Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Support

Are you a SEND student that needs specialist support? Don’t worry, we’re here to help.

Our friendly High Needs SEND team act as a safety net for students, putting measures in place to ensure that everyone has a positive experience at the college and their needs are supported.

By the end of college, our helpful team will ensure you have developed adulthood skills in preparation for employment and independent living.

A three wave approach is in place to ensure students get the support they need. It is important that potential students discuss their support needs at the interview stage so it can be put in place before they start. Some campuses may vary on the provisions they can offer.

Wave 1 – Universal Offer to all Students

  • Quality First Teaching
  • Differentiation of resources
  • Exam Access Arrangements
  • Assistive technology
  • Access to overlays and coloured paper
  • Pastoral support for financial funding
  • Medical storage and access arrangements
  • In-class differentiation such as smaller tasks, visual handouts
  • Counselling referrals
  • Access to chrome books
  • Resource adaptions
  • Personalised timetables

Wave 2 – Targeted support

All of Wave 1 and the following:

  • Aids and adaptations (including adjustable tables and chairs)
  • Lift pass and time out pass as required
  • Individual support plan
  • Dictaphones and video recording equipment
  • VI support tailored to individual needs – modification of resources (braille)
  • HI support tailored to individual needs – Communication Support Workers who sign in British Sign Language
  • Pastoral Staff – coaching sessions

Wave 3 – Specialist/High Needs Support

All of Wave 1 and 2 and then the following:

  • Meet and greet
  • Familiarisation of campus and rooms
  • Personal care
  • Hoist
  • Changing table
  • Personal care
  • In / out of class support at ratio as stated in EHCP
  • Mobility support
  • Therapeutic interventions
  • Travel training
  • Independent living skills – as per EHCP outcomes
  • 1:1 out of class support/additional interventions
  • Occupational Therapist referral

Additionally for Adult Community & ESOL the following will be in place:

  • Supported visits
  • Life skills
  • Lunch peer groups
  • SEND drop in sessions

We also have the ‘Oasis Room’ – a safe space for students to address times of crisis, sensory overload, mental health issues, or periods of sudden change.

Support will be assessed on an individual basis and will vary depending on your assessed needs and Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP) if you have one. A support plan will be produced and shared with others on a need to know basis.

For SEND information, please contact SENDteam@leedscitycollege.ac.uk.

Learning support team contacts

At Leeds City College, we provide a service for students across the college. The High Needs team is committed to helping people with learning difficulties/disabilities to overcome the barriers within learning, identify strategies that will help them in adulthood, build on personal and social skills and be fully integrated into the college community.

Students who do not have an EHCP but require some support will receive this through Universal (first teaching) and targeted support. You should apply for your chosen program and discuss your support requirements at the interview.

We have a range of facilities that allow us to meet the needs of all our students.

High Needs Support

College Campuses on-site facilities

All of our campuses have disabled access to the building, accessible toilets, designated disabled parking, accessible cafe facilities and lift access to all levels (Only lift access to level one at Mabgate).

The following campuses also have additional facilities:

First aid room

First aid room

Park Lane Campus
Printworks Campus
Quarry Hill Campus
Joseph Priestley Centre
Enfield Centre

Hygiene suite with bed/ hoist

Hygiene suite with bed/hoist

Park Lane Campus
Printworks Campus
Quarry Hill Campus
Mabgate Campus
Somerville House
Joseph Priestley Centre

Deaf alert

Deaf alert

Park Lane Campus
Printworks Campus
Quarry Hill Campus
Enfield Centre
Deacon House

Accessible shower facilities with hoist

Accessible shower facilities with hoist

Park Lane Campus
Printworks Campus
Quarry Hill Campus
Joseph Priestley Centre

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