Learning support

Weston College students receive an outstanding level of Learning Support. Our innovative and unique Specialist Support Model ensures staff have the specialist skills and knowledge to deliver high-quality, personalised support programmes that effectively meet the needs of learners with LDD.

Our highly qualified team of staff continues to expand and the specialist areas now include:
  • Autism Spectrum
  • Visual Impairment
  • Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD)
  • Behaviour 4 Learning (EBD / ADHD / ADD)
  • Deaf and / or Hard of Hearing
  • Assistive Technology
  • Speech and Language Therapy
  • Weston Bay Residential Training Facility
  • Mental Health

This high level of specialism is not usual for general FE colleges and this has been recognised through our involvement in Learning and Skills Improvement Service (LSIS) projects, local and national initiatives and the Ofsted Survey 2010, which named Weston College as leaders in the field of LDD.

We have a dedicated, highly qualified and experienced support team comprising of; Support Workers, Specialist Support Instructors, Specialist Tutors, Advanced Practitioners and Diagnostic Assessors. Our staff work collaboratively with cross-College teams in efficiently assessing individual needs as well as organising and implementing a wide range of support programmes, each tailored to the learner. 

An excellent and efficient Initial Needs Assessment (INA) procedure is in place to ensure learners' individual support needs are quickly established and the correct type and level of support is put into place as soon as an additional need is identified through our effective and responsive process.

Learning Support staff work closely with schools, specialist providers and external organisations, and attend termly, and / or annual reviews. This is to discuss progression routes, transition programmes and individual support needs, to ensure information is gathered prior to learners enrolling at Weston College.

"Support for learning is outstanding; support workers are highly experienced and very well qualified, with specific areas of expertise..." - Ofsted 2013

Weston College students receive an outstanding level of Learning Support. Our innovative and unique Specialist Support Model ensures staff have the specialist skills and knowledge to deliver high-quality, personalised support programmes that effectively meet the needs of learners with LDD.

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