Learning Support

Aims

Woking College aims to ensure equality of opportunity and a wide and varied curriculum for each student in order that every student can become an effective learner, who is able to achieve their maximum potential.

General Overview

  1. We appreciate that every student is unique.  Consequently, there are differences in the ways in which they learn and the level of support that each individual needs.
  2. We aim to provide holistic, personalised and fully integrated support for all students according to their needs and circumstances.  In the first few weeks after enrolment, using diagnostic screening, as well as information provided from home, Learning Support will create an agreed plan to address any particular needs.  Many students come to the College for a fresh start and so we apply a flexible approach to enable them to grow in both confidence and independence, thereby preparing them for greater success and future progression opportunities.
  3. A dedicated Learning Support area is available throughout the week, where one-to-one and small group lessons take place and specialist staff in the fields of literacy, numeracy and study skills can provide assistance.  Depending on learning needs and preferences, some in-class support is also available, as well as specific workshops for building confidence, social skills and mentoring.
  4. Learning Support at Woking College includes:
    1. Weekly or one-off one-to-one support in Room 47
    2. Small group work in Room 47
    3. Help with study and revision skills
    4. Help with time management and organisation
    5. Proofreading
    6. Enhancing Essay Writing
    7. Obtaining exam concessions
    8. EHCP monitoring and reviews
    9. In class support (for students with EHCPs)
    10. Mentoring (for students with EHCPs)

General Statements

  1. The College is required to meet its statutory duties as outlined in the Equality Act 2010.
  2. It is our duty to make reasonable adjustments so that disabled students are not placed at a substantial disadvantage, compared with persons who are not disabled.
  3. The DfE defines making reasonable adjustments as “reasonable steps to try and avoid students being disadvantaged by something the school does”. The College is expected to provide an auxiliary aid or service for a disabled pupil when it would be reasonable to do so and if such an aid would alleviate any substantial disadvantage that the student faces in comparison to non-disabled students.
  4. Students have the right to confidentiality, so written agreement is required before passing on any information regarding SEND or Learning Support.
  5. The Learning Support Department aims to provide the most appropriate individual support for each pupil so that every student can access and benefit from the educational provision at Woking College.
  6. The College seeks to identify learners with specific educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) as early as possible in order to provide appropriate support.
  7. During their induction at Woking College, all students are screened for literacy needs. In addition, those students who have declared learning support needs on application, at interview or during enrolment are strongly encouraged to meet with Learning Support to discuss what additional support may be needed.
  8. The Learning Support Department will, where possible, liaise with secondary schools and, where relevant, local authorities, to optimise the smooth transition of information regarding SEND or Learning Support.
  9. There are a number of ways that a student can be referred to Learning Support:
    1. Students can self-refer at any time by contacting someone from the Learning Support team;
    2. Personal tutors, subject teachers and college counsellors may also make a referral at any time by contacting someone from the Learning Support team;
    3. Students/parents/guardians can declare support needs on the College application form;
    4. Students/parents/guardians can declare support needs at interview during year 11;
    5. A referral can be triggered by students/parents/guardians or staff during enrolment by approaching the Learning Support desk in the LRC;
    6. A referral can be triggered by staff or students during induction, especially during the Learning Support talk in the LRC when all students are invited to speak to someone from the Learning Support team about their needs and/or exam concessions;
    7. On occasion, referrals may be made by a student’s previous school (this is most likely when the school is one of our feeder schools).
  10. Because the College understands that effective Learning Support is underpinned by good information, understanding and positive support from all teaching staff, Learning Support is not viewed as a single teaching approach, but rather a whole College approach. Staff throughout the College are made aware of the specific needs of those learners with specific learning difficulties through both of our computer monitoring systems (Portal and ProMonitor). In addition, Learning Support may send more detailed information via email about specific students to relevant staff and all staff are welcome to contact Learning Support with enquiries at any time.  
  11. Those students who received access arrangements/exam concessions at school must make this known to the Learning Support Department in the Autumn Term in order for the same concessions to be obtained, as these concessions do not automatically transfer and further assessment and evidence may be needed.

Examination Concessions

  1. The Learning Support Department, together with the Examinations Officer, is involved with obtaining special examination arrangements, including: extra time, scribes, readers, prompts, rest breaks and/or word processors.
  2. All concessions have to be applied for by February and need to be approved by the examination board. Students should provide all existing evidence and information relating to their exam concessions / learning needs upon enrolment at College, however an additional assessment may need to be arranged by Learning Support should this information not be sufficient.
  3. There is no guarantee that the same exam concessions as at school will be approved at College.
  4. The JCQ documentation: “Access Arrangements & Special Considerations” (jcq.org.uk) provides more detailed information about the criteria and paperwork required for each individual concession.

More Infomation

The College will co-operate with the local authority to identify and meet the needs of young people with EHCPs.  The College recognises its statutory duties in relation to the new SEND Code of Practice for all students between the ages of 16-25.  Therefore, please Click Here to download a document with responses to the fourteen questions set out by Surrey County Council in regard to SEND.

Find out more

For more information please call or send us an email

Telephone: 01483 761 036
Email: wokingcoll@woking.ac.uk