Barking & Dagenham College can offer a range of specialist support for students with a special education need as a result of a learning difficulty or disability.
What is a Special Educational Need (SEN)?
A person has special educational needs (SEN) if s/he has learning difficulties or disabilities that make it harder for them to learn than most other people of a similar age.
Many people will have special educational needs of some kind during their education.
How Barking & Dagenham College can help
Nicky Gibson, our Head of Additional Learning Support & Personal Development, leads a highly-trained team who provide a range of support to make sure that all BDC students have equality of access and opportunity.
If you have any questions, please get in touch.
“The support and understanding at Barking & Dagenham College has given our son Jack equal opportunities and has bridged the gap between his special educational needs and abilities.
“The tutors offer genuine enthusiastic care and support.”
Peace of mind
If you, or a young person in your family, has a learning difficulty or disability there are lots of ways we can help support them, such as providing:
- Specialist equipment
- Adaptive technology and specialist software
- In-class support via a learning support practitioner
- One-to-one tuition and specialist support for:
- Maths and number work
- English: spelling, reading and writing
- English for Speakers of Other Languages
- Specialist Dyslexia Tuition
- A Communication Support Worker – for Deaf/Hearing Impaired
- Extra help or more time in exams and with assignments
- Advice on grants that may be available
Involve us early on
The first step is to make sure we understand exactly the type of support that is needed.
Please do apply as early as possible for a course. Our application form includes a section where you can tell us about the learning difficulties, disabilities or medical conditions that you may have.
Once you have declared a need for ALS, the application form will be copied and sent to the ALS team who will contact you to attend an ALS interview in order to discuss your support needs and devise a support plan to suit your individual needs.
The right mix of support for you
Our team of Learning Support Practitioners provide a range of assistance in the classroom and beyond, including:
- Personal Care
- Modification/Simplification of language
- Note-taking assistance
- Assistance during breaks and at lunch