Additional Learning Support

Barnsley College ALS“Promoting inclusivity and removing barriers to maximise the learners’ potential.”

Additional Learning Support at Barnsley College is here to help you maximise your potential and to progress to the next stage in your career.

We offer support across all college sites: – in-class, outside of the classroom, with exams and assessments and in the wider college environment. This support is to enable you to access all the opportunities on offer and that you enjoy yourself while studying at Barnsley College. Whatever learning difficulty or disability you may have, we will make sure the support is exactly what you need.

We work with teaching staff, other college services and external organisations (TIAG, CAMHS, etc.) to provide a person-centred approach. The support we offer is reviewed throughout the year and our aim, where possible, is to guide you towards independence. We are a part of the Local Offer.

 

Contact us

You can talk to us about your support needs before you apply to College, at enrolment or at any time during your course. We’ll be happy to help.

You can contact us on 01226 216 769 or email us at als@barnsley.ac.uk.

What is the Local Offer?

Every Local Authority is required to publish information about services  available for children and young people, from birth to 25, who have Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEN/D); and also services outside of the area which they expect children and young people from their area will use. This is known as the ‘Local Offer’. The Local Offer pulls together all the information about education, health and care services, leisure activities and support.

For more information about what is available in Barnsley please follow the links:

At Barnsley College we support learners with a range of learning needs including:

 

What support will I receive?

If you have an Educational Health Care Plan (EHCP), ALS will produce a bespoke support plan (ALS 5) outlining the support that you need at college, subject to commissioning. This may include:

  • in class support (prompts, readers and scribe)
  • mobility support
  • note taking
  • specialist resources and equipment (laptops with assistive software, Dictaphone and reader pens)
  • modification of learning materials (grade 2 braille and modified large print)
  • personal care
  • lunchtime support
  • meet and greet
  • transition
  • orientation
  • Exam access arrangements

If you don’t have an EHCP but still have SEN/D then ALS will produce a bespoke support plan (ALS5) outlining the support you need at college. This will be provided by the  department you are studying in.

Transition to Barnsley College

The Additional Learning Support team will help you with your transition to us, whatever  course you will be starting in September. If you are look to study at Barnsley College you can choose to invite one of the ALS coordinators during your Year 10 and 11 Review at school. They will be able to explain what courses are offered at Barnsley College and how you will be supported before you start and during your time at College.

You can come and speak to us during the College’s Open Days, we will be able to tell you about the support we offer. Once you have applied to a course, ALS will be able to offer tours of the areas you are interested in, across the many campuses. After your interview, the department may offer taster days in the Summer to give you an idea of what the course will be like.

School Reviews

If you have an EHCP, one of our coordinators can be invited to attend your Year 10 and 11 Annual Review at school. They will offer advice on the courses offered at Barnsley College and provide you with the information on the support available to you if you study at Barnsley College.

Meet the ALS Co-ordinators

Sarah Bailey Sean Farrell Gareth Lunt
Nicola Spokes

Leona Green (SEN Advisor)

 

 

 

 

Initial Assessment

Once you have declared a learning need and/or disability on your application form. Additional Learning Support (ALS) will contact you to organise an assessment. ALS will send out an ALS 2 Questionnaire  and a confirmation letter with your appointment time, date and place. You or parent/carer will need to fill in the ALS 2 Questionnaire with as much detail as possible before you return it back to us.

Our ALS initial assessment is where you meet one of the ALS coordinators or SEN Advisor, who will discuss your learning needs and how to best support you whilst in College. During your initial assessment the coordinator will use an ALS 3 to find out your about previous education and support you had at school. ALS will produce a Support plan (ALS 5) outlining the support you need at College.

Annual Reviews

Each year at College you will have an annual review of your EHCP which takes place at College. At your review there will be yourself and family members/advocate, TIAG, staff from the college and other professionals. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the progress you are making at College, your mid and long term plans, what is working well, what you might require support with and your aspirations for the future. We will also review your EHCP to see if anything needs updating. The meeting can take anything from 1-2 hours.

Last updated: 4th September 2019