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The Nescot Journey for Students with an EHCP

If you have an EHCP and would like to come to Nescot to study one of our full-time vocational courses, you may be worried that the application process is difficult. Here are some points to follow if you have an EHCP (Education Health Care Plan).

Step 1: Thinking of applying…

In Year 11/Year 14 you will be considering your next steps.  You can attend one of our many open events to view the facilities, meet staff and current students, and find our more about the courses we offer.

If Nescot is for you, let your Local Authority know in the Annual Review of your EHCP.

The Local Authority will share your EHCP and Annual Review paperwork with us. A member of the Learning Support team will read the information provided to ensure that the College and Curriculum Department are able to meet your needs; this is called a Formal Consultation.

Local Authorities must submit consultations to Nescot by 31st March, prior to your expected start date.

Step 2: Applying

All students should apply for a place online using the Apply Now button on the course you are interested in. Please remember the email address and password you use for your application.  You will need it again if you accept the offer. Tick the boxes to say you have an EHCP and need support. Let us know here what your primary learning needs are.

Once you have applied, you will be invited to attend an interview with the curriculum department. The Learning Support Team will be based in the Undercroft (next to Starbucks cafe).  Please pop in for a chat. We will be able to tell you how your consultation is going, and you can ask any questions that you might have.

All applications are subject to the college being able to meet needs. If needs cannot be met, the college will inform the Local Authority and give them ample time to reconsult, should there be changes to the EHCP that have not been included.

Where the College cannot meet needs, applications will be withdrawn on 1st May. It is the Local Authority's responsibility to advise you of our decision.

Step 3: The right course for you

A conditional offer, depending on entry criteria, will be sent to you by email. You must accept the offer within 3 weeks of receipt, or we cannot hold the place. In some cases, curriculum departments may offer alternative routes, pathways, colleges, or providers that better suit your needs and provide you with better opportunities to achieve your aspirations. This will be discussed at your interview.

Step 4: Getting ready for college

Once you have accepted the offer you can expect the following:

  • You will be invited to a Welcome Day in June. This will give you the opportunity to try out an activity, meet other new students, and familiarise yourself with the curriculum area and staff. Learning Support staff will be ready to welcome you too and offer support to access the event and answer any queries you have. The college nurse will be available so any medication required for the day can be shared.

  • You will be invited to confirm your enrolment from mid-August. There will be a Learning Support Desk in the LRC to answer questions and ensure all information is captured. You will be directed there if we have some information missing. If you hold an EHCP and a consultation has not taken place, this will cause a delay at enrolment. Places on a suitable curriculum may no longer be available and delays in providing support are likely.

  • You must bring your exam results, confirmation of exam access arrangements (Form 8 issued by your school), and any medical information or confirmation of diagnosis that you think will be relevant to your studies. Once again, the Learning Support Staff will be there to support you with the enrolment process.
  • If you have not achieved the entry requirements for your course, the college will do their best to offer you an alternative.

  • You will sign your learning agreement and have your ID badge issued. You will be issued with a first day letter, with the time and location to meet on your first day, and a timetable.
Step 5: You are now a Nescot student!

You will attend an induction session at the start of September. Follow the instructions on your first day letter. You will meet your group and your named LSA. Your named LSA will be an advocate for you whilst at Nescot, ensuring teaching staff are aware of the outcomes and provisions of your EHCP and that they are being met.

In your first week, you will review the provisions and outcomes of your EHCP with your named LSA and agree key considerations, and teaching and learning strategies to share with the wider Teaching team. Learning support staff will regularly record how progress is being made towards outcomes.

If in your first 6 weeks, if you or your tutors feel you are not on the right course, we will do our best to move you onto a programme of study that better suits your needs. This may result in a change to your timetable. Please speak to your tutor if this applies to you.

Step 6: Meet the tutors

Your parents and carers will be invited to a Meet the Tutor evening in September. A member of the Senior Leadership Team will welcome them to the event and your parents and carers will have the opportunity to meet your tutors. Once again, the Learning Support Team will be at the event to answer any queries.

Step 7: Your annual review

The college will undertake an annual review, at the request of the Local Authority, where outcomes of the EHCP are reviewed and reported on. The college will endeavour to meet the 12-month deadline for annual reviews. However, if you are due to leave Nescot the following summer, your annual review will be prioritised. If you are starting out with us, your annual review will be scheduled for later in the year, so we can accurately report on your progress. If it is felt that the placement is not appropriate, then an emergency annual review will be held.

Step 8: Next steps

Your parents/carers will be invited to a parents evening in January where they will be issued with your midyear progress report. This is the opportunity to discuss next steps and where you will progress to in September.

Our careers advisor will visit your session in the Spring term to support you making decisions.

Applications for September will be submitted by your course tutor before the Easter break. You will receive conformation of application by email. Applications are subject to successful completion of your course.