Additional Learning Support
Loreto College Local Offer
As part of the Children and Families Act, a Local Offer is a requirement for schools, colleges and local authorities to publish the provision available to children and young people with special educational needs (SEN) or disabilities.
Below is a comprehensive overview of our provision from both the parent/carer and young person’s perspectives based on guidance provided by the local authority.
Pathways coordinator: Mrs Debbie Hadfield.
Mainstream Additional Learning Support
The Mainstream ALS department prides itself on the support we offer to students with a whole range of additional needs, including:
- Hearing and Visual impairments
- Mobility issues
- Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties
- Specific Learning Differences such as Dyslexia, Dyspraxia and Autistic Spectrum Disorder
- Moderate Learning Difficulties
- Medical conditions that may impact on a student’s access to the curriculum
The level of support can range from in class support, weekly mentoring sessions, lunchtime social groups, exam access arrangements, personal care and the loan of equipment such as laptops, scanning pens and accessible software.
The department consists of staff with an array of skills including Educational Support Assistants with specialisms in supporting students with ESOL and Literacy issues along with subject specialists in areas such as Maths, ICT, History and Physics. The department also has two Specialist Teachers as well as dedicated coordinators of ALS personal development and Exam Access Arrangements.
Testing & Exam Concessions
Every year at Loreto, a large number of students are assessed by the Colleges Specialist Teachers to enable students to access Exam Access Arrangements during their time at Loreto. Students with more complex difficulties which might need further investigation may be assessed by an independent Educational Psychologist.
Students who have a disability, learning difference or medical problem may be entitled to additional support in their exams. The support given enables them to have the same advantages as the rest of the students in the group and it is important for their success that they use the support we offer and not to feel uncomfortable about it. There are approximately 150 – 200 students in College who have some form of support in the exams.
The additional support we are allowed to give is;
- Extra Time
- Computerised Reader
- Voice Activated Software
- Practical Assistant
- Supervised rest breaks
- Word processor
- Room on own
- Modified paper – enlarged paper, braille papers and tactile diagrams, coloured papers
Study skills support is offered to mainstream students across the college to ensure that they have the support and skills they need to reach their full potential. After an initial assessment and interview to identify the needs of the student we will then determine the support needed throughout the rest of the year.
This support may include:
- In class support in some lessons.
- Additional 1:1 support for a specific subject
- 1:1 support to address problems with organisation, motivation, essay writing revision and examination techniques;
Poor working memory can be caused by many factors including acquired brain injuries and is sometime associated with specific learning difficulties such as Dyslexia and ADHD. The department has access to an exciting training programme for ALS students called Cogmed. Cogmed Working Memory is a programme that aims to improve students’ working memory.
Onwards From Loreto
The Mainstream ALS department also supports students in their transition to Further and Higher Education. Mainstream ALS students benefit from:
- Mentoring through their university choices and applications in 1:1 appointments.
- Help making links with key external organisations to help establish alternative post college provision for students such as work placements and apprenticeships.
- Assistance and advice on accessing financial support and helping students who may be eligible to apply for Disabled Students Allowances.
- Help making links with university learning support departments.
- Access to learner specific events such as;
- Deaf Learners Events.
- Induction events for students with Autism or Aspergers Syndrome.
Loreto College provides a Personal Development Programme for students who are identified as having complex needs that go beyond academic performance. Our Personal Development Programme works alongside our study skills and post college progression services, offering a collaborative, student-centred approach to Mainstream ALS at the college.
Students accessing the Programme work closely with one of our Educational Support Assistants who will act as a Mentor. The students will receive weekly appointments and will work with their mentors to:
- Establish a Personal Development Plan. This is used to guide the students’ support and progression through college by identifying strengths, working through challenges and setting achievable objectives.
- Develop strategies to help the student overcome academic and personal challenges that they may face.
- Monitor their weekly progress, identifying achievements and areas for development.
- Carry out progress reviews at key points throughout the academic year to ensure the student is receiving appropriate support and is on track to achieving their goals.
- All buildings have key card operated lifts allowing quick and efficient access to the whole campus on all floors.
- Disabled toilets can be found on every floor of each of the college buildings alongside dedicated mobility bathrooms with ceiling tracking hoists and Closimat toilets for students that require personal care.
- Rest room for students who want to take a break from their chair during the day
- Our experienced mobility team are able to offer individual plans to ensure students are appropriately supported.
- All paths around the exterior of the campus are wheelchair friendly with dropped kerbs and our three canteens are equipped with specially designed tables and counters for wheelchair users.
- We provide a range of portable equipment; hoists, adjustable desks and wheelchairs, allowing for a greater level of flexibility.
With this combination of excellent equipment and experienced staff Loreto College is able to offer the best and most appropriate support to any student with a mobility issue whether temporary or long term.
First Aid Room
The First Aid Room (FAR) initially provides First Aid support to any student or member of staff who requires it. The aim of the FAR is to:
- Highlight any vulnerable students to the correct parties, give advice and refer to counselling or any other external agencies if needed.
- Prompt, administer and record medication given to students with specific medical conditions.
- Assist any students who may need to sign out due to illness or a medical appointment, we follow a strict sign out procedure, informing parents and all relevant teachers, checking attendance and liaising about this if needed.
- Act as a point of contact for any mobility or disability students who may require assistance or personal care.