2. Supporting Your Learning
At Ashton Sixth Form College, experienced, dedicated staff provide Inclusive Learning support. We have three qualified teachers who work with learners on a one to one basis or with small groups in our quiet, welcoming support area in the Geoff Higgins building. We also have qualified Learning Support Assistants who support students in their classes where it is needed.
We offer support for students with:
- Specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia, dyspraxia and dyscalculia
- Hearing and Visual impairments
- Autistic Spectrum Disorders
- Attention deficit and hyperactivity disorders (ADHD)
- Physical, medical and mental health conditions
We work very closely with Tameside Sensory Support Services. They advise us on how to support learners who have hearing or sight problems. They guide us on how to adapt handouts for students who have poor eyesight, and they provide equipment for students who have hearing difficulties. They also train our staff so that they can support students who have hearing or sight problems.
In addition, we work with students who have no diagnosed conditions. We support with:
- Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar
- Basic numeracy
- Time management and organisation
- Exam techniques and study skills
We also offer:
- Coloured overlay assessments for students who have difficulty reading black text on a white background
- Arrangements for personal care needs
- Special exam arrangements including extra time, readers, use of a word processor, writer, rest breaks, enlarged papers
We provide a range of equipment that we lend to students including:
- Voice recorders
- Specialist software packages
- Radio hearing aids
We provide support for students when they go on college trips and visits. This may include accompanying students to conferences, open days, educational visits or trips in this country or overseas.
Teaching and support staff have an ongoing programme of training, provided by the Inclusive Learning team or outside agencies. This makes sure they are expert in working with students who have a wide range of learning difficulties, disabilities or conditions.
Ashton Sixth Form College is fully accessible to wheelchair users or those with restricted mobility. All buildings have lift and ramp access and there is ample parking reserved for disabled drivers.
All vocational students complete work experience placements as part of their course. We also support A level students who want to find work experience placements. Students who have learning difficulties or disabilities have the same opportunities as all other students for work experience placements.
Our Employment and Enterprise team liaises with students, their parents/carers, teachers and the Inclusive Learning team to ensure that the placement is appropriate for the student’s needs. We carry out risk assessments on all work placement providers and ensure that staff at the placement have training so that the student’s needs are met. We communicate to work placement employers any essential information about a student’s condition. This may be where they have medical needs or where adaptations are required. However, unless such communication is essential, we respect the student’s right to confidentiality.