Welcome to St Vincent College and information that will guide you when making choices either for yourself or your son/daughter or Looked after Child.
St Vincent College is based in Gosport, Hampshire.
(Post code: PO12 4QA)
The college has an ethos of inclusivity where students with a range of levels and abilities work harmoniously alongside each other.
How does the College know if I need extra help?
Information is sent to the college either ahead of enrolment, at enrolment or can be acquired from a student’s previous school after enrolment. Prospective students are asked to declare any support requirements on the application form and at interview and again, during the enrolment process.Screening activities are part of enrolment in order that the college can identify individual strengths and possible support needs for students whilst they participate on college courses.Some students will be in receipt of an S139A/Statement/Moving On Plan or an Education, Health and Care Plan. If this is the case, their support needs are known well in advance of their attendance at college and often, such High Cost Learners will have extra funding attached to them to ensure that the support identified is in place is appropriate and allows them to achieve successfully in a Post-16 educational environment.
The college Learning Support Department works closely with all schools and where appropriate, Link Courses and Transition is organised early in the academic year so prospective students can familiarise themselves with both the staff and the college
What are the arrangements for assessing the progress of students with special educational needs and what should I do if I need extra help?
Internal assessment in individual subject areas is implemented at the beginning of the academic year in order that levels of achievement and ability are established. Different formats are used relating to each subject area. This enables the college to identify whether a course is at a suitable level for a student and, alongside information gained from the initial screening process, to identify if any support is required and if so, what strategies would be most appropriate. Further assessment in the form of Educational Psychologist Report with accompanying guidance to the college on how best to support a student, can also be triggered in specific cases.Examination arrangements are applied for and students informed in order that exam practice can be an active part of a Study Skills programme.If a student feels that they need extra help, they are encouraged to talk to their Tutor or subject Teacher initially. However, all students can freely access Study Skills without consulting teaching staff and can independently organise participation in these sessions. However, they may be invited to attend Study Support if any initial assessments carried out raise concerns. Teaching staff can refer students to Study Skills if they consider a student to need support with their learning. All students are assessed continually to ensure they are making good progress and meeting all agreed targets. Students with individual needs may have an Individual Education Plan (IEP) initiated which will be reviewed at agreed intervals by teaching staff and the Learning Support Manager and/or the Learning Support Coordinator.
- Outside Agencies such as:
- Specialist Teacher Advisory Service (Hearing Impairment, Visual Impairment, Physical Difficulties and Autistic Spectrum Disorder)
- Occupational Therapists,
- Speech and Language Therapists,
- Social Care and
- Educational Psychologist
All these agencies work closely with the College to support young people with needs in education.
Teaching staff in the Learning Support Unit have specific qualifications in teaching such as Specialist Teacher status for Specific Learning Difficulties; ASD; Severe Learning Difficulty, Moderate Learning Difficulty, challenging behaviour and attendant medical qualifications.
How will my course work be organised to meet my individual needs?Once established, a student’s individual needs will dictate the support strategy which is most appropriate so students can progress and be successful. Differentiation is a key component of any support strategy and this may take a variety of forms from extending deadlines (to match an exam arrangement of 25% extra time) to using coloured paper for set work, specific use of language within a test paper, a lap top or the use of a scribe. These are just some examples of how differentiation can support a student in their work and be used to support, track and monitor progress.Some students may have hospital admissions or require therapies as part of their timetable. Individualisation of the timetable may be required in such instances. This will negotiated with the Student Services Manager and the Learning Support Manager.
How will I be involved in planning for my needs and who will explain it and help me?
All students, irrespective of needs, are encouraged to become fully involved in all aspects of the planning and delivery of their education in a Post-16 setting. They will be encouraged to become independent learners and will self-advocate where possible. However, some students may need support whilst they develop these skills. Such students will have a:
- Personal tutor
and some will have a
- Key worker
- and/or a mentor.
Some students may have an
These will take on this role and they will accompany the student to any meetings and if necessary (and in agreement with the student) either speak on their behalf, spend time explaining it to them or relay information the student wishes to convey.
The support workers will also keep records of all such meetings.
Overall responsibility for the management of these activities will lay with the Learning Support Coordinators and the Learning Support Manager one of whom will be present in all meetings, where appropriate.
