Additional (Learning) Support
Additional (Learning) Support – Skills Development Centre
If you have a medical condition, physical or sensory impairment, learning differences such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia, Autistic Spectrum Condition or any other learning needs, our Additional Support Team can help you. As a student of New College we are committed to giving you the help you need to succeed and achieve your goals.
Our dynamic team have been recognised for the exceptional support available to students by the British Dyslexia Association and the Association of Colleges. We have a dedicated, highly qualified and experienced support team; unique to the area, we have,
- Specialist Learning Support Tutors who are able to assess for Access to Examination Arrangements, and later in the academic year if appropriate will screen for different learning differences such as dyslexia, dyscalculia, dyspraxia, Attention Deficit Hyper-Activity (ADHD), Attention Deficit (AD) and Visual Stress.
- Learning Support Tutors who are able to provide specialist teaching for students with Specific Learning Differences (SpLD), such as Dyslexia etc.
- Learning Support Assistants who are trained to use the Cornell Note-taking system, they also know what Assistive Technology can be used for independent learning such as Reading Pens, Read & Write Gold and study skill software found within Office 365 such as dictate.
- Mentors for students with a diagnosis of an Autistic Spectrum Condition and Mental Health need. If you have an Education, Health & Care Plan (EHCP), you will be allocated a Mentor. The Mentor will meet with you regularly to make sure that you are able to keep up with your college work, support you to plan a realistic revision timetable and they will keep in touch with your parent/carer.
We provide services including 1-to-1 teaching, support in class, computer programmes and specialist equipment. We work closely with other services to make sure your needs are met. It’s important to tell us early on if you had special examination arrangements at school - e.g. use of a laptop or extra time as we can make similar arrangements for you.
Autistic Spectrum Condition
We have a social curriculum for students with Autistic Spectrum Conditions which enables ASC learners to have a greater awareness of the social world we live in, which includes the opportunity to take part in a half-termly social activity and an end of year day trip of your choosing. We also have a Baseroom with Pod Chairs, bean bags, puzzles, games and a kitchenette.
For more information contact 07773 579889
If you experience significant anxiety or mental health diagnosis which impacts on your life most days, then we have a Wellbeing team and a room which is open from 10am until 2pm, this provides a safe, quieter space to retreat to during breaks at college. The Wellbeing team are someone that you can talk to, they can signpost you to other support services within the college such as the College Counselling team and/or refer on to the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS).
For more information contact 07815 828338
For our wheelchair users, the building is fully accessible. Thanks to a successful bid to Swindon Borough Council for capital funding in 2018, we are now pleased to say that all the main areas in the college such as the Refectory, Student Services, Sports Centre (specialist gym equipment available) and Additional Support will have automatic doors in place by the summer of 2019.
We also have a fully equipped medical room for students who require Personal Care, you must speak with the Disabled Children’s team as you will need a Personal Budget which will enable you to bring in a Personal Care Assistant when you need them.
If you are worried about starting college we run a Meet & Greet day, usually the 3rd Wednesday in June, it is an opportunity to meet with Support Staff, Personal Tutors and teaching staff. Get to know other students who will be joining us and tour the building to become familiar with the college lay-out and where your classrooms might be. Also, we have a Transition Project which is usually the Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday before the GCSE exam results day which is always on a Thursday. Attendance is required on all 3 days from 10am until 3pm, you will take part in fun activities, gain a small qualification, confidence and get to know other students, it will also be another opportunity to become familiar with the college layout before teaching starts.
You can discuss your needs before you start your programme - please let us know at your interview or contact us at any time in your Year 11.