Support for learners with special educational needs & disabilities

You are encouraged to disclose any disability or learning difficulty, 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 course.

You may be referred to learning support through your school, tutor, Progress Coach, Senior Tutor or you may self-refer.

Learning support can include:

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

To view our Local Offer, please click here.

 

Transition & education health care plans

We have an ALS Transition and Support Co-ordinator who visits schools and attends 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

Please contact Cath Stanley on 01925 494288 for more information.

Exam access arrangements

Our Specialist Assessors who are all qualified to Level 7 provide exam access arrangements if required. 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

Dyslexia is a learning difficulty in either reading, spelling, memory and cognitive processing.

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

Learners with dyslexia can benefit from:

1 to 1 or group support in or out of the classroom
1 to 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 that have attended training with the ‘Ambitious About Autism’ team and many of our learning facilitators are trained to level 2 in Autism and Mental Health awareness.

Learners on the autism spectrum can benefit from:

1 to 1 group support in our out of the classroom
Use of special facilities such as our prayer/contemplation room (during lunch time hours)
Exam access arrangements

Physical Disabilities

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

Cerebral Palsy
Muscular Dystrophy
Arthritis
Brain injury

Learners may benefit from using lifts and specialist equipment such as: keyboards, 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 to 1 or group support in or out of the classroom
Use of special facilities such as our prayer/contemplation room (during lunch time hours)
Exam access arrangements

Wellbeing

All learners can pop into Learner Services and speak to a Health & Wellbeing Advisor.  We offer the following services:

Information, advice and guidance on a range of topics
Pastoral and well-being support from our wellbeing team
A multi-faith room for those needing personal contemplation

For information about our learning support services, please telephone Rachel Coyle on 01925 494257 or email learningsupport@wvr.ac.uk

 

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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