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 backgrounds. 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

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, 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 study support
  • Personal care
  • Supervised lunch and break times
  • Getting to and from taxis/buses
  • Pastoral support

In assessing your support needs, the College will exercise reasonable judgement and make reasonable adjustments on an individual basis. This judgement and the decision on support will be determined by the Learning Support Team in liaison with the Curriculum & Quality Managers and Student Services Managers, based upon information supplied by the Local Authority in an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP).

Upon receipt of an EHCP consultation from the Local Authority, prospective students are invited to discuss their additional support needs at the point of their course interview. If necessary, this consultation will then be passed to the College’s High Needs Panel, in which a range of managers from the College meet to discuss students’ needs and respond to the consultation.

Further to this, an application may be made to the Local Authority as per their criteria, to request additional funds in order to provide an appropriate level of support. The support that is delivered is reviewed regularly by the ALS Team in consultation with the study programme tutors and parent/guardians, the young person and any other relevant professionals via an Annual Review.

Easton & Otley College offers vocational courses from Entry level to Degree level. The College provides courses and support for students with a range of learning difficulties and disabilities but it is not a specialist LDD college.

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.

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.

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 facilitators
  • Success Coaches
  • A Multi-Faith Hub and College Chaplain

The teaching/curriculum staff may also make adaptations for a student with SEN through:

  • Differentiated work
  • Visual Timetables/prompts
  • Quiet room access
  • Support with visual stress (eg. Overlays, coloured paper)
  • Access arrangements for exams
  • Assistive technology
  • Access to Laptops and Net books
  • Hearing loop system for HI students

Examples of accessibility at Easton and Otley College:

  • First Aid room
  • Quiet room
  • Interactive equipment (white boards)
  • Hearing loop system
  • Assistive technology
  • Communication support workers
  • Automatic doors

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.