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Trafford College as a provider, looks to identify leaners with SEND looking to transition to a mainstream Further Education setting as early as possible so their educational needs can be identified and discussed.

All schools, academies and colleges in Trafford are expected to identify and support pupils and students with special educational needs to make the best possible progress.

What kinds of special educational needs does the college provide for?

Trafford College is a general further education college and is committed to offering support that meets the needs of our students as appropriate to a general further education environment through the delivery of both academic and vocational qualifications. The college does not have a discrete SEND provision and as such has an inclusive approach and setting, working in partnership with students, their parents/carers and teaching and support teams in order to remove barriers to learning. This ensures everyone can participate successfully, achieve their learning goals and maximise their potential.

Trafford College review their curriculum offer at the beginning of each academic year for the following year’s entry. This includes the Study Programme offer , entry requirements, assessment process and Admissions Policy.For up to date information, please refer to our website www.trafford.ac.uk However, the information below provides a general overview.

The curriculum at Trafford College is split into 2 discrete areas of offer :-

1.Foundation Learning which provides an opportunity for students who may need additional learning to access further education courses. As there are no formal entry requirements , acceptance on a course is subject to an assessment and interview. To help prepare you for a higher level course, the Foundation Learning courses combine the following topics :

  1. English ( GCSE and Functional Skills)
  2. Maths ( GCSE and Functional Skills)
  3. Employability
  4. A Professional and Technical Option

2. Mainstream Curriculum which provides programmes of study mainly at Levels 2 and 3. In a limited number of vocational areas there are some level 1 programmes. Trafford College will use its best endeavours to put appropriate learning support in place to meet learners’ educational needs, including those without Education, Health and Care Plans. All young people enrolling on a full time course at Trafford College will be placed on an appropriate Study Programme. The level of study offered is dependent on specific academic entry requirements. ( Please refer to individual course entry details for each programmes specific requirements)

The Study Programme will consist of the following key elements:

  • A substantial core qualification in an academic or vocational discipline that leads to good progression outcomes into higher education, further study at the next level or sustainable employment
  • English and Maths courses for all learners without a grade C or above in these subjects at GCSE level
  • Work Related Learning within all vocational pathways including work experience, employability skills, enterprise capability and other opportunities to engage with the world of work
  • Professional Development Programme for one hour each week

All the above components are compulsory.

How does the college know if I need extra help?

  • Some learners attending Trafford College have an Education Health Care Plan (EHCP) which identifies the college as the most appropriate setting for the individual. This will identify the learning outcomes and provision/support required. All EHC Plans have an annual review process. Prior to being named in the plan Trafford College will be consulted to ensure the identified needs and outcomes can be met.
  • Trafford College works in partnership with local schools and attends Year 11 reviews in order to support the EHC process and identify educational needs and support.
  • All applicants are provided with the opportunity on application, enrolment and at subsequent points, to declare whether they have a learning need, a disability or a medical condition which will affect their learning.

How will the college and I know how I am doing?

All learners are regularly reviewed in terms of their progress at college and target grades. Learners in receipt of additional learning support will have the effectiveness of the support and its impact on their progress reviewed half termly, which may lead to changes in the type and level of support. If a student has an EHC Plan, the college will work with the local authority to review the plan on an annual basis. This is co-ordinated through the Colleges EHC Co-ordinators.

Parents/carers receive written reports from college and are invited to Parents Evenings to discuss progress. Learners in mainstream are assigned a Progress Tutor who conducts regular individual tutorials, the focus of which is progress within their Study Programme. Learners are set SMART targets to help them achieve and progress. All learners within the Foundation Learning department have a Personal Tutor who utilise electronic Individual Learning Plans (ILP) to monitor progress.

How will the curriculum be matched to my needs?

As part of our application, interview and assessment procedures, we will endeavour to enrol you on the most appropriate course of study. Individual needs assessment take place as part of this process, which starts once a formal application has been made to Trafford College for learners with an Education Health and Care Plan. As part of the process, where a learner has indicated an interest in attending Trafford College, the school will in most cases invite us to attend the Annual Review meeting in school. This commences the process of reviewing educational and support needs and whether a placement request for Trafford College is appropriate.

In Foundation Learning, all lessons have differentiated learning outcomes according to their learners’ needs and starting points. Teachers plan for individual needs. All learners have an ILP for English & Maths. Learners set SMART targets with support from their personal tutor. In Foundation Learning, the curriculum can be adapted depending on learning needs. All classrooms are accessible. Learning Facilitators are assigned to groups at Entry level offering further support for learners.The college provides support for learners across mainstream study programmes from Level 1 – 3.

Trafford College has available to all learners –

  • Allocation of a Student Mentor where appropriate
  • A student counselling service
  • Careers Advice and Guidance
  • An allocated Progress/Personal Tutor to provide 1 to 1 tutorials and pastoral support

In addition, Study Support is available for mainstream learners. Depending on available resources and assessed need this is delivered via in class shared support in maths and English or 1 to 1.

How will college staff support me?

All learners have an allocated progress/personal tutor and this is the first point of contact on a daily basis for each learner and for one to one tutorials.

The Education Health and Care Plan Co-ordinator/s in addition will have regular meeting with learners with an EHC to discuss the support being provided and if any changes are required, either as an increase in support or decrease.

Individual roles and support will be explained to the learner as part of the student centred approach to support from initial application and at all stages to progression from college.

How is the decision made about what type and how much support I will receive?

If a learner has an EHCP, this document will outline the particular needs, outcomes and special educational provision required to meet those needs either by the college or an external organisation. The EHC Co-ordinator and curriculum staff/progress or personal tutor will work with the learner to oversee the implementation of their plan, set targets and review progress and support required. The information is discussed with the learner, and or parent/carer or support agency. All decisions are made jointly with the learner within a student centred approach, as the learner is critical in acknowledging and agreeing to the identified support.

Where a learner is identified as having SEN without an EHC Plan, Trafford College will bring together all the relevant information from the school, from the young person, from those working with the student and any assessments.The effectiveness of the support and its impact on the learner progress will be reviewed regularly, taking into account the learner’s progress and any changes to the learner’s own ambitions and aspirations, which may lead to changes in the type and level of support.

How will I be included in activities outside the classroom including physical activities and trips?

Risk assessments will be completed as part of the colleges Health and Safety Policy for all external visits and trips as part of your curriculum programme. Trafford College offer an enrichment programme for its learners which includes –

  • Events and activities that will help to develop the skills required to be successful in the world of work
  • Career Academies UK
  • National Citizen Service
  • Sport
  • Student Ambassador scheme
  • Student Council
  • Student reps and societies

What support will there be for my overall wellbeing?

Trafford College expects hard work and commitment from the learners; in return an excellent support package is offered to help the learner to succeed. These include:

Progress Tutor – at the start of the course, the learner will be teamed up with a progress tutor who will see the learner regularly to discuss the progress, along with any issues or problems that may occur. If the learner has a problem that the progress tutor can’t provide appropriate support/guidance with, you will always be referred to someone who can help you.

Careers and Guidance – the professional team, along with Connexions will assist in the planning for the learner’s next step.

Counselling – if you want to talk in confidence about any unexpected difficulties, worries or problems then the approachable counsellor is available to speak to them privately.

Mentoring – the dedicated student mentors are available to encourage you to manage your own learning, maximise potential, develop skills, improve performance and work towards being the person you want to be.

Contraceptive and sexual health service and FE Chaplains.We do not have on-site college nurses, therefore if administration of medicines is required, this will form part of the assessment process.

All learners are expected to adhere to the College Code of Conduct and College Values.

What specialist services and expertise are available at or accessed by the college?

Trafford College is a general Further Education College and as such does not provide directly any specialist services or support. Where required and evidenced within an Education Health and Care Plan these are externally sourced, e.g. Trafford Sensory Impairment Service .

If a stated support need which is outside of the resourcing/specialist knowledge available at the college this will be discussed as part of the consultation process and will be used as part of the decision making process as to whether Trafford College is a suitable provider or not.

What training have the staff supporting students with SEND had?

Staff have been provided with the following awareness training as non-specialists:

  • Supporting students with Autism
  • Asperger’s Syndrome
  • Dyslexia – effective strategies for learning
  • Behaviour management for Support Professionals
  • Behaviour Management Strategies
  • Raising awareness of learners with hearing impairments

How accessible is the college environment?

Each campus has accessibility to all rooms, for those who have difficulty using stairs or use wheelchairs, through the provision of lifts. Evacuation chairs are provided in all buildings. A Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan (PEEP) is provided for all students who require one. Student parking is allowed at both centres and there a number of accessible parking bays situated at the main entrances and other entrances.

At both centres there are accessible toilets with full specification layouts. For students with hearing impairments there are hearing loops in a number of areas. All emergency signs use symbols, pictures and graphics.The college works with the Local Authority in the provision of specialist equipment to minimise barriers to learning for learners with a wide range of accessibility requirements. Where assistive technology or adapted aids are required, these are provided. Specialist and assistive technology may include adjustable furniture, specialist keyboards, specialist software, apps, CCTTV and support for students with cochlear implants.

For learners who require a special diet, they are able to meet with the catering team who will provide information and support. They will also arrange how the specific requirements of a specialist diet can be met whilst at college.

How are my parents and I involved in the college?

The Progress/Personal Tutor is the main point of contact, unless an alternative contact has been provided, such as Education Health and Care Plan co-ordinator. Formal reports and Parents Evenings are provided throughout the year. However, parents are welcome to contact the college at any point .Trafford College is committed to working with parents, guardians and carers of students and provides many opportunities to meet staff throughout the year. These include Open Events, Welcome Evenings, Parents’ Nights and Award Evenings.

Feedback is requested at all events in order that the service to parents can be continually improved. All first year parents receive a welcome Parents Handbook and a covering letter from the Principal. Trafford College has a focus on continuous improvement and the views of students and their parents are highly valued. Online surveys, focus groups and Progress Tutor representative groups/ student reps are planned into each college year and feedback is compared to previous years to identify areas for improvement.

Who can I contact for further information?

If you are interested in attending Trafford College please request via your current school that Trafford College are invited to your Transition Review in school. On submitting your application form and you have an EHC or expect to have one, our EHC team will make contact with you if we haven’t been invited to your Transition Review. Alternatively contact can be made with the Parent and Young People Partnership whose contact details are available on Trafford Councils Local Offer page.

All applicants are invited into the Colleges Information and Offer Evenings, where your learning needs can be discussed. Alternatively we have a number of Open events throughout the academic year.

How will the college prepare and support me to join the college or transfer to the next stage of education and life?

One of the best ways to see the variety of courses and support offered at Trafford College is to attend an Open Event to talk to staff about courses, see the facilities and look around the campus. In November there is a full Open Day on a Saturday; the date can be found on the college website. The Open Day provides an ideal opportunity to spend time making sure that Trafford College is the right choice for each prospective learner. Learners with additional needs are advised to visit Study Support at any of the open events and speak to members of the team about their requirements and the support available. There is a further Open Evening in the Spring Term, please see our website for further details.

All learners with an offer are invited to a transition day at the end of June prior to entry in the September. In addition, once results are known learners are invited in to complete their enrolment and have a further opportunity to discuss their support needs,

Schools and local authorities arrange transition meetings and reviews before a school leaver funded by the Local Authority for support moves to College. The College reviews Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plans or other profiles provided by schools to endeavour to ensure that all support needs are known before transition to College takes place. Trafford College staff work closely with SENCOs in schools to share information on learners’ attainment and support needs, to ensure a smooth transition to post 16 education.

For all other learners, there is a progression programme that runs through the Spring Term to identify where each individual wishes to progress to, whether that be internally or to a new post 16 provider, higher education, employment or an apprenticeship.

What other support is available?

Find out more about the local offer of support which is available on the Trafford Service Directory www.trafford.gov.uk/localoffer or by contacting the Family Information Service on: