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Newbury College offers a range of courses for students with learning difficulties and/or disabilities age 14 to 25 years. The courses start from Entry Level 1 and focus on a range of themes, such as personal progression, wellbeing, supported living, community integration, employment or progression to further vocational education. The courses aim to support most students with learning difficulties and /or disabilities, from severe challenging behaviour to mild learning difficulties.

Depending on the learning difficulties and/or disabilities students may either be taught in a dedicated purpose-built center within College campus – Ormonde Centre, or within the main College classroom areas. In either case all students will access all parts of the College and there is a deliberate and proactive approach to ensure all students are part of the full College environment.

We offer two types of programmes. They are:

Foundation Learning

Personal Progress courses
  • Connect (Personal Progress) – Entry Level 1
  • Connect (Community Progress) – Entry Level 1 and 2
  • Wellbeing (Health and Sport) – Entry Level 1 and 2

Employability Skills courses

  • Enterprise – Entry Level 1 and 2
  • Independent Living & Work – Entry Level 2
  • Work Start – Entry Level 3 Award
  • In Employment – Entry Level 3 and Level 1

Educational Development courses

  • First Skills – Entry Level 3
  • Vocational Studies – Level 1

All courses are designed such that students age 14 to 25 years complete an accredited qualification in stages (Award, Certificate, Diploma) depending on their learning abilities.

Mainstream programme

Students with learning difficulties and/or disabilities can have a choice of an academic or vocational route.

These students will have a named Learning Mentor to support them in and outside their classes, based on their assessed individual needs.

The Learning Mentors will be responsible for reviewing and reporting on the achievement of all targets within the students’ EHC plan and would act as the direct contact to the parents, guardians of the student if there are any emerging concerns related to the programme of study.

All programmes include Maths and English, Work Experience and a wider range of enrichment activities as mandatory elements of the programme.

We work alongside parents, carers and local authority representatives to ensure all students’ individual requirements as outlined in their Education, Health and Care plan (EHCP) are addressed. We use the RARPA (Recognising and Recording Progress and Achievement) based individual leaning plan to make sure all targets are acted on and progressed to enhance the individual student’s wellbeing and individual needs.

We work with and are supported by several local authorities, such as Bracknell, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire, Oxfordshire, Reading, Swindon, West Berkshire, Wiltshire, Wokingham and other charitable organisations.

Timetables and week numbers

Course Title

Days Per Week

Time

Weeks

Personal & Wellbeing Progress

Connect (Progress Progress)

5 days

9:00 to 3:00

37

Connect (Community Progress)

5 days

9:00 to 3:00

37

Wellbeing Skills

3 days

9:00 to 3:00

37

Employability and Enterprise Skills

Enterprise Skills

3 days

9:00 to 3:00

37

Independent Living & Work

5 days

8:30 to 5:30

37

Work Start

3 days

9:00 to 3:00

37

In employment

Assessed at the workplace

Educational Development

First Skills

3 days

9:00 to 3:00

37

Vocational Skills

4 days

9:00 to 3:00

37

Mainstream courses

Pre GCSE at level 1

5 days

9:00 to 3:30

36

A range of vocational courses at level 1&2

4 days

9:00 to 4:45

36

Feedback

We are continually monitoring the quality of our courses to ensure they meet the highest of standards. We actively seek feedback to develop and improve our high needs provision and welcome any comments or suggestions from students, parents, employers and other stakeholders.

We aim to deal with all legitimate complaints in a fair, prompt and objective manner. Complaints will be dealt with without recrimination and students will not be disadvantaged by raising a complaint. We are unable to accept anonymous complaints, however all information is kept in strict confidence, shared only on a need-to-know basis.

To comment on any aspect of the high needs provision at Newbury College, please contact us using the form below.

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Documents

pdf Academic Calendar 2017 18 Foundation Learning (23 KB)

pdf Safeguarding Policy (748 KB)