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Additional Support (SEND, EHCP and Foundation Learning)

Students with Special Educational Needs & Disabilities (SEND)

NWSLC is committed to delivering the provisions of the Children and Families Act 2014 and to providing the highest standard of support for our learners with Special Education Needs or Disabilities (SEND) ensuring you enjoy a fulfilling learning experience. We embrace our statutory duty to fulfill our obligations under the SEND Code of Practice for those aged up to 25 and are committed to making every effort to meet students’ support needs.

How do we identify or assess your SEND needs?

  • Via self-declaration on application.
  • Via EHCP consultation with the local authority if you have one.
  • During course interview
  • Link taster days at the college in year 9, 10 and 11
  • At enrolment onto a course
  • During initial assessment and induction
  • During tutorials/ 1:1 meeting

EHCP- Education, Health & Care Plans

If you have an EHCP in your current education provider this is likely to still apply when you come to NWSLC. We support a wide range of learners who have an EHCP for SEND needs. The college goes through a consultation process with the local authority to determine that we can meet the requirements within your plan, then we meet with you to look at what adjustments we can make and how we can best support you. Please indicate on your application form that you have an EHCP. Should you have any queries, please ring the College and ask to speak to Additional Support or email

We provide support for additional learning needs including:

  • Moderate learning difficulties
  • Specific learning difficulties
  • Physical disabilities
  • ADHD
  • Asperger’s Syndrome
  • Autism
  • Social and Emotional Mental Health needs

We look to support your additional learning needs as much as we can, and our support may include:

  • In class or out of class support by a teaching assistant
  • Personalised teaching strategies such as chunking your learning, time outs, access to the quiet rooms or modified deadlines
  • Recommendations for reasonable adjustments within the classroom and the wider College
  • Access to assistive technology
  • Special arrangements to help with exams
  • Accessibility arrangements

Our Student Experience team offers information, advice and guidance on a wide range of issues to help students overcome barriers to learning.

Foundation Learning

Our foundation programmes are available to students aged 16-18 and to those aged 19-25 who have an Education Health and Care Plan. Programmes are available at a range of levels and are the ideal choice for learners with Special Education Needs and Disabilities who may not have gained higher G

CSE grades and would benefit from smaller groups with more intensive support. During their programme, students will get a taster of different skills and subject areas, both in the classroom and through work experience.

Visit our Foundation Learning page today for more information, or download our Foundation Learning guide here.

Meet the Team

Joanne Smith

”The best thing about being at the College is helping students grow in confidence and seeing them progress on to higher-level courses”

Laura Byrne

”The best thing about my job is having those moments with each learner where they achieve something that takes them one step closer to their goal.”

Adrian Causier

”Students at the beginning of their time at the College may be in need of some help and guidance, but they leave a different person ready for the world.”