Additional Learning Support
Richmond upon Thames College is passionate about supporting students with learning difficulties and/or disabilities in a safe and inspiring learning environment. We have a dedicated team of skilled specialists who are responsible for ensuring that effective and appropriate support and reasonable adjustments are in place for students requiring assistance with accessing their academic studies and in their progression on to further/higher education, apprenticeships or employment. If you need reasonable adjustments for an adult course, please scroll down to the adult course section of this page.
The Additional Learning Support Team
We have a team of specialist staff who are experienced in supporting learners with Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Autism, Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder, Social, Emotional and Mental Health, sensory and physical needs, moderate and severe learning difficulties.
Types of Additional Learning SupportSpecialist assessors who can screen for exam access arrangements
- In-class learning support
- One-to-one teaching sessions
- Support for learners with visual, hearing, speech or mobility needs
- Accessibility software
- Specialist equipment and laptops
- Speech and language support
- Social/communications workshop
- Specialists in autism, dyslexia, mental health and specific learning difficulties
- Access to specialist equipment – such as tablets, laptops, reading pens and keyboards
Specialist Learning Environments
The Learning Support Workshop (D20) is a supportive study area accessible to students who have additional learning needs and high needs.
How do I get support?
Richmond upon Thames College aims to support you to reach your full potential, become independent learners and achieve your goals. We will ensure that reasonable adjustments are in place to enable you to fully access the curriculum and college life.
We ask all learners to disclose any medical conditions, learning difficulties or physical or sensory disabilities or additional learning support needs at the application stage (via Application Form), enrolment stage (via Enrolment form) and at induction (via ALS disclosure form). If you disclose a medical issue, learning need, disability or learning difficulty that may affect your study, we can advise you on what support would enable you to access and achieve on your course. You may be invited to meet with one of our specialist staff in order to discuss your needs further. We also offer advice and training to your teachers on how they can support you to access teaching and learning and what access arrangements you are entitled to in your exams and assessments.
A highly experienced and enthusiastic team supports students with complex needs very effectively. Staff support students very well to develop in confidence and increase their independence.
Teachers and support staff prepare students very well for employment. The majority of students take part in meaningful work experience which meets their individual needs.
The majority of students progress to higher levels of study or employment when they complete their course. Ofsted 2017
Students with High Needs (Education, Health and Care plans) on Mainstream Provision
Students should indicate on their application if an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP) has been agreed by their Local Authority (LA). An EHCP will help us to assess a student’s needs and make suitable recommendations regarding the reasonable adjustments and additional support we are able to provide.
A member of the ALS team will attend the curriculum interview for students who have indicated that they have an EHCP. During this meeting we can advise and discuss the needs, outcomes and provision recommended on the plan, therefore a written copy of the plan is required at this point.
The LA should write to the ALS Manager to request a placement consultation including a copy of the EHCP (in word format), which states RUTC as a named provider. We require a copy of the final plan by the start of the academic year of entry. You may need to inform the LA that RUTC is now the first choice of college, to ensure that we receive the EHCP.
We will consider requests from the LA to provide provision for a student with an EHCP. To consider this request, we require a copy of the plan to enable us to assess whether we are able to meet the students’ needs and provide suitable provision in principle.
Students with EHCP will be given provisional offers until we are able to formally agree to meeting their needs, as required in the EHCP.
Support for Adult learners
The college can provide support for a wide range of disabilities and learning differences including autism, ADHD, dyslexia, dyspraxia, hearing and visual impairments, mental health and mobility impairment. If you suspect you have a learning difficulty but have never been assessed, please ask for an appointment with one of our ALS tutors who will be able to carry out an assessment. The ALS team also assess students for access to special exam arrangements such as extra time, modifications to papers and more.
Students who are 19+ years old with Education Health and Care Plans (EHCP) issued by the Local Authority are not required to pay course fees (ie tuition fees are free). Students will be required to provide a final copy of their EHCP provided by the LA as evidence.
ALS Enquiries: 0208 607 8445