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Where to go
- Brockenhurst College
- SO42 7ZE
- Accessible changing, Physical adaptations, Wheelchair access, Low stimulus, Accessible toilets, Disabled parking
- Age Ranges
- 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25
- How does the setting/school/college know if children/young people need extra help and what should I do if I think my child/young person may have special educational needs?
The College SENCO will liaise with Schools and the Local Authority to discuss the support needs of prospective students attending the College with Special Educational Needs. As a parent, you can contact the SENCo at the College to discuss the transition of your child from School to College, which will include orientation visits to the College and meetings to discuss the support available. The Local Authority will provide the College with the Education, Health and Care Plan if your child has one in place which will inform the College of your child’s needs. The SENCo will attend the Yr 11 annual review of students with Special Education Needs and will work with you, your child; the school and all those involved ensuring that your child’s transition to College is supported to their individual need. All students participate in a rigorous initial assessment and interview process that ensures they are placed on a course at the appropriate level of challenge.
- How will early years setting/school/college staff support my child/young person?
The College SENCo is responsible for ensuring that there are appropriate transition arrangements in place to support your child from secondary education into College. The SENCo will work with Schools, the Local authority, you as parents and your child to provide a holistic approach to your Child’s transition. It is the responsibility of the SENCo to allocate appropriate levels of support to students with SEN. We have a team of Learning Support Assistants at Brock that can provide both generic and 1:1 support where necessary. In additional, some students have the option of attending one-to-one tutorials with the specialist tutors in the study skills team, Skills Development. The team covers all Vocational areas to support assignment work and Maths and English Tutors. The College offers orientation visits to prospective students, providing familiarity to both the College site and key staff prior to them commencing at Brock. In addition, we provide supported provision on New Students day and during the enrolment process. Students are offered 1:1 support on these days to alleviate the anxieties related to new environments and changes to routine.
- How will the curriculum be matched to my child's/young person's needs?
Individual study programmes are designed on Foundation Learning and Adult Inclusive Learning programmes. In addition, students with SEN may experience a differentiated curriculum. All teachers are required to differentiate their teaching to meet the needs of the students in their groups and identify how they meet the needs through their planning.
- How will both you and I know how my child/young person is doing and how will you help me to support my child's/young person's learning?
Personal tutors are the first point of contact, should you wish to discuss the progress of your child. If you have a specific concern around your child’s SEN needs, you would need to contact the SENCo; contact details are provided at the end of this document. You will receive regular progress checks from the College and be invited to Parents’ Evenings, where you will be able to discuss your child’s progress with the teaching teams. The SENCo is also available on Parents’ Evenings, as is the Skills Development team. Annual reviews will be held in late spring and summer terms.
- What support will there be for my child's/young person's overall well being?
All students are provided with a Personal Tutor at Brock who will be their first point of contact if they have any concerns. The personal tutor will also monitor attendance and discuss any concerns with your child. In addition to personal tutors all students are allocated a Progress Manager who will manage concerns that have been shared by the Personal Tutor and arrange 1:1 meetings with your Child when appropriate. Our College Health and Welfare Manager is the allocated member of staff for supporting looked-after young people, care leavers, young carers and those that live independently in addition to overseeing the medical needs of student. The Health and Welfare Manager works collaboratively with the College Nurses, Counsellors and SENCo. Brockenhurst College has a statutory and moral duty to ensure that the College functions with a view to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults accessing education, training and other activities provided by the College. The core purpose of the College is to help people make the most of their lives through learning and the College is committed to working proactively with staff, learners and other agencies to provide and environment in which every individual is free from abuse and harm.
- What specialist services and expertise are available at or accessed by the setting/school/college?
All Learning support staff are expected to undertake a Level 3 qualification in supporting teaching and learning if they do not have one when they commence in their role at Brock. In addition to this qualification, the Learning Support team are provided with Specialist training during the academic year from both external and internal trainers. The College works collaboratively with external agencies, such as; • CAMHS – Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service • CMHT – Community Mental Health Team • Social Services • Local Authorities • It’s Your Choice • Nightstop • New Forest Young Carers
- What training have the staff supporting children and young people with SEND had? Are any being trained currently?
All teaching staff have had training on managing student needs in the classroom. Specific sessions have been held on supporting students with Autism/Aspergers. All teaching staff are qualified teachers or working towards becoming qualified. The learning support team members receive relevant and individualised training. Recent training sessions include specialist teacher advisors attending the College to deliver Speech, Language and Communication and Hearing/Visual Impairment training. In addition, they also received training on supporting students with Aspergers and dyslexia. All learning support staff are required to take the Level 2/3 qualification in Supporting Teaching and Learning. The SENCo and some members of the Skills Development and Learning Assistant teams have also undergone training in Counselling Skills. The Hampshire Disability Officer attends at the College annually to carry out an accessibility audit.
- How will my child/young person be included in activities outside this classroom including school trips?
>The College is an inclusive educational setting, and every attempt is made to include all students in activities relevant to their course and curriculum. This inclusion is achieved through the support of a learning assistant. For example, the College has provided supported work placements for students to enable them to participate in work experience activities. Support is arranged on an individual basis.
- How accessible is the setting/school/college environment?
Brockenhurst College is fully wheelchair accessible. There are 6 accessible toilets across the campus, one of which has showering facilities and 2 rise and fall beds with hoist facilities. The Lodge provided a domestic dwelling, in which students can be taught independent living skills, using rise/fall appliances, so that they are able to be assessed for independent living. How does the setting communicate with parent carers and young people whose first language is not English? Expectation is that the establishment will work with parent carers and young people to identify and address needs in collaboration with other services if necessary. Include details of visual support within your environment such as Makaton. ESOL courses are a requirement for all students for whom English is not a first language. Some teaching staff communicate using Makaton, although this is in the 19+ team.
- How will the setting/school/college prepare and support my child/young person to join the setting/school/college or the next stage of education and life?
The SENCo attends transition review meetings in schools; students and their parents are invited to orientation visits of the campus; separate, individualised, differentiated provision is put in place for students on New Student Day and on Enrolment/Induction Days. Support is put in place in readiness for the new academic year and monitored on a half-termly basis. Students are supported in making decisions about their next life stage through the Next Steps programme, UCAS support workshops, and transitional advice and support through the Skills Development team, should they wish to attend university. Careers advice is also available through the Careers Advisor.
- How are the setting's/school's/college's resources allocated and matched to children's/young people's special educational needs?
Funding is allocated on a needs basis, with the students with SEN needs being funded through High Needs Additional Learning Support funding through the Local Authority. Other identified needs are met through Element 2 of the Education Funding Agency allocation.
- How is the decision made about what type and how much support my child/young person will receive?
The SENCo will attend your child’s Yr 11 annual review and meeting with you, as the parent and your child to discuss the appropriate level of support that will be required on starting at Brock. The SENCo will also meet with SEN Personal advisors to discuss your child’s needs outlined in their Education, Health and Care Plan or the Moving On Plan. The decision for what is the appropriate level of support will be through collaborative working with those mentioned. Support will be monitored and may be increased or decreased after review, although changes will be made in consultation with you and your child.
- How are parents involved in the setting/school/college? How can I be involved?
The aim of the further education college is to enhance independence to optimum levels for individuals and thus to prepare them for the world of work or for further study, where appropriate