Meeting your needs
The College contracts with Staffordshire ASSIST to
provide support for students with sensory impairment.
We also employ a number of Learning Support Assistants
who provide other support in class or in dedicated
sessions. Special examination arrangements are
made where needed. Support plans are designed in
consultation with you so they are tailored to individual
needs. With your permission, staff teaching on your
course are informed and are part of the plan. Your
progress is monitored through Progress Review.
The Entry Programme
For those with learning disabilities who need time and
support to access level 1 programmes or employment,
the Foundation Learning Programme provides entry level vocational and basic skills
qualifications as well as access to practical work environments.
Learning Support Fund
The Learning Support Fund is available to help with
childcare, travel, materials and maintenance for students
aged 16+. The fund is means tested on household
income. If you receive an award, you are required
to achieve 100% attendance (apart from authorised
absences for illness) and participation on your course.
Application forms are available in College, and you can
discuss your needs before you apply.
Educational Maintenance Allowance
The allowance is available for all school leavers and is
there to remove any financial barriers to participation in
further education. The level of support depends upon
household income, but can be up to £30 each week
with additional bonuses for achievement. Payments do
not affect any benefit payments made to the household.
Like Learning Support Fund, you are required to achieve
100% attendance apart from authorised absences for
illness and comply with your learning agreement. If you
are leaving school, make sure you receive full information
and an application form from your school or Connexions.
EMA arrangements for 2011-2012 Latest Information (pdf)
The College supports travel costs. Please ask for the
Adult Learning Grant
The allowance is available for those over 19. Conditions
include 100% attendance.