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Our specialist facilities for learners with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.

 

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Learner Support

At Dudley College we provide support to many students for a range of individual needs. Whether you require personal care, one to one support in class, mentoring or support with your finances, we have staff who will help you to enjoy your time at college and achieve your true potential.

There are several ways we identify learners with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). This may be through liaison with Connexions or your local authority for those learners with an Education, Health and Care Plan or Transition Plan. For those learners without one it may be through interview, application form or enrolment form. There are also opportunities for learners to self-refer at any point during their course.

Education Health and Care Plans

The college is committed to meeting the SEND agenda and works closely with Local Authorities to ensure the needs of young people with Education, Health and Care Plans are met. We have a range of support available for young people as detailed below. In addition we can arrange the following:

(The list below is not exhaustive but gives a flavour of support available.)

  • Escorted visits to college to support students with choosing provision
  • Personalised transition plan to ensure a smooth process for students moving from school to college
  • Informal meetings with staff who will teach or support students prior to starting college
  • A transition officer to plan and support your successful transition into college

If you would like more information please contact our Learning Support Team on 01384 363 302


Dyslexia/Dyscalculia/Dyspraxia

  • 1:1 or small group sessions working on coping strategies and study skills
  • Read/write gold software
  • Access to other assistive technologies - dictaphone
  • Access to a lap top – if appropriate and following assessment
  • Examination Access Arrangements – extra time, a reader or scribe – following assessment
  • A full diagnostic assessment of Dyslexia
  • Support with visual stress

Read more about dyslexia, dyscalculia and dyspraxia support.

English, Maths, English Language

  • Small group support outside of class on a weekly basis to develop your English, maths or English language skills
  • Support in class from an Educational Support Assistant
  • A reader or scribe for in-class

Read more about English, maths and English language support.

Visual Impairment

  • Software packages – JAWs, Supernova and Guide
  • Hardware – large font keyboards/magnifiers
  • Texts in alternative formats – MP3 document, large print etc
  • Support in class from an Educational Support Assistant
  • Sighted Guide – where appropriate
  • Examination Access Arrangements – extra time, a reader or scribe
  • Support from the Local Authority Visual Impairment team – assistive technologies, monitoring visits
  • A Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan

Hearing Impairment

  • Sign Language Support Worker
  • Support in class from an Educational Support Assistant
  • A scribe in class
  • Hearing Loop
  • Support from the Local Authority Hearing Impairment team – Teacher of the Deaf, assistive technologies, monitoring visits
  • Examination Access Arrangements - extra time, a reader or scribe
  • A Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan

Physical Disability

  • Support moving around college
  • Support in class from an Educational Support Assistant
  • Amanuensis
  • A lift key to access all floors
  • A Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan
  • Personal Care – as appropriate
  • Examination Access Arrangements - extra time, a reader or scribe
  • A Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan

Autism/Asperger's/ADHD

  • Support in class from an Educational Support Assistant
  • Examination Access Arrangements - extra time, a reader or scribe
  • Drop in sessions with Autism Outreach
  • Emotional support from a mentor or counsellor
  • A quiet space for break times

The Learning Hub can be contacted on 01384 363 635


Counselling

We have fully trained counsellors to support you with issues which may be affecting your studies, these may be:

  • Relationships & friendships
  • Loss or life changes
  • Feeling depressed or anxious
  • Stress & worry
  • Anger management
  • Abuse & domestic violence
  • Obsessions & addictions
  • Eating disorders
  • Phobias
  • Forced marriage

The Counselling Office can be contacted on 01384 363 293