Halesowen College is rated 6th in the National Centre for Diversity’s Top 100 most inclusive workplaces, recognising commitment to promoting a welcoming and inclusive environment for staff and students, including those with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). At Halesowen College you will find an inclusive environment that meets your individual SEND needs, that supports you to achieve your full potential both personally and professionally, with a focus on supporting you to achieve your goals and future aspirations.
If you disclose a health condition, you will be asked about this in more detail, so that you can be kept safe in college.
The values at Halesowen College incorporate Inclusion, Care, Ambition and Respect where both staff and student’s wellbeing is paramount, and where everyone can be themselves. The College actively encourages you to disclose your SEND requirements as early as possible so that we can endeavour to meet them as soon as possible, so you can Learn, Succeed and Flourish.
What Ofsted said about support for learners with SEND and high needs during inspection, September 2023:
Learners with high needs complete self-assessment to identify the skills they need to develop during their time at college. They review their skills, such a communication, resilience, confidence and independence. Learners improve their self-confidence and cope better with anxiety.
Learners with additional learning support needs, including those with high needs, receive the support they need to make similar progress to their peers. Teaches work well with learning suppor staff. They work closely to enusre that support asistants undertstand the curriculum and what each of the learners they are supporting are studying.
Halesowen College provides high quality support for you during your time here to:
Halesowen College is committed to:
There are several ways that your Special Educational Needs and/or Disability may be identified:
There is also the opportunity for your college teachers to make a referral to the Learning Support Team if they feel you require additional support.
Education Health Care Plans (EHCP)
We work closely with several local authorities to ensure that, if you have an EHCP, your identified needs and support provision can be met at Halesowen College in line with the SEND agenda.
If you have an EHCP or are particularuyt anxious about starting colege. we will provide you with additonal transiton activies and support to ensure that your move from school to college is as smooth as possible, making you feel confident in the college environment. Your transituoin may include:
If you have and EHCP you will be allocated a Key Worker from the Learning Support Team. Your Key Worker will:
The Hive in 5
The Hive in 5 is an accessible facility for all SEND students to access. The facility provides universal support during the day from 8.30am until 4.30pm. It is a quiet space, with a small sensory area that may be needed for self-regulating activity The Hive in 5 is located within a quiet are of the college but remains an integral part of the mainstream provision.
o Fun activities take place that support the development of ‘soft’ and ‘new’ skills, that include communication skills, problem solving, confidence, independence, maths and English as well as understanding emotions achieved through social activities.
At Halesowen College you will be part of a tutor group and have an dedicated Persocal Coach. You will have regular contact with your Personal Coach and they will:
Head of Student Support
As well as the Learning Support Team and Personal Coach, you will have a Head of Student Support who you can talk to, to discuss any other support you feel you may need. The Head of Student Support will liaise with the Personal Coach and Learning Support to make any adaptations to support required.
For further information on how our Learning Support Team can support you click here