Parents: Learning Support

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  • Assessing the support needed
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  • Progress & Review
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What do we do?

We cater for young people with mild to severe learning difficulties and we support young people with physical mobility problems and visual impairment. We also cater for young people with mild Asperger’s or autism. We have staff capable of supporting learners with ADHD (Attention Deficiency Hyperactivity Disorder) and SpLD (Specific Learning Difficulties: dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia). We also welcome learners who have other medical needs which can be discussed on an individual basis.


The individual Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP) will usually provide details of the support needs for a young person. It will include their educational history and the type of support they require inside and outside the classroom.


From the outset we will discuss the service we can offer with you so that you can decide if Access is the right place for you. After an offer is accepted, we make will contact with the you and your child and their school. We will also invite you and your child into your local centre for a number of visits so we can meet with you to discuss any concerns that you may have.


Family members are often crucial to learner success, so we want to work with you to provide the best possible support package. We can help you to complete application forms and to apply for any financial support which may be available in the form of bursaries.
For learners and parents/carers whose first language is not English we will provide an interpreter and we have staff members who can provide language support.

An inclusive environment

We aim to provide an inclusive environment where all our learners are given equal access to their programme of study, enrichment and employability opportunities.


In most centres, learners who have high needs are allocated a Learner Support Tutor and Additional Learning Support (ALS) tutor to deliver their daily support. Their course tutor and ALS tutor will help them through the six week induction so they become comfortable in their new surroundings. We will continue to support learners as they develop their independence and begin to interact with their new friends and other students around the college. Learners are monitored carefully at all times and we will work with the learners on a one to one basis if the learner, staff and parents feel this is necessary. Assistive technology will be available to help learners to become more independent.

Receive regular information on progress

Parents and carers will receive regular information on the progress learners are making. Tutors and support staff at the centre will get to know the learners and build relationships with them as we feel this is very important to help learners to settle in and to help them to achieve on their course. All learning is tracked and carefully recorded so we can provide instant feedback on the progress learners are making on their course. We have regular monthly reviews and parents/carer evenings as well as our usual Progress Reviews which take place in November, March and May.


At the review meetings we will work with learners and their families to plan and refine their education programme based on their EHCP. We will also set activities and tasks to be completed at home, so the whole family can contribute to the learning experience.
Parents/carers will be invited into the centre on a regular basis to discuss any concerns.

Pastrol & emotional needs

Looking after learners’ pastoral and emotional needs are just as important to us as support and learning needs. We are committed to promoting the health and well-being of all students and have trained staff who can deal with any safeguarding or risk assessment concerns.


Progress tutors will meet with learners to discuss any issues they may have. We aim to identify student mentors who will befriend young people new to the college to help them to settle into college life.

What do we provide?

Most centres are fully wheelchair accessible with lifts for first floor access. Bristol and York are only partially accessible. We have disabled toilets in all centres.
Equipment for young people with special educational needs is stored securely by the and is collected by the key staff working on a daily basis.

How to contact us

Parents and carers can make contact with Access’s Additional Learning Support staff by phone or in person. Contact details will be made available when we meet with you, or you can contact us on 0800 28 18 42 if you think your child will need additional support.

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