The college fully supports intervention from Outside Agencies and will work cooperatively with these so that a student is fully supported in discussions around the planning and execution of meeting their individual needs within the college setting.
Who will tell me what I can do to help myself to be more independent?
All students, irrespective of levels of ability, are encouraged and supported in becoming as independent as possible, which is part of preparation for adult life. Where appropriate, students will take initial responsibility for attendance and timekeeping and the meeting of coursework deadlines. The college has a Code of Conduct and the expectation is that all students will adhere to this. College tutors will support and advise students regarding academic, social, emotional and behavioural targets.All students have a progress tutor whilst those students on vocational courses will have a personal tutor.Students who are based in the Unit will have a personal tutor and a key worker both of whom work in tandem with a mentoring team.
Part of the remit of all staff involved in the pastoral aspect of college life, is to support students in developing their skills in independency albeit in learning skills or life skills. For students with Severe Learning Difficulty and Moderate Learning Difficulty, Life Skills and Independency form part of the curriculum and are therefore embedded within individual timetables.
What should I do if I am worried about something? How can I get help if I am worried about things other than my course?
As mentioned previously, a strong pastoral support system provides the students with a range of support mechanisms. Students can access freely their identified:
- Curriculum Manager,
- Teaching staff,
- Personal and progress tutors,
- Learning Support Assistants.
The Learning Support Manager, Student Services Manager and the Assistant Principals for both Curriculum and Student and Community are also available for consultation. The Finance Department in the college will respond to queries over transport and bursaries.
The college also employs a range of outside agencies including
- Counselling services and a
- Full time nurse who resides on the college campus. The college nurse oversees medical protocols and stores, tracks, monitors and records the administration of medication. Personal Care is also managed by the Nurse and her team. The organisation and delivery of:
- Physiotherapy and
- Occupational Therapy
These are part of the Nurse’s duties. Where appropriate, specific agencies can be contacted and appointments made either in college or at an alternative venue.
Study Skills support is available throughout the college day and students are free to make contact using a variety of methods such as email, filling in a form or attending a drop-in session.
Students are encouraged to voice any worries or concerns they may have and are guided on induction, as to where specific help is available for them to access.
How will I know if I am doing as well as I should?
All students will be included in the following events:
- Progress Reviews
- Parents’ Evenings,
Students, parents and carers are welcome to make contact with Curriculum Managers, Student Support Manager, Learning Support Manager or Progress Tutors to discuss individual student progress. This is particularly important should there be specific concerns or information from home that the college needs to be aware of.
The college in return, will contact parents/carers if a student has continued to fail despite initial discussion with the young person or if the college are significantly concerned regarding certain aspects of a student’s performance or behaviour.
All students have on-line access to their attendance, grades, reports and individual targets.
Teaching staff are available for tutorials and to help and advise students regarding individual progress. Teaching staff work closely with the Learning Support Team so students are enabled to track their personal progress closely.
Students attached to the Learning Support Unit will have a Tutor and a Key Worker who will support their progress. Individual learning targets are set weekly in conjunction with the student, therefore every student will know how well they are doing.
One-to-one LSAs work as part of the team that monitors and tracks progress.
Any concerns parents may have can be directed to the Tutor or the Learning Support Coordinator (Operations) or the Learning Support Manager. All parents have direct access to staff in the Unit through the Learning Support Office.
Are there staff in college who have had special training to help young people who need extra help? Can the college get extra help from experts outside the college if they need to?
All college staff are trained in Safeguarding and Equality and Diversity. All Staff are screened through the Disbarring Service (DBS) process and are therefore approved to work in the college environment with and alongside young people.
Teaching staff working in the Learning Support Unit and in Cross College Support all have specialist qualifications. These include the following:
Learning Support Manager:
MSc: Special Education; BA (Hons) Education(2:1); Diploma Advanced Education (SEN: SENCo); Certificate in Education (Teacher Training); Diploma Advanced Education: Assessment and Teaching of Students with SpLD (Dyslexia)
Learning Support Coordinator (Operations):
Certificate in Education (Teaching); BSc (Hons) Nursing Studies; Post Graduate Diploma (Level 7) Teaching Adults with Learning Difficulties and Supporting Young People with ASD.
Learning Support Coordinator (Cross College):
B.A (Hons) English and Education; Diploma Education; Post Graduate Diploma Specific Learning Disability (Dyslexia) Member of British Dyslexia Association.
Team Leader: Bridging (MLD):
Certificate in Education (Teaching); Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching Adults with Learning Difficulties; HND-Business and Leisure
Team Leader: Prep: (SLD):
Certificate in Education (Teaching); Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching Adults with Learning Difficulties
Team Leader: Foundation Learning (Level 1):
B.A. (Education); PGCE: Teaching; Post Graduate Diploma (Level 7) Teaching Adults with Learning Difficulties and Supporting Young People with ASD.
Teaching Staff (General):
All staff have qualified teaching status with individual subject specialisms.
All are qualified to L5 (Teaching). One has a BA (Hons), plus PGCE, Post graduate Certificate in Teaching Adults with Learning Difficulties. Three TAs are currently studying an Advanced Diploma (Level 6) in Special Educational Needs.
Learning Support Assistants:
LSAs have a range of qualifications based within the cohort. Approximately 15% have a full teaching qualification and others are educated to degree standard in a range of subject areas. Some have Care and Health qualifications including Registered Nurse status. Approximately 25% have a recognised Level 3 qualification in Learning Support and others have a Mentoring qualification. Many have had experience working with young people with ASD and Cerebral Palsy and all staff are trained to deliver:
- Personal Care,
- Manual Handling,
- First Aid in the Workplace.
Some LSAs specialise in supporting
- Peg feeding,
- Hearing Impairment and
- Visual Impairment.
Specialist Paediatric Disability Nurse:
BA Health and Social Care, RNLD, Diploma in Social Work, Foot Health Practitioner Diploma.
RGN (Awaiting appointment for September 2014)
Young people who will require specialist equipment so they fully access Post-16 education will be supported through funding provided by the relevant service. Appropriate equipment will be identified in the Education, Health, and Care Plan (EHCP) and funding provided so the College can source and install the equipment in time for the beginning of the academic year. The involvement of Outside Agencies such as:
- Specialist Teacher Advisory Service,
- Health (for physiotherapy, occupational therapy, Speech and Language therapy and Social Care etc.)
These are also identified in the EHCP and those requirements acknowledged by the College who will state whether they can deliver these services on site.
The college will also employ the services of an Educational Psychologist if screening identifies that a student has a specific learning problem. This enables the college to apply for examination arrangements where applicable and also guides the teaching in how best to support the student in their learning.
The college works closely with Health and Social Care Community Teams and where appropriate, interventions and support take place within the college environment. Some clinics such as:
- Wheelchair services and
These can also be organised so students do not have to travel to their local hospital to receive treatment. (This is organised on an annual basis and dependent on the number of young people involved)
If I have difficulty in taking part in college activities, what different arrangements can be made?
As far as possible, reasonable adjustments are made to include all learners in college activities.
Trips and visits which form part of subject assessments will consider accessibility with regard to wheelchairs, medical protocols and support for learning. Risk Assessments will detect potential concerns and the actions required to lessen these identified risk factors.
- LSAs and/or
- Care assistants
These will accompany students on all trips and visits where such a need has been identified.
Subject teachers and Curriculum Managers have responsibility for organising trips and visits. They will provide the initial Risk Assessment. The Learning Support Manager ensures that the initial Risk Assessments reflects the support required for the individual student, thereby reducing associated risks.
a) How will I know who can help me?
Students with an identified individual need will be known to all staff involved in their areas of learning alongside pastoral staff. This includes:
- Curriculum Managers in subject areas where the young person is studying
- Subject staff
- Progress Tutors.
- Learning Support Manager,
- Learning Support Coordinators (Operational and Cross College) will also be closely involved with identified students. Students may also have an LSA attached to them. Therefore, any of these staff will help students; the student may freely approach the member of staff they feel most comfortable with.
b) Who can I talk to about getting involved in student activities if I need extra help?
Every subject area has activities that students are encouraged to join. Talking to the subject teacher or their student representative in their class would be the first step. If the young person requires extra help, the Learning Support Manager will be asked to assess the type and quantity of support required and will respond accordingly.
If activities require specialist equipment, where appropriate, this will be provided for the young person through appropriate funding streams.
c) If I have a disability or additional need, how can I join in college activities?
The college aim is one of inclusivity and it is planned that most activities can include all students within the college. In order to achieve this, the college is
- Fully wheelchair accessible with
- Disabled changing rooms,
- Medical rooms
- Toilets for the disabled.
- Students with visual impairment will have locational sessions with the Specialist Teacher Advisory Service in order that they become fully acquainted with the college environment.
- Hearing loops are placed in all communal areas including Reception and most recently in the newly refurbished Learning Centre.
What help is there to help me get ready to start college?
Preparation for the move of a young person from Secondary education to Post-16 education is of primary importance to every person involved.
- Open Evenings: The college holds several Open Evenings throughout the academic year where prospective students can explore the college and the range of course options available to them. In these Open Evenings, young people and their parents/carers can meet staff and discuss with them the most appropriate courses and decide whether they wish to then apply to the college for a place for the next academic year.
- Prospectus: The college produces two main prospectuses; one for main stream students and one for the discrete courses available in the Learning Support Unit. These are sent to schools for distribution, can be sent out on request or are available to download from the college website.
- Identified Young People: Some young people will have been previously identified by the school as being in need of support. These young people will be in receipt of a Statement of Educational Needs, have had Annual Reviews, a Moving On Plan/S139A or had support at school through Learning Support. The may have had an Individual Learning Plan and/or a Learning Difficulty Assessment. Some young people may have a medical condition which has required intervention in order that they have access to education.
The college receives an S139A or an Education Health and Care Plan which identifies what support and/or equipment a young person will require in order that they can fully access Post-16 education. After interview and having considered the S139A/EHCP the college will respond and either confirm or refuse the offer of a place at the college.
- Transition: The college will visit the young person in their current educational setting and also go into the home should this be appropriate. The college then arranges with parents/carers and the current school, a period of transition where the young person attends college in advance of the coming academic year. This allows a familiarisation process to take place for both the young person and the college.
- Introduction Day: All students are invited into college to attend an introduction day where they can participate in “tasters” of the subjects they are interested in studying.
- New Student Parents’/Carers Evening: Parents/Carers are invited to attend an evening meeting with the Principal, Assistant Principals and Curriculum Managers. The meeting is a general introduction to how the college operates, expectations and importantly, an opportunity for parents/carers to meet with key staff and raise queries or any concerns they may have.
Prospective students, parents and carers are welcome to contact the college at any point if they require further information or advice.
I am coming to college to prepare for employment-how will I be supported?
Employment is the ultimate aim for all students in Post-16 education, albeit through moving onto University courses, Training courses, Apprenticeships, or directly into employment. To achieve this the college employs a Careers Advisor and all students have the opportunity to access this service and to be guided through the range of options available.
Four Employment and Careers Fairs are held in college throughout the year and more at other venues. Students are encouraged to attend as many as possible and can then ask advice from the Careers advisor having gained relevant information.
Students in the Learning Support Department have their own Employment Fair which also looks at voluntary options alongside training schemes. Life skills is included in the curriculum for students participating on courses in the Unit alongside Work Experience. The Unit also has as part of its provision, an Employability Course which includes Work Experience and a curriculum dedicated to preparing students for the work place.
Complaints Procedure (from young people with SEN concerning provision made at the College)All complaints should be directed to the Principal initially. The Principal will then direct a senior member of the management team to investigate the complaint. Action will then be taken in light of any findings.
Matt Atkinson, Interim Principal
Contact Details of Staff at St Vincent College
Name Position/Role Tel./Email Glynis Western(SENCo) Learning Support Manager Tel: 023 92 599 311/023 92 603 674 email:firstname.lastname@example.org Jane Windsor Learning Support Coordinator (Operations) Tel: 023 92 599 311/023 92 603 674 email:email@example.com Christina Currie Learning Support Coordinator(Cross College) Tel: 023 92 599 311email: firstname.lastname@example.org Andy Grant Assistant Principal: Student and Community Tel: 023 92 588 311email: email@example.com Learning Support Unit Tel: 023 92 603 674
Who we are
Glynis Western(Named person) Jane Windsor Christina Currie Andy Grant