Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEN D) Information
Nescot welcomes learners with learning difficulties and/or disabilities. The Children and Families Act 2014 sets out the requirement for Schools and Colleges to make available the SEN D offer to prospective and existing students and their families.
At Nescot, we provide on-going, tailored support to support students to be successful in their learning.Students with learning difficulties or disabilities have a choice of pathways:
How can I get support on my chosen course?
The Learning Support team will work closely with you and will ask for your permission to contact other relevant professionals. This will then be shared with your tutor and other relevant staff.
Long-term laptop loans
Students who hold an EHCP, have indicated they have an additional support need at enrolment (noted by an ALS note on Promonitor) or those in receipt of bursary, are eligible for long-term laptop loans from the LRC.
Laptops can be taken and used at home. The student (or parent/carer) will be required to sign to say they will pay for any damages, should they occur.
ALS & EHCP laptop loan forms must be countersigned by a member of the Learning Support Team in N17. Bursary laptop loan forms must be countersigned by Sharon Greenwood in Student Finance. Laptops loans are recorded on the LRC system. Students will need their College ID.
What support is offered at Nescot?
The College will use its discretion to meet individual needs, some of the following may be provided if appropriate:
Nescot is unable to provide therapies such as Speech and Language, Occupational Therapy, Art or Drama Therapies. If therapies are required within a student’s EHCp then Nescot will liaise with the Local Authority who has responsibility for the plan to make arrangements for them to provide this service.
How accessible is Nescot?
We try to make sure that our premises are accessible to all. We have wheelchair friendly entrances, accessible lift and specially adapted toilet facilities. Once we are aware of individual needs we try to timetable lessons in the most suitable classrooms wherever possible. Our main objective is to create an environment that embraces the individual rights of our learners and their diverse cultural needs.
What training is given to staff to help teach learners with additional needs?
All staff participate in mandatory training sessions. These include safeguarding, disability awareness, equality and diversity and health and safety. A large number of staff, are specifically trained in supporting a wide range of learning needs and disabilities.
Supporting students when they join or move on from Nescot
We believe that it is important to transition into a new environment as smoothly as possible. We work individually with new students arranging college visits, link programmes with schools and bespoke study programmes to ensure that the provision meets the individual needs of each student.
When our learners move on and progress from College we liaise with external agencies to ensure that the next move is implemented smoothly.
All students have regular 1:1 and group tutorials and target setting sessions with a Progress Coach. This gives time to work with your Coach and Learning Support to set (SMART) targets to help you get the most out of your course and be successful. Our ProPortal software allows you and your parents / guardians to track your grades and see your success, attainment levels and progress on your course. This can also be accessed from home as well as college. We also host regular parent’s evenings.
Parents / carers are encouraged to:
How will Nescot support my overall wellbeing?
We endeavour to ensure the wellbeing of all our learners throughout the whole college. We have a strong Safeguarding and Wellbeing Team, including progress coaches, student wellbeing mentors who support, help and encourage students to overcome any issues they may encounter either in or outside college that may be effecting their attendance etc.
Foundation learners access the Seasons HUB for breaks where they can mix socially with friends and eat their lunch etc. For mainstream students Learning Support provides a variety of areas for students to access during break and unstructured times, these includes
Nescot's onsite Nurse is available Monday – Thursday to offer advice and support learners with medical conditions. If you have a medical condition, please make sure you discuss this when you visit the learning support team at interview.
Can I get career advice?
The Advice and Guidance Team is situated just off the main reception area. They offer free and impartial careers information and advice to anyone,
whether you're already studying at Nescot, thinking about applying, or
not sure what to do next.. If you have an ECHP, we will discuss your future aspirations and planning for adulthood during your annual review and support your liaison with your Local Authority.
Local Authority Local Offers
All Local Authorities are required to provide information to parents and young people of the SEN D provisions available in their local area and provides guidance on the processes required to apply for an EHCp etc.
Below are links to local offers that may be useful to you: