Additional learning support

If you have or think you may 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. Our dynamic team have been recognised for the exceptional support available to students by the British Dyslexia Association and the Association of Colleges. If you're a current student looking for help or advice, visit us in the Skills Development Centre in BG06. For prospective students and parents you can email additionalsupport@newcollege.ac.uk

We can provide:

  • 1:1 teaching
  • 1:1 in class support
  • Software programmes
  • BSL interpreters
  • Specialist equipment
  • Help with exam arrangements
  • Specialist Learning Support Tutors who are able to assess for Access to Examination Arrangements
  • Learning Support Assistants who are trained to use the Cornell Note-taking system
  • Mentors for students with a diagnosis of an Autistic Spectrum Condition and Mental Health needs.

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

Mental Health

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)

Accessibility

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 2020.

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.