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Local Offer

Trafford’s local offer makes it easier for families to find out about the support that is available for children and young people with SEN or who are disabled. All schools, academies and colleges in Trafford are expected to identify and support pupils and students with special educational needs to make the best possible progress. Schools and colleges are supported to be as inclusive as possible and wherever possible, the needs of young people with a Special Educational Need are met in a mainstream setting.

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  1. What kinds of special educational needs does the college provide for?
  2. How does the college know if I need extra help?
  3. How will the college and I know how I am doing?
  4. How will the curriculum be matched to my needs?
  5. How will college staff support me?
  6. How is the decision made about what type and how much support I will receive?
  7. How will I be included in activities outside the classroom including physical activities and trips?
  8. What support will there be for my overall wellbeing?
  9. What specialist services and expertise are available at or accessed by the college?
  10. What training have the staff supporting students with SEND had?
  11. How accessible is the college environment?
  12. How are my parents and I involved in the college?
  13. Who can I contact for further information?
  14. How will the college prepare and support me to join the college or transfer to the next stage of education and life?
  15. What other support is available?

What kinds of special educational needs does the college provide for?

Trafford College is a general further education college and is committed to offering support that meets the needs of our students as appropriate to a general further education environment. The college has an inclusive approach and setting, working in partnership with students, their parents/carers and teaching and support teams in order to remove barriers to learning for those with learning difficulties and disabilities. This ensures everyone can participate successfully, achieve their learning goals and maximise their potential.

Trafford College review their curriculum offer at the beginning of each academic year for the following year’s entry. For up to date information, please refer to our website www.trafford.ac.uk However, the information below provides a general overview.Supported Learning ( Vocational Preparation)The College provides a Supported Learning Offer which focuses on the development of employability skills and progression into higher levels of vocational learning. We also offer a supported internship programme which is based in a classroom at Trafford General Hospital, with a variety of work placement opportunities across the hospital.Foundation Learning ( Vocational Preparation)The college also provides a Foundation Learning Offer for learners who haven’t attained the necessary grades at GCSE in order to access Level 2 or Level 3 provision. Foundation Learning provides vocational pathways at Entry Level 3 /Level 1 alongside employability skills development and further study in maths and English at the appropriate level.

Mainstream CurriculumThe college provides support for young people with special educational needs and disabilities across mainstream study programmes from Level 1 to Level 3. Trafford College will use its best endeavours to put appropriate educational support in place to meet learners’ educational needs, including those without Education, Health and Care Plans. All young people enrolling on a full time course at Trafford College will be placed on an appropriate Study Programme. The Study Programme will consist of the following key elements:

  • A substantial core qualification in an academic or vocational discipline that leads to good progression outcomes into higher education, further study at the next level or sustainable employment
  • English and Maths courses for all learners without a grade C or above in these subjects at GCSE level
  • Work Related Learning within all vocational pathways including work experience, employability skills, enterprise capability and other opportunities to engage with the world of work
  • Dedicated tutorials which include regular one to one time for tutors and learners to review progress and, where appropriate, group tutorial time to work upon study skills and personal development

How does the college know if I need extra help?
  • Some learners attending Trafford College have an Education Health Care Plan (EHCP) which identifies the college as the most appropriate setting for the individual. This will identify the learning outcomes and provision/support required. All EHC Plans have an annual review process.
  • Trafford College works in partnership with local schools and attends Year 11 reviews in order to support the EHC process and identify educational needs and support.
  • All applicants are provided with the opportunity before or at early entry and at subsequent points, to declare whether they have a learning need, a disability or a medical condition which will affect their learning.
  • Some needs may emerge after a learner has begun a programme. Teaching staff with specialist support skills are available to identify where a student may be having difficulties which could be because of SEN.
  • Where a learner is identified as having SEN and needs support, Trafford College will bring together all the relevant information from the school, from the young person, from those working with the young person and any assessments. The information is discussed with the student and/or parent/carer or support agency.

How will the college and I know how I am doing?

The effectiveness of the support and its impact on the learner’s progress will be reviewed regularly taking into account the learner’s progress and any changes to his/her own ambitions and aspirations, which may lead to changes in the type and level of support. Support is delivered whether or not a student has an EHC Plan. If a student has an EHC Plan, the college will work with the local authority to review the plan. This is co-ordinated through the Colleges EHC Co-ordinator.

For those learners within the Supported Learning department, on line tracking of work and assessment by classroom teachers enables constant monitoring of progress with learners throughout the course. All learners undertake assessments in their subject areas both at the beginning of their course and formatively throughout the course to inform their individual learning plan. Study Support liaison with subject teachers and the pastoral team takes place regularly where learner progress is monitored and adjusted. Teachers are informed of reasonable adjustments and share any concerns. Students for whom there are significant concerns are addressed at management level through Safeguarding and Support meetings.

Parents receive written reports from college and are invited to Parents Evenings to discuss progress. Learners in mainstream are assigned a Progress Tutor who conducts regular individual tutorials, the focus of which is progress within their Study Programme. Learners are set SMART targets to help them achieve and progress. All learners within the Foundation Learning department have a Personal Tutor who utilise electronic Individual Learning Plans (ILP) to monitor progress.

How will the curriculum be matched to my needs?

As part of our application, interview and assessment procedures, we will endeavour to enrol you on the most appropriate course of study. Individual needs assessment take place as part of this process, which starts once a formal application has been made to Trafford College.For