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Support for learners with special educational needs & disabilities

Our Additional Learning Support team are here to help you maximise your potential, remove any obstacles to learning and work closely with you to organise support so that you can progress to the next stage in your career.

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.

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
  • transition
  • orientation
  • 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

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.

Get in touch

For information about our learning support services, contact:

  • Additional Learning Support Team
  • 01925 494288
  • learningsupport@wvr.ac.uk

Local Offer

We are part of the Local Offer where each local authority must publish information about services available to young people with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities. This information can include education, health and care services, leisure activities and support.

View our Local Offer.

Useful Information

Emergency cases

If a student has an emergency issue we will deal with this immediately. Please visit Learner Services.

Appointments

Students can request an appointment with our wellbeing or learning support team by dropping into Learner Services or emailing learningsupport@wvr.ac.uk

Follow-up appointments

We will make these within one week of your previous appointment (or at a time that’s convenient for you).

Telephone contact

If we can’t deal with your request immediately we’ll get back to you within 24 hours.

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