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Learning support

Additional Learning Support is available to learners with disabilities and learning difficulties, and in some cases also to those learners who need further help with their literacy, numeracy or language.

The College offers extra advice and support to help you learn and achieve your chosen qualification. Depending on eligibility, support is available for:

  • Dyslexia, dyspraxia and other specific learning difficulties
  • Autism Spectrum Condition
  • General learning difficulties
  • Physical, mobility or sensory difficulties 
  • Medical conditions: epilepsy, ME
  • Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH)
  • Language, literacy or numeracy skills
  • Personal care   
  • Specialist Support Dyslexia and Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD)
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

The support services we offer may include:

  • Assessment of learning needs to inform support
  • One-to-one support sessions
  • Help with personal organisation - this may include time-keeping, organisation, study skills and sequencing events
  • Referral to student welfare and counselling
  • Exam access arrangements
  • Support in class
  • Communicators, signers and interpreters
  • Adapted documents and materials, e.g. large print, coloured paper
  • Read and write Gold assistive software

As well as the support provided by our specialist lecturers, we have learning support assistants to help you find your way around College, take notes for you, act as communicators and look after your general welfare.

On the 1st September 2014, Learning Difficulty Assessments (LDAs) and Statements of Special Educational Needs (SSEN) were replaced with Education Health and Care assessments/plans. At present the three systems continue to run in parallel until LDAs and SSEN's are ceased in August 2016. Education Health and Care Plans are for children and young people between the ages of 0 to 25 who have special educational needs and/or disabilities. If a young person has SEN but does not have a Statement or EHC plan they are still entitled to support that enables them to achieve the best possible outcomes

For more information:

Contact the ALS teams:

  Maidstone: 01622 625937

  Medway: 01634 383138

  By email