Coming to College

Moving onto Further Education is a big step for all young people, particularly for those with LDD. At Weston College, we arrange thorough and individualised programmes to ensure the transition is seamless.

Our transition programmes could include:

Meetings with the learner, parents, carers, school staff and external agencies, to establish a close liaison and a partnership approach

  • School or specialist provider observations
  • Attending school review meetings and multi-agency meetings
  • Planning a personalised transition programme with the learner
  • Familiarisation days and taster sessions
  • Collaboration with relevant agencies
  • Access to Entry and Level 1 Link programmes as appropriate
  • School visits
  • Specialist support
  • Initial Needs Assessments to gather full information
  • Diagnostic assessments

Transition periods can last from a month to as much as a year. Each programme is arranged and agreed on an individual basis with each school, specialist provider, or external organisation. It is our experience that this planned transition into College plays a significant role in learners being able to access Weston College successfully.

Similarly, transition programmes support learners to transition out of College and into the next phase of their development - further training, higher education, supported or paid employment, and independent living.

"Arrangements to support learners joining and leaving the programme are outstanding..." - Ofsted, 2013

Personal advisers liaise closely with the specialist staff at College to ensure a smooth transition for vulnerable learners.

Learner feedback:

"I found it really good that I could meet some of the staff before I started my course and get to know the College and the different areas..."

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