Additional Learning Support

At Oldham College, we firmly believe that every student matters and all our students are entitled to a high quality experience whilst at College. Our Additional Learning Support team (ALS) is dedicated to providing the support necessary to enable our students to realise their learning ambitions.

The team has a range of professional staff who are trained and experienced in supporting people with learning difficulties and/or disabilities, as well as working with other professionals to provide the most effective support.

SEN Local Offer

What do we mean by our Local Offer?
This is a report that includes everything we off for your son/daughter with regards to their special needs.

How can my son/daughter attend Oldham College?
How can my son/daughter attend Oldham College? Oldham College is committed to delivering the provision of the Children and Families Act 2014. We embrace our statutory duty to fulfil our obligations under the SEND Code of Practice for those ages up to 25 and are committed to making every effort to meet learners needs. At College we run regular open days to provide opportunities to visit the campus, talk to the specialised curriculum tutors and see the high class facilities available. Parent and Carers are always welcome to visit the College before making a decision about a placement. Once a placement is agreed, we will work with the young person, family, carers and school to arrange a personalised transition plan.

How will the learner be supported during their time at Oldham College ? from enrolment to leaving
We work with schools throughout the academic year to support any identified learners who will require transition from School to College in Yr. 11 or 13. A member of the team will visit the school to discuss and arrange a personal transition plan and special interview arrangements to ensure that learners are familiar with staff and the college environment in preparation for their start date. Learners who declare a learning difficulty and/or disability are invited into the College for a support interview with a Learning Support Officer to discuss their support needs in more detail. Once an application has been made, the young person will be invited in to attend a course interview to discuss their chosen course of study. The Programme Coaches will monitor the progression of the young person and will set personalised targets to support their achievement.
How will the learner be transported to Oldham College?
How will the learner be transported to Oldham College? The learner may have had transport provided by the local authority to attend school previously, but this can be dependent upon the distance from home and whether the young person is capable of travelling independently. If there is a need for this transport to be provided for the learner to come to college, parents/carers will need to liaise with the local authority education transport department to make a new application for transport. For those young people who are able to become independent travellers, they may be provided with travel training either by their current school or college staff during their transition period or commencement at college to develop this skill.

Support Statement

Oldham College is committed to delivering the provision of the Children and Families Act 2014. We embrace our statutory duty to fulfil our obligations under the SEND Code of Practice for those aged up to 25 and are committed to making every effort to meet students’ needs.

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Who can we support?

The ALS team supports learners who have:

  • ADD or ADHD
  • Autism or Aspergers Syndrome
  • Dyslexia, Dyspraxia or Dyscalculia
  • Difficulties with maths & English
  • Emotional, behavioural and social difficulties
  • A hearing impairment
  • Language support for non-native English speakers
  • Mental health difficulties
  • Mobility difficulties
  • Personal care needs
  • Study skills support
  • A visual impairment

What support can we offer?

Following an assessment of your learning needs and requirements, the ALS team will provide an individual plan to support you. The types of support this team can provide include:

  • Support in class
  • Specialist 1:1 additional support sessions
  • Small group workshops
  • Adaptation/modification of learning materials into an accessible format such as Braille or Large print
  • British sign language (BSL) communication support workers
  • Sighted guiding
  • Loan of laptops, dictaphones, magnifiers and other assistive technology
  • Mobility support
  • Exam access arrangements

Assistive Technology

The team also has a range of Assistive Technology that is available for students to use in class and on longer term loans including:

  • Laptops
  • Notebooks
  • Dictaphones
  • CCTV portable magnifiers
  • Intel readers
  • Large print key boards
  • Talking calculators
  • Study skill software package
  • Audio reading and screen reading software
  • Screen magnification software
  • Specialist software for VI and Dyslexic learners
  • iPads and android tablets

There is no need to wait to contact the team until you have started a course at the college. You can contact them as soon as you have made an application which means they can start to work with your current support providers to make the transfer to college as easy as possible.

If you would like any further information or have any queries:
0161 785 4271