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 on 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 available opportunities and that you enjoy yourself whilst studying at Barnsley College. Whatever learning difficulty or disability you may have, we can offer bespoke support to match your individual needs.

We work in partnership with teaching staff, other internal services and external organisations to provide a person-centred approach. The support we offer is regularly reviewed 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

What is the Local Offer?

From September 2014 every Local Authority are 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 locally to Barnsley please follow the links:

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

Who will provide my support at Barnsley College?

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 large print)
  • personal care
  • lunchtime supervision
  • meet and greet
  • transition
  • orientation
  • Exam access arrangements

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

What do the Barnsley College Learners think?

Rhiannon, Level 3 Dance and Musical Theatre

“I would recommend the course because it gives people the opportunity to do a proper show and directed scenes in a controlled, professional environment. I have learnt new skills and feel more confident thanks to the people and the course.”


Oliver, Level 1 Sport

“Since starting college my confidence has improved through meeting new people and I am more organised. My support from ALS has been brilliant, they break tasks down for me and explain what’s going to happen beforehand, which lets me be more independent.”


Francesca, Level 3 Health and Social Care

“At first I didn’t want to be different by have a support worker but actually I’d be lost without a support worker as they help me with taking notes and any other issues.”

Louis, Level 3 Childcare

“ALS support helps me with assignment deadlines and allows me to get them in on time.  I have also developed my communication skills and my confidence has improves since starting college.”

Jordan, Level 2 Animal Care

“ALS have given me lots of support and new technology to work with to improve certain things that I needed to improve. I am enjoying the Animal Care course because of the activities that we do and the farm animals. I also enjoy the new people that I meet and the food is good.”

Anthony, Level 2 Bricklaying

“Barnsley College is a good place to learn and meet friends. My confidence has improved and I am pleased with the progress I have made so far. The tutors give clear instructions and advice. The ALS support worker checks that I understand the tasks. She lets me work independently, but is around if I need instructions repeating or explaining.”

Transition to Barnsley College

The Additional Learning Support team will help you with your transition to us, whatever the course you will be starting in September. You will meet one of our coordinators during your Year 10 and 11 Review at school. They will be able to explain what is offered at Barnsley College and how you will be supported during your time here. We have produced a set of handbooks for you to see what we offer at Barnsley College! It gives you all the information you want to know, click on the courses your interested in and see if its right for you!

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 Barnsley College campus’. The curriculum areas will also offer taster days in the Summer to give you an idea of what the course will be like.

School Reviews

If you have an Educational Health Care Plan, one of our coordinators will 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 Assessments

Once you have declared a learning need and/or disability. Additional Learning Support will contact you to organise 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.

Our ALS initial assessment is where you meet one of the ALS coordinators, who will discuss your learning needs and how to best support you whilst in college. During the initial assessment the coordinator will use an ALS 3 to find out your about previous education and support you had at school. A support plan (ALS5) outlining the support that will be available to you, will be produced.

Annual Reviews

Each academic year you will have an annual review of your Education Health Care Plan (EHCP) which takes place at college. There will be yourself and family members/advocate, TIAG, staff from the college and other professionals at the meeting. 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: 18th March 2019