Disabilities, learning difficulties and health issues
Our expert team is on hand if you have disabilities, health problems or learning difficulties and can support you with your studies. We provide support for additional learning needs including dyslexia, ADHD, Asperger’s Syndrome and autism, as well as mental health issues.
Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)
Northampton College is committed to delivering the provisions of the Children and Families Act 2014. We embrace our statutory duty to fulfil our obligations under the SEND Code of Practice for those aged up to 25 and are committed to making every effort to meet your support needs.
Specialist support and teaching
You'll have access to a range of specialist support including:
- Autism/Asperger's Syndrome - if you would like more information on Autism Spectrum Condition support and our Autism Transition Pathway, please click here
- Mental health needs
- Sensory impairment needs.
- Additional teaching
- In class support
- Communicators, Braille, note takers, enlarged or voice file hand outs
- Access to assistive technology
- Special arrangements to help with exams
- Assistance with personal care
- Access to information, advice and guidance from our Student Services team
- Help with development of literacy, numeracy, language and study skills
- Support with English for Speakers of Other Languages.
In addition to providing learning support for students across the college, we also offer specialist courses designed for students with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. Further information on our Supported Learning Study Programmes can be found here.
We invite all students who declare a learning difficulty or disability to an assessment so we can advise them and enable them to make the right choices about their future education.
Students that have an Education Health and Care Plan will be offered an appointment with a specialist teacher and support staff as appropriate. In addition, the College holds specialist open events to provide all students with special educational needs and disability with an opportunity to discuss support prior to enrolment.
English, maths and language skills
Don’t worry if English is not your first language, or if you have difficulty with maths and English. Our specialist maths and English team is here to help you improve your skills including support with language development.
What is an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP)?
An EHCP can be issued to a child or young person between the ages of 0 and 25 years. It is a legal document that describes a child or young person's special educational, health and social care needs. It explains the extra help that will be given to meet those needs and how that help will support the child or young person to achieve what they want to in their life. The plan is drawn up by the local authority after a specialist needs assessment.
If you have an EHC plan the College’s specialist team will work with you towards the outcomes in the plan and review your support needs with you whilst you are at college. It is important to remember that you must inform the Local Authority that you intend to study at Northampton College, before you make a course application.
If you would like to apply for an EHC plan you will need to talk to your current school, college or specialist setting.
For further information on EHC plans click here.
Alternatively, if you have an EHC plan and are interested in studying a Supported Learning course you can also call 01604 736544, otherwise call 01604 736261
Sign language support
Deaf and hearing impaired students are given equal access to college life and the opportunity to achieve their full potential, thanks to our Additional Learning Support team.
Whilst the college has its own team of Communication Support Workers, the college also has close link with Deaf Hub to provide students with the best level of support possible. For more information on Deaf Hub please click on the logo below or take a look on their facebook page - www.facebook.com/deafhubcic
What help will I need?
You will have the chance to meet with a hearing impairment practitioner when you apply for a course to discuss the level of support you will need.
Once you have started, our practitioner will continually monitor your needs and make any changes if necessary.
What help is available?
Our dedicated communication support workers assist our deaf and hearing impaired students in all aspects of college life by:
- Providing sign language translation in either British Sign Language (BSL) or Signed Supported English (SSE) for students in lessons
- Taking notes for students
- Offering extra support for students outside of lessons (e.g. help with assignments, modifying course materials)
- Sign language support during enrichment activities.
Our communication support workers are qualified in BSL at Level 2, 3 and above.