SEND: Special Educational Needs and Disability
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.
- The College is required to meet its statutory duties as outlined in the Equality Act 2010.
- 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.
- 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.
- Students have the right to confidentiality, so written agreement is required before passing on any information regarding SEND or Learning Support.
- 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.
- The College seeks to identify learners with specific educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) as early as possible in order to provide appropriate support.
- 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.
- 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.
- There are a number of ways that a student can be referred to Learning Support:
- Students can self-refer at any time by contacting someone from the Learning Support team;
- Personal tutors, subject teachers and college counsellors may also make a referral at any time by contacting someone from the Learning Support team;
- Students/parents/guardians can declare support needs on the College application form;
- Students/parents/guardians can declare support needs at interview during year 11;
- A referral can be triggered by students/parents/guardians or staff during enrolment by approaching the Learning Support desk in the LRC;
- 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 examination access arrangements;
- 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).
- 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.