Study Support provides additional support for students who are identified as having a special educational need or disability. These students will have a Learning Difficulty Assessment (LDA), Statement of Special Educational Need or, in the future, an Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan. Additional support aims to develop resilience and independence to support people to cope with transition to further study or training and to aid their personal development and employability.
Support begins with high quality, personalised teaching for all students, delivered by every teacher at Runshaw College. There are clear objectives, clear explanations, technology, and lively interactive teaching styles which make maximum use of all of the different ways of learning. Close team working between subject teachers and support staff make sure that barriers are minimised within classes by incorporating reasonable adjustments to meet individual needs. Staff training on supporting learners is available to all classroom teachers, from general awareness-raising to bespoke training upon request.
Some students are designated “High Needs” and have significant, complex requirements high levels of need and their learning support is provided until they are aged 24, funded by the local authority in which they are resident.. It could include in-class support, out of class support, 1-1 specialist teaching or assistive technology. Study Support works closely with schools and the local authority and will often be present at review meetings and transition meetings. We also meet with many students prior to enrolment to plan support in preparation for starting College.
Individual additional learning may include additional 1-1 or small group work out of class, or more specialised assistive technology.
Exam access arrangements are available to eligible students in line with exam board regulations.