high needs cover

We offer two types of programmes that consist of a range of courses for students with learning difficulties and/or disabilities. There are:

Foundation Learning

This programme includes all courses delivered under the Foundation Learning department.

They include:

Personal Progress courses

  • Connect 1/2/3 (Personal Progress) – Entry Level 1
  • Connect 1/2/3 (Community Progress) – Entry Level 1 and 2
  • Independent Living & Working – Entry Level 2 and 3

Employability Skills courses

  • Enterprise 1/2/3 – Entry Level 1 and 2
  • Work Start 1/2/3 – Entry Level 2 and 3
  • In Employment – Entry 3 and Level 1

Educational Development courses

  • Enterprise 1/2/3 – Entry Level 1 and 2
  • First Skills – Entry Level 3
  • Cross College courses – Entry 3 and Level 1
All courses are designed such that 50% of the delivery focuses on achieving accredited qualifications and 50% focused on achieving the EHC plan of the student.

All students will have support individualised to their needs inside and outside the classes.

Mainstream programme

This programme includes all Post 16 Vocational Courses delivered at the College.

Students with learning difficulties and/or disabilities joining any of the vocational classes will have a named Learning Mentor to support them in and outside their classes, based on their assessed individual needs. Supporting learners with maths and English is a priority of the learning support team.

The Learning Mentor 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, English, Work Experience and a wider range of enrichment activities as mandatory elements of the programme. All programmes have accredited qualifications leading to further academic and vocational progression.

We work alongside parents, carers and local authority representatives to ensure all students’ individual requirements as outlined in their Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan 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, Hampshire, Oxfordshire, Reading, West Berkshire, Wiltshire, Wokingham and other charitable organisations.

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