Local Offer - SEND

Easton & Otley College Additional Learning Support

At Easton & Otley College we encourage and welcome everyone within the community. We believe in the principle of freedom from discrimination regardless of age, gender, disability, sexual orientation, ethnic or national origins, social or religious backrounds. Easton & Otley College also promotes the fundamental British Values of Democracy, The Rule of Law, Individual Liberty, Mutual Respect and Tolerance for those with different faiths and beliefs.

We take our responsibilities under the SEND Code of Practice seriously and actively commit to:

  • Promote equality of opportunity
  • Remove barriers to access, achievement and progression
  • Meet individual needs in ways that make everyone feel valued and respected in order that they can develop
  • Continue the process of inclusive learning

How We Can Support You

If you feel you need support it is important to discuss your additional needs as early as possible to ensure that we plan effectively and ensure a successful college experience. When completing your application form please tick the boxes to indicate whether you have had support at school or in any previous educational setting. Please let us know if you have a statement, LDA or an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP). A member of the Learning Support Team will be available at your interview to discuss and assess your support needs. The Learning Support Team are also represented at our Open Days and Course Advice Days.

Typical support we can provide includes:

  • In class support
  • One to one support
  • Out of lesson support
  • Personal study session support
  • Personal care
  • Supervised lunch and break times
  • Getting to and from taxis/buses
  • Pastoral support

We support students with a wide range of difficulties and disabilities including:

  • Dyslexia
  • Literacy/numeracy difficulties
  • Emotional and behavioural needs
  • Hearing impairments
  • Visual impairments
  • Physical and mobility difficulties
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Mental Health difficulties

We also have a dedicated team of communicator support workers who enable access to communication using a variety of support strategies including British Sign Language. We work closely with the local authority Sensory Support Department who can advise us on all aspects of communication.

Exam Access Arrangements

We have Exam Access Assessors who can carry out an assessment to find the best way to support you if you have had previous support when taking exam or if feel you may struggle.

Next Steps

Before you start your course with us, we’ll ensure we have all the information we need to ensure you have the best College experience from day one. This may include visits to your current education setting, meeting your parents/carers, attending EHCP transitions and reviews and liaising with external agencies. You will have an opportunity to look round the College at our Course Advice Days, Open Days, interview events and Keep in Touch (KIT) days, but we can also arrange for you to look round the campus at a quieter time if you’d prefer, just contact the Additional Learning Support Team to arrange.

Once you’ve enrolled with us you’ll have regular support reviews with the Learning Support Team and if you have an EHCP, an annual review will take place at the College.

Other Support Available at Easton & Otley College

In addition to the Learning Support Team, there is lots of other support you can access at the College, including;

  • Our free, confidential counselling service
  • A 24/7 independent counselling support phone line
  • Our team of friendly Student Advisers who can advise on a number of issues such as travel, finance, careers and progression. Our Student Advisers are also trained in Mental Health First Aid and their information, advice and guidance service is matrix accredited.
  • C-Card Scheme
  • Maths and English coaches
  • Access to a Progress Development Coach (PDC)
  • A Multi-Faith Hub and College Chaplain