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Additional Learning Support

Additional Learning Support

“Arrangements to identify and provide specialist support for learners with additional learning needs are good. Practical individual support, for example for dyslexia, is provided at the earliest opportunity. Learners value the support they receive highly”.
(Ofsted November 2015)

16-18 Students

Richmond upon Thames College is passionate about supporting students with learning differences and/or disabilities in a safe and inclusive learning environment. We have a dedicated team of skilled specialists who are responsible for ensuring that appropriate support and reasonable adjustments are in place for students with additional learning needs.

ALS aims to;

• Support students to become independent learners
• Make reasonable adjustments to enable access to the curriculum and college life
• Support progression onto higher education, apprenticeships or employment

If you are an adult student and you require reasonable adjustments, please refer to the ‘Evening Provision’ section.

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 (AD(H)D), Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH), sensory and physical needs and moderate learning difficulties.

Types of Additional Learning Support

• Screening for Specific Learning Differences (SpLD), such as Dyslexia and Dyspraxia, and for visual discomfort through the selection of individually tailored coloured overlays
• Screening and exam access arrangements, such as extra time, reader, scribe, prompt, separate room, use of a laptop, reading pen and rest breaks
• In-class Additional Learning Support Assistants, who can work with you on an individual (or small group) basis in the classroom, according to your needs
• One-to-one support, including specialist dyslexia (SpLD) support
• Practical support for students with sensory and physical needs
• Risk assessments (including Personal Evacuation Plans)
• Access to Assistive Technology
• Access to specialist equipment (such as magnifiers, tablets, laptops, reading pens and keyboards)

Specialist Learning Environments

The Learning Support Workshop (D20) is a supervised and supportive study area available for use by students who have additional learning needs.

How do I get support?

If you have an “Education, Health and Care plan” (EHC plan) please indicate this on the application form; this will enable us to make sure that a member of the ALS team attends your course interview. At the interview your support needs and reasonable adjustments will be discussed.

We ask all learners to disclose any medical or additional learning support needs at the application and enrolment stage. If you disclose a medical issue, disability or learning difference that may affect your study you may be invited to meet with a member of the ALS team or our Health and Safety Officer in order to discuss your needs and reasonable adjustments.

We will try to make sure that reasonable adjustments are put in place at the start of the course and ensure that your needs are met throughout your study.

If you have concerns about your progress on your course or feel that you would benefit from additional learning support you can email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Evening Provision (Adult/Part-Time Students)

If you have applied for a part-time evening course and have a learning difficulty, disability or health need please indicate this on the application form. If you would like to find out about reasonable adjustments for your course please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We advise that you let us know about the reasonable adjustments you may need at least 7 days before the start of your course, so that we are able to make arrangements for your start.

ALS Contacts

Disability Officer; Paul Smyth: 0208 607 8173 for learners (including High Needs Students) on mainstream programmes This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Additional Learning Support Manager; Rachael Chidgey: 0208 8607 8424 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

General ALS enquiries: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Additional Learning Support (Dyslexia and Neurodiversity), Room D19

Lisa Hyams, 0208 607 8209 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Katy Parnell, 0208 607 8233 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Carola Robinson-Tait, 0208 607 8483 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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