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Supported Learning

Call our SEND & Learning Support Team:

01284 716 257

We provide a person-centred approach to meeting the individual learning and development needs of students with SEND in a safe, supportive and nurturing environment. Our team of dedicated and specialist staff offer individualised programmes designed to enable students to plan their steps to success, access a range of college and community opportunities and make positive progress towards meaningful goals.

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  • Pathway to Adulthood

    Individualised programmes for pre-entry level and entry level 1 students whose priority is to develop the skills that they need to live as independently as possible in the future. Students will develop their:

    • Independent living skills in the home and community
    • Ability to participate in activities both in and outside of college
    • Communication skills
    • Personal skills needed to work and get along with a range of people

    Development of these skills will help prepare students to be able to participate with confidence in social enterprise, supported living and community opportunities.

  • Learning for Work

    1 year programme for entry level students who aspire to follow the Pathway to Employment, but require additional support to make the transition to this Pathway.

    Students may need this support because of the difficulties they experience in managing change, or it may be because they currently do not have the personal and social skills to meet the mature expectations required to learn in an FE environment.

    Students may be able participate in the National Citizenship scheme within this programme.

  • Pathway to Employment

    A pathway for young people whose priority is to develop their independence, employability, personal and social skills so that they are ready to engage in the world of work.

    Students will be:

    • working at Entry Level 2/3
    • be able to meet mature behavioural expectations at college
    • demonstrate some level of independence on and off the campus
    • have basic problem solving skills
    • be willing to try new activities and challenges

    There will be a range of individualised programmes within this Pathway which will primarily be dependent on readiness to engage with employment.

    Participation in work related experience and vocational taster activities may form part of the individualised programmes.

  • Supported Internships

    Supported Internships are personalised study programmes, designed to enable young people with SEN to work towards achieving sustainable employment, by equipping them with the skills they require for the workplace.

  • Pathway to Achieve

    Offers a learner-centred approach for young people aged 16 to 18 who have various barriers to learning, which may have impacted attendance, achievement and progression at school or within further education.

  • Bespoke Pathway

    Recognising that it may be more difficult for you to take on the challenges of a full study programme, we’re always ready to help you achieve what’s possible for you.

    These supported education programmes are designed entirely around you and your needs. The aim is your aim, and the outcomes are based on what is realistic and possible for you to achieve.

    Bespoke pathways offer extra support including alternative high needs learning environments like Angel Hill College in Bury St Edmunds as a transition to learning on site at West Suffolk College.

    All applications and referrals are via WSC SEN Team & Special Admission Board.

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