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Academic Support and Student Welfare

Here at Long Road, we share a passion for learning and its capacity to transform lives we encourage and inspire you to be the best that you can be. Our promise to you? To listen and respond to your individual needs so that you have the opportunity to fully immerse yourself in all academic and social aspects of Long Road life.

All of our teaching and support staff have a strong commitment to ensuring you have equal opportunities to succeed; their experiencers and advice make Long Road accessible and friendly to all students. Students with learning difficulties, physical impairments and other health issues study here and achieve the same high standards as all other students at the college.

Whatever challenges you face, we believe you can achieve your best; our dedicated support team will work with you and your family to ensure this happens. Our team of qualified specialist tutors and can provide formal and informal assessments of your individual learning needs. If you have an EHC plan we will develop individual learning programmes which are regularly reviewed and adjusted as needed.

  • All buildings have ready access for wheelchair users.
  • All courses provide opportunities for individual support in workshop sessions with subject specialists.
  • Classroom and general assistance for students who have physical impairments such as partial sight, partial hearing and motor skills difficulties.
  • Drop-in counselling service for students who need help, advice or a friendly chat.
  • Individual teaching support is available for students with specific learning difficulties, such as dyslexia or Aspergers, or for students with English as their second language.
  • Specialist IT equipment and software to support students’ studies including text-to-speech and mind-mapping programmes.
  • Workshops on revision, self-confidence, time-management, study skills, essay writing and exam techniques are held throughout the year.

Please call for a copy of our Disability Statement (available in braille and large print).

Contact our SEND Coordinator – Tina Abbott on 01223 631100 or for further information

Changes to SEND

The government has introduced new laws for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

From 1st September 2014 local authorities replaced statements of Special Educational Need (SEN) with a new Educational and Health Care Plan (EHCP) as well as publicising a Local Offer of the services and activities that are available to parents and young people.

In addition young people with a Learning Difficulty Assessment (LDA) will be able to request from the local authority an EHC assessment.

To support this change the government are funding an Independent Support Service to assist young people.

Please click to download information on Independent Support.

Here is a summary of the changes