At Halesowen College we are proud to provide a high level of support based on your specific individual needs. With such a diverse range of students, your needs will be identified and the right support provided, at the right time. The Learning Support Team will support you, whatever course you are on, working with your current Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP). 

This could include:

  • Support from a Learning Support Assistant in class
  • Adapted technology and resources
  • Use of accessibility software
  • Access to college wellbeing and counselling service
  • Regular tutorials, twice a week, with your Personal Coach
  • Support from your Head of Student Support
  • One to one mentoring
  • Meet and greet
  • Support to access college coaches (see Fitness to Travel Policy here)
  • Personal care support, including medication
  • Break and lunch time support
  • Exam access arrangements
  • Mental health and well-being checks
  • Pastoral care
  • Self-calming
  • Enrichment activities organised in the SEND facility, The Hive in 5
  • Specific support if you:
    • are hearing or sight impaired
    • are Autistic
    • have ADHD
    • have a physical need
    • have a mental health challenge
    • have anxiety
    • have a specific learning difficulty

The Learning Support Team consist of experienced, friendly and approachable staff who are here to listen to you and who are qualified in:

  • Reviewing your EHCP to ensure it is up to date and reflects you as a learner now, along with relevant outcomes and the support you need to achieve these
  • Manual handling 
  • Infection control
  • Medication control
  • Sign language
  • Safeguarding
  • Person centred approach
  • Learning disabilities 
  • Supporting learners in class and out of class
  • Supporting you to become more independent and confident

There are 3 levels of support available at Halesowen College, click the links below to find out more.

Level 1

Your individual needs will be discussed with your Personal Coach during tutorial and communicated to the curriculum staff involved in your learning journey. It may include the following:

  • Provision of lesson materials on Moodle
  • Adapted learning strategies and resources within the classroom to support SpLD
  • Use of accessibility software to support a range of individual needs
  • Access to the college counselling service
  • Tutorial with Personal Coach on a regular basis
Level 2

Support at Level 2 can be requested via  a referral from your Personal Coach to the Learning Support Team if you both feel that an assessment for additional support is required. This may include:

  • Provision of support equipment through the Learner Support Fund
  • Additional support from external agencies to support Autism, hearing impairment etc.
  • One to one or group mentoring
  • An assessment by a qualified assessor to identify reasonable adjustments for formal examination based on your normal way of working or medical condition, supported by medical evidence
  • Access to a quieter space when needed
  • Trusted adult
Level 3

Level 3 support is provided based on the specific support need outlined in Section F of your EHCP.

“The college has helped me as an autistic student by adapting the work to the right standard for me to understand the work. The teachers also break down the work for me to understand. The college makes me feel valued and accepted as a student who has autism.” – Lianne Nicholls

Contact Learning Support

If you would like to discuss your support needs further, or for more information, please contact the Learining Support Team.

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