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Additional Learning Needs

We work proactively to ensure that all learners have the vital support they need to ensure they can overcome any barriers to learning they may face – through an emotional, physical or learning difficulty.

Our caring and supportive staff are specially trained to ensure that your additional learning needs are recognised and will work tirelessly with you to help you achieve your full potential and reach your goals.

During your time at College you will be encouraged to play a full and active part in College life, including extra-curricular activities and events, as well as having your achievements celebrated at an annual awards ceremony.

For those learners without an ECHP (Educational Health and Care Plan) we provide the opportunity to discuss your individual support needs and recommend a support package which could include:

  • An academic mentor drop-in service to provide additional learning support
  • A pastoral mentor drop-in service for emotional wellbeing needs
  • Assessments relating to exam access and special provisions needed
  • Support with assistive technology, including Read&Write programmes; laptop loans, a scribe, coloured overlays and adapted pens etc.
  • Referrals to our College nurse or safeguarding team if required
  • Advice on alternative courses at a suitable level
  • Reduced class sizes
  • Time-Out cards to allow regular class breaks
  • Tangle Toys to help alleviate stress and anxiety 
  • Transitional support in making the adjustment to College and life after your studies.

For those learners with an ECHP we provide the opportunity to discuss your individual support needs and recommend a support package which could include:

  • One-to-one support (academic/pastoral/SEMH disorders – social, emotional, mental health behaviours)
  • Social support at lunch and break times
  • Reduced class sizes
  • Additional numeracy support – on a one-to-one or small group basis
  • Additional literacy support – on a one-to-one or small group basis
  • External support from ASD (Autistic Spectrum Disorder) specialists
  • External support from a Tutor for the deaf
  • Communication support workers
  • External support from a qualified teacher of the visually-impaired
  • External support from a habilitation specialist with day-to-day functional skills
  • Communication and interactions support – on a one-to-one or small group basis
  • External assessment and support for speech and language issues
  • Support with assistive technology, including Read&Write programmes; laptop loans, a scribe, coloured overlays and adapted pens etc.
  • Time-Out cards to allow regular class breaks
  • Tangle Toys to help alleviate stress and anxiety 
  • Transitional support in making the adjustment to College and life after your studies.

The physical, emotional and learning difficulties we have experience and specialist skills in include: 

  • Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • Moderate Learning Disabilities (MLD)
  • Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH)
  • Hearing Impairment (HI)
  • Visual Impairment (VI)
  • Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD)
  • Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

For important information on assessment for an Education, Health and Care Plan please visit https://www.lancashire.gov.uk/children-education-families/special-educational-needs-and-disabilities/getting-help/assessment-and-support/education-health-and-care-plans/