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Stoke-on-Trent College

At Stoke on Trent College we welcome learners with learning difficulties and / or disabilities.  The Children and Families Act 2014 sets out the requirements for Schools and Colleges to make available the local SEND offer t prospective and existing learners and their families. 

The February 2018 Ofsted report praised the college for the support given to students:

Staff identify learners’ support needs quickly and accurately.  Learning Support Assistants provide particularly effective individualised support, in class and during individual drop-in sessions. 

Learners with high needs develop good personal and social skills that help them to live more independently.

The information and guidance that learners and their families receive about their course and future opportunities are good.  Teachers and support staff help them to settle quickly into college using the ‘Find Your Feet’ programme to allocate them the right course and appropriate support to match their needs.

Staff know their learners well, manage their anxieties and use their expertise to provide unobtrusive support as the point of need.  For example, support staff encourage learners to make decisions for themselves, such as regulating the level and frequency of support they receive.  Consequently, learners make good progress with their independence skills.


Who to contact

Contact Name
Yvette Leese
Contact Position
Learning Support Team
01782 603563

At Stoke on Trent College we provide on-going, tailored support to ensure learners are successful in their learning.  Learners with learning difficulties or disabilities have a choice of pathways:

16-18 Study Programmes:

English and / or maths

Work experience

A vocational course (e.g. Health and Social Care, Motor Vehicle, Hair and Beauty, Catering, Construction, ITaHa)


Enrichment activities including sports and clubs

Progression opportunities: progress to the next level, progress onto an apprenticeship, progress into employment, progress onto university, progress onto a Supported Internship


Our Foundation (Preparation for Vocation) programmes:

Aimed towards 16-18 year old learners

Improve your employability, English and Maths skills

Team of mentors and Learning Support Assistants to give you the extra support you might need

Practical and fun – with a focus on developing real skills for work

16-18 ESOL pre-entry – E3 which focuses on developing English, IT, maths, employability and everyday life skills (at E3 learner will undertake vocational taster in preparation for progression)

Supported Internships - Supported internships are a study programme, based primarily at an employers’ premises. They provide young people aged 16-24 with an Education, Health and Care plan the opportunity to gain meaningful work experience and where possible to achieve sustainable paid employment by equipping them with the skills they need for work, through learning in the workplace. Supported internships are unpaid, and last for a minimum of six months. Alongside their time at the employer, young people complete a personalised study programme including English and maths.

For 19+ learners – The ‘Vocational Taster’ Course in designed for learners with an Educational Healthcare plan, intending to engage in a pathway to employment. Preparing learners for the workplace, the course develops key employability skills and qualities through active and focused theory and practical based lessons. Units of study include, jobs and the application process, career planning, self-assessment and my skills for the workplace. Learners develop the confidence and self-esteem needed to apply, and fulfil an employed position. Typical progression from this course is to the Supported Internship Provision. This pathway is designed to prepare learners for the intense work placement that is integrated into this course of study.



The Bridge Academy:

For 14-16 year old learners

Provides an alternative education setting to school

Depending on your individual needs, Bridge learners can be enrolled in P4V or across the college’s subject areas

Vocational, English and Maths qualifications, experience of Science, IT, Physical Education and Personal and Social Development

Practical and fun – with a focus on developing real skills for work


How can I get support on my chosen course?

  • Prior to enrolment the College will request information from parents/carers, school, other relevant professionals to ensure that the needs of the young person can be met
  • You can tell us at enrolment of any additional needs that you may have
  • The Learning Support Team is always on hand at enrolment or open days to discuss any requirements

What Support is offered at Stoke on Trent College?

In order to meet individual needs some or all of the following may be provided:

  • Adaptation of teaching materials assessment methods
  • Copies of teaching materials to be made available before the session
  • Ensuring teaching and learning activities take your needs into account


Additional support for some learners may also include:

  • Specialist assessment for exam concessions
  • Extra time to complete work
  • Support in exams
  • Specialist equipment including laptops and enabling technology
  • Support for learners with a range of sensory and physical disabilities (eg Communication Support Worker)
  • Some classes have learning support assistants (eg English and maths)
  • Mentors and counsellors
  • Small group study skills sessions for English and maths
  • If you have a medical condition this can be discussed with the Team Leader of Learning Support where a Summary of Need will be developed to share with the staff that work with you
  • Financial support and/ or bursaries may be available through student assistance


Supporting learners with an Education, Health and Care Plan

·         Stoke on Trent College recognises that the implementation of the Children and Families Act in 2014 and SEND Code of Practice 2015 has created a legacy of learners transferring to college with Education, Health and Care Plans. Some learners will require higher levels of support than other learners with Special  Education Needs and Disabilities. 


·         Learners are identified by the Local Authority through the transition process where a draft copy of the young person’s Education, Health and Care Plan is sent to the college to review the plan to ensure the needs can be met. Following this process the hours and type of support to be offered is jointly agreed with the Local Authority (for those learners who require a higher level of support, individual contracts and levels of funding are agreed by the Local Authority). Support may include group support, 1-1 support, study skills and support in Maths and English


·         Transition arrangements can be made through the school / parent/ carer, to the Team Leader of Learning Support whereby the learner and parent/carer attend the college to meet key staff/ tour of the building where they will complete their studies/ go to the canteen to eat lunch, which can be achieved through multiple visits.


·         Upon enrolment the learner is allocated to a key Learning Support Assistant who has the responsibility of liaising with all lecturers and support staff to ensure progress towards outcomes and milestones to be achieved within the plan, are reviewed and updated on a minimum of a half termly basis.  The personal tutor has the responsibility of ensuring that the EHC plan outcomes and milestones form part of a holistic target setting process.  The lecturer has the responsibility for jointly planning with and directing the Learning Support Assistant with regards to the deployment of agreed strategies to meet the individual needs of the learner and to ensure the outcomes and milestones within the EHC plan are achieved.  A copy of the EHC plan is uploaded onto Promonitor to ensure access for those directly supporting the learner. 


·         The learning support team will arrange specialist assessment appointments for all EHC learners, where required.


·         As part of the ongoing review cycle for learners with an EHC plan, the annual review of the plan is hosted by the college and parents/carers and other support agencies are invited to attend.  Where the parent/carer and / or young person is unable to attend (and has not requested a rescheduled appointment) the annual review will continue to go ahead


Tracking Progress

All learners have regular 1-1 and group tutorials and target setting sessions.  This gives time to work with your tutor and your learning support assistant (where one has been allocated) to set SMART targets to help you get the most out of your course and be successful. 

Parent/carers are encouraged to:

  • Contact us directly via phone
  • Attend parents’ evenings
  • Attend annual reviews for learners with EHC plans

Where to go

Stoke on Trent College
Cauldon Campus
Stoke Road
Stoke on Trent

Stoke on Trent College has a second campus in Burslem where the Foundation provision is located.  On programme learners will sometimes visit the Cauldon Campus for practical activities such as catering.


Where a learner has an EHC plan, before a place can be offered, the college must assess the individual learners' needs to ensure the college can meet the needs of the young person.  This will be done through confirmation to the local authority. 


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