Additional Learning Support
The Additional Learning Support team at Yeovil College aims to ensure that the principles within the SEND reforms are met across the College campus.
We set out to ensure that:
- Young people and their families are central to the of discussions around the support we provide;
- The support offered takes into account young people’s health, care and educational needs as set out in their EHCP or as assessed elsewhere;
- Person-centred reviews are provided ensuring young people meet their individualised goals and their EHCP outcomes are reviewed effectively;
- We work closely with the young person’s local authority to access all aspects of the services available in the area;
- We focus and prepare young people for adulthood, including employment, independent living or higher level courses.
- The curriculum provides opportunities for students with learning difficulties to progress and achieve towards their preparation to adulthood.
Our Foundation Learning programmes are suited to those students who need additional support and time to help them progress to a full study programme, live independently or move into paid employment. Students will work towards the achievement of an externally accredited qualification, with many students progressing internally, onto a Level 1 Yeovil College qualification or onto our Supported Internship programme at Yeovil College.
SEND Work & Careers
Work experience is built into many of our Foundation Learning programmes, and learners will be supported to find voluntary or paid employment, depending upon their level. Students on our Supported Internship programmes, for example, may progress to a 20 hour per week work experience placement. However, work experience is not for everyone, and we work hard to offer individualised solutions for all students. Work experience and supported internships are delivered at Yeovil College, Yeovil District Hospital, local employers, community organisations and within the wider community.
Foundation Learning students spend a large proportion of their time, around 200 hours, working with business managers from across Yeovil College, some even have industry places within the college, which often progress to Supported Internships. Students regularly work on projects such as delivering post, supporting marketing activities and selling and enterprise. Foundation Learning students are present right across the college in a supportive and helpful capacity and have become a true business asset and support to all at Yeovil College.
FAQs and Support
A referral to discuss potential additional support can be made at the following stages:
- School referral or Local Authority Referral via an Education, Health and Care Plan;
- Pre-entry identification (during interview);
- Parent/carer referral;
- As part of a transition programme.
Our specialist team work closely with schools, specialist providers and external organisations, attending termly, and/or annual reviews, where applicable, to ensure relevant information is identified prior to a student enrolling at the College.
Discussions could include: progression routes, transition programmes and individual support needs.
Once a student has enrolled, referrals can be made through the following:
- Screening assessment;
- Self referral;
- Tutor referral;
- Parent/carer referral.
We can help in several ways:
Learning Link Tutor Support
Our Learning Link tutors and learning support practitioners work across College or in the Learning Link area of the Learning Resource Centre (LRC) to provide students with 1:1 or small group specialist to help with their studies.
This team supports students with a wide range of specific learning difficulties and/or disabilities. They offer 1:1 or small group teaching, assessments for examination access arrangements, specialist equipment and software, as well as supporting strategies for alternative ways to learn.
For more information , call our Additional Learning Support team on 01935 845361 or email firstname.lastname@example.org , or call our iZone Team on 01935 845459 , or email iZone@yeovil.ac.uk
Specialist Individual Support Sessions
Time tabled alongside a study programme, specialist individual support sessions will be focused on assignment work, time management and practising strategies for examinations.
Learning Link Centre
Our learning link centre is a quieter area of study where access to computers and specialist software is also available. Pop in for guidance and support or to book a specific 1-1 session.
Small Group Workshops
Our smaller group workshops give you the opportunity to develop skills identified by Learning Link Tutors in small groups and help you to develop the confidence and communication skills you will need for the future.