Learning Support

All learners are encouraged to disclose any disability or learning difficulty that they may have prior to enrolment so we can make reasonable adjustments to support you with your studies. We will try to ensure that support is in place before you start your studies.

Learners may be referred to Learning Support through their school, their tutor, Progress Coach, Senior Tutor or they may self-refer.

All learners are entitled to an Additional Learning Support (ALS) interview with a member of staff to discuss their individual support needs and concerns.

Learning support may include:

  • A learning facilitator to provide in-class 1:1 or group support
  • An English or mathematics facilitator to support you in your lessons
  • Further assessments for Exam Access Arrangements

For information about Learning Support Services please call into Learner Services, telephone Cath Stanley on 01925 494288 or email learningsupport@wvr.ac.uk

 Transition and Education Health Care Plans

We have an ALS Transition and Support Co-Ordinator who visits schools and attends annual reviews to meet with learners who are interested in progressing to the Collegiate.

We offer:

  • Pre-enrolment visits and opportunities to meet with tutors and support staff
  • Transition visits during the summer break to enable learners to adjust to the college campus
  • Taster days in vocational areas

Exam Access Arrangements

We offer exam access arrangements which are conducted by our Specialist Assessors who are all qualified to Level 7.

Exam Access Arrangements provide learners with support in their examinations, learners may be entitled to:

  • A reader or computer reader
  • A scribe or use of voice recognition technology
  • Extra time
  • Separate room
  • Rest breaks
  • Modified papers
  • A prompt


Dyslexia is a learning difference connected to weaknesses in the area of reading, writing, spelling, memory and cognitive processing.

We have specialist SpLD tutors all qualified to post graduate level or Level 7.

Learners with dyslexia can benefit from:

  • 1:1 or group support in or out of the classroom
  • 1:1 specialist intervention
  • Exam access arrangements

Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

This is an umbrella term to describe learners who have a common set of difficulties that effect communication, social relationships and language skills.

We have staff who have attended trainings with the Ambitious About Autism and who have received management training from the Department for Education project ‘Making Sense of Autism’.

Many of our learning facilitators are trained to Level 2 in Autism and Mental Health awareness.

Learners who are on the autistic spectrum can benefit from:

  • 1:1 or group support in or out of the classroom
  • 1:1 specialist counselling intervention
  • Use of special facilities such as a quiet room
  • Exam access arrangements

Physical Disabilities

Learners who experience limiting physical mobility, dexterity or stamina including such disabilities as:

  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Arthritis
  • Brain injury

Learners may benefit from using lifts and specialist equipment such as: keyboards, ergonomic hardware, large screens, alternative desks and chairs.

We can offer learners a radar key to provide access to specialist changing and toilet facilities.

Learners who experience limiting physical mobility, dexterity or stamina can benefit from :

  • 1:1 or group support in or out of the classroom
  • 1:1 specialist counselling intervention
  • Use of special facilities
  • Exam access arrangements


All learners can drop into learner services to speak to an advisor, we offer the following services:

  • Information, advice and guidance on a range of topics
  • A confidential counselling service available for those who need it
  • Pastoral and well-being support from our welfare team
  • A multi-faith room for those needing personal contemplation.

General information:

Emergency cases

If a student has an emergency issue we will deal with this immediately


Students can request an appointment with our wellbeing or learning support team by dropping into learner services, calling the learner services administrator on 01925 494505 or via email to 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.

Young People Looked After and Care Leavers

If this is you, we provide specialist support and guidance to help you enrol at College and settle in well once you’re here.

For more information please call into Learner Services.

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