Special Education Needs & Disabilities
New College Stamford has a commitment to maximising potential of all students through outstanding teaching, learning and training. Our commitment to supporting students with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities sits firmly within the college Strategic Plan, as part of the college aim for High Standards of Quality and listening to and supporting our students.
Lincolnshire Family Services Directory, and SEN and Disability Local Offer:
Peterborough Local Offer
Special Educational Needs Support
Study Programme Support this can be on an individual basis or shared where staff support a small number of learners in the class.
Other additional support in college to help with your course work, overlearning where necessary, organisational skills, homework, supporting you at lunchtime and unstructured times, support with meeting you from your taxi or bus and medical support ie diabetes or personal care.
Education Health and Care Plan
If you have an Education Health Care Plan, please share this with us to help plan your support needs. You can email this to EHCP@stamford.ac.uk or bring it with you to the Assessment of Needs Interview.
Notify the EHCP team of your needs as soon as possible so we can plan your support and assess your needs. To find out more about the support available to students, please contact either: EHCP@stamford.ac.uk /Melanie.firstname.lastname@example.org or Telephone 01780 484300 ext 370.
Specialist Educational Needs Staff
Our staff are dedicated and well trained with many years’ experience of supporting learners with Autism, ADHD, Dyscalculia, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Study Support Assistant- Communication & Language, Emotional Difficulties, Physical Disabilities, Mental Health, Moderate & Severe Learning Difficulties, Complex Needs.
In addition to this we have a Braille teacher who also teaches Touch Typing, Assistive Technology and independent living skills to VI, HI and MSI learners and Communicator Guide for Visually Impaired.
Special Educational Facilities Available
- Additional Learning Support Team (ALS).
- Braille Room.
- Independent living skills for Visually Impaired Learners and Hearing Impaired.
- Assistive Technology.
- Sensory Room.
- Personal Care suite with overhead hoist.
- Welfare Team.
- The Oval (dedicated quiet space).
- Signposting to Community Mental Health Services.
- Signposting and support for Autism assessments.
Bespoke timetables for VI, HI and dual impaired learners
- Braille literacy (Fingerprint braille learning course) Potential to gain a certificate in UEB contracted braille literacy (RNIB).
- Basic UEB maths code.
- Incorporating use of assistive learning resources including braille cubarithm and Zyfuse machine to produce tactile diagrams.
- Touch Typing.
- Access technology including screen-readers through to refreshable braille displays.
Dependent upon individual needs e.g confidence building and improving tactile skills we have included the following:
- Craft Activities: Card Making, Loom Knitting, Knitting, Balloon Modelling, Accessible Colouring etc.
- Enrichment Activities: Introductory music lessons, ukulele, flute, saxophone and therapy harp.
- Independent Living Skills: Cooking and meal preparation.
Transition to College
New College Stamford has a full time Transitions Officer to support you with transitioning from school to college, she can offer advice and guidance through parent carer forums held termly at college.
All special educational support is dependent on assessment criteria and conditions of funding being met.
If you have had special exam arrangements in the past, or think you may need them for exams you are taking as part of your course at college, it is your responsibility to let us know the date of your exams and provide suitable evidence.
Special exam arrangements might be:
- Extra Time
- A Reader
- A Scribe
- Separate or Individual Invigilation
- Rest Breaks
- Use of a bilingual dictionary.
Support on Application
When you tick any of the boxes on the application form disclosing a disability or difficulty or previous support needs we will invite you to attend an Assessment of Needs interview with one of our Special Educational Needs support staff. The level of support and transition arrangements will be discussed at this time.
Our Autism Officer is able to conduct an Assessment of Needs interview prior to your curriculum interview. She can assist with Transition to college and complete a support plan to share with curriculum and support staff. Ongoing engagement to ensure you are progressing on your course to help you achieve your potential.
If your child has a SEN you may wish to find out more about the services and support that you might benefit from, not just what the college provides, but also what the local authority is doing to ensure that schools and colleges are compliant with the SEND reforms. Visit the Lincolnshire County Council Website.
What is the ‘Local Offer’?
The SEN and Disability Local Offer describes what help, support and services are available for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and their families in Lincolnshire.
- Include information about education, social care and health services, as well as services provided by voluntary and community groups.
- Provide information about services for children and young people with Education, Health and Care Plans, as well as those without.
- Set out clearly the criteria for getting support.
- Be published on the internet, as well as be available in other formats.