointment.
The College can provide assistive technology to students who would benefit from using it. For example, it could be as simple as providing an ergonomic pen, or showing the student a range of apps and software, which could help them to become more independent. Laptops are available for students to use for written tasks, however, students are welcome to bring in their own devices. We encourage students to use a suite of apps called MyStudyBar. It has lots of apps which can help with independence in the classroom; text to speech, proof reading, coloured overlays, and mind mapping tools. It can be downloaded for free onto any laptop or computer.
In Class Support
In the first weeks of induction, staff will meet with students with a declared need and will discuss their support requirements and develop a support plan.
This could include:
- the type of support the student would like
- adaptations to course materials
- strategies that the teacher can use to support the student
- strategies which a student could try to help develop their independence in the classroom.
We have a number of students who require Access Arrangements in exams, such as extra time. Please ensure you inform us of any such arrangements as they cannot be carried over from school.
Does your son or daughter have a support need?