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Additional Learning Support

John Ruskin College promotes equality of opportunity for all students

  • If you consider that you have a disability, a learning difficulty or particular support need we will make the reasonable adjustments to meet your needs
  • John Ruskin College is a fully inclusive College with experienced and dedicated staff who will work to help you through your studies and College life
  • All support is specific to each individual, and before you start at John Ruskin College, meetings are held with you to establish your individual needs and preferences, so that provision can be put in place, appropriately. You may like to bring along a parent / guardian / keyworker / carer or friend to your interview. Together we will develop your Additional Support Plan and discuss your progression route
  • Once you have submitted your application you will be given the opportunity to discuss with the Additional Learning Support team your needs and how we can best support you during your time at John Ruskin College. During the ALS initial assessment, advice and guidance is provided on the applicant’s eligibility for support and the range of appropriate support options available. Your application will be carefully reviewed to ensure that you will be able to make positive progression from your starting point at John Ruskin College
  • We understand that other provision may be necessary and we will work with you and your home local authority when applicable to identify what additional systems and resources are required to support you to succeed
  • Our main objective is to support learners to develop their autonomy in preparation for work and independent living. For this reason, support may be reduced or amended as learners progress through the curriculum provision
  • Additional learning support systems are in place to support students enrolled on the Level 1 courses who need further help with their literacy, numeracy and language skills.

1. Who can /we cater for/ we support?

We are an inclusive mainstream College and we aim to meet the needs of students with special educational needs (SEN) or disability. Our students are aged between 14 and 19 years old and include those who may have the following needs:

  • communication and interaction needs
  • cognition and learning needs
  • emotional and mental health difficulties
  • physical and sensory needs
  • health and medical conditions
  • language difficulties, dyslexia, dyscalculia and dyspraxia.

2. How do we support students with SEN or disability?

Our priority is to ensure that the quality of support is high throughout the College provision. Part of our criteria for a good and outstanding support is that the needs of students with SEN are met appropriately.

  • We have high expectations of our students’ standard of achievement and behaviour including those with SEN or disability
  • We considered the needs of the students with SEN in the learning environment and we will vary our strategies by using a graduated approach (assess, plan, do review) where appropriate to meet their needs
  • Additional learning support and teaching staff work closely together in assessing and supporting students with SEN or disability
  • Support programme plans are regularly reviewed and can include 1 to 1 support, in class support, small group support, workshops, escorting and comfort support, graduated intervention plan, access to assistive technologies, exam concessions arrangements when appropriate, counselling and coaching, access to a designated support area known as the Hive, guidance to improve study skills, adapted documents and materials, hearing loop
  • Support from external partners such as counsellors and advice from specialists such as speech and language therapists and specialist assessors are included in our programme of interventions
  • Students in receipt of support are invited to give their views and we aim to ensure that they contribute to various platforms and forums to give their feedback
  • ALS targets and intended outcomes are reviewed with students who are encouraged to discuss their content and where they feel they could be adapted.

In addition we have:

  • Well qualified and trained staff to support students with English and Maths
  • Learning support staff, behavioural and teaching assistants working in the 14 to 16 provision as well as in Level 1 groups, providing intensive support to students who require additional support in accordance with their identified needs and/or in English and Maths
  • We make reasonable adjustments in the learning environment, our resources and equipment to meet a range of needs and to ensure all students have access to all aspects of the curriculum.

3. How can you tell us about your needs?

Our admissions process allows you to disclose your support needs at an early stage, using the application form or the enrolment form so that we can put in place the support that you may need at the start of your programme:

  • If you complete the application form online, please select the relevant fields. If you complete a printed version of the application form, please tick the correct boxes
  • A Learning Needs Questionnaire will be sent to you, please take time to complete it
  • Please bring the recommended documentation to your interview
  • Once you are enrolled on the course, you can speak to your tutor who will refer you to the ALS Team or you can approach the ALS team located in the Learning Centre. You will then be contacted by one of the ALS staff to discuss your needs in more detail and to determine what services you may require, given your individual circumstances
  • If an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan is in place, the College will need to implement the requirement for support in line with statutory requirements. If the estimated costs of the support exceeds £6000, discussions will take place with the applicant’s local authority before support is agreed.

It is important that you disclose your needs at the earliest possible opportunity so that the College can put the reasonable adjustments in place for you promptly. The timing and the scope of the implementation of your support programme will be dependent on the timing of your disclosure.

4. What the College will do with your confidential information

The Learning Services Department needs to hold information about you, so that we can support you. Any personal information that you give to us will be processed in accordance with the UK Data Protection Act 2018.

The Learning Services Department staff in charge of the additional learning support (ALS) cannot carry out their role without access to the student’s confidential records. These records could be, for example: DSA letters, needs assessment and diagnostic assessment reports, EHCP and any other special education needs and disability reports, schools and ALS records. These documents are required to confirm the funding and the additional support required. Staff will need to use these documents in their professional role to establish a learner’s appropriate learning support plans. Both paper and e-records are required to be stored by the ALS department and be ready for inspections by external services.

We will use your personal information to:

  • Make arrangement for your additional learning support at John Ruskin College or to be supported by any other appropriate in- house or external services
  • Enable us to compile statistics where you will not be identified as an individual
  • Meet the requirements placed upon us by external agencies including the auditing processes. In these instances, if your records are selected for the audit, these will be transferred for the inspection, enabling them to see your personal data contained in the ALS Records and then be destroyed by the auditors upon completion of the audit.
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As part of its funding agreement with the Skills Funding Agency, John Ruskin College vocational courses are part or fully funded by the European Social Fund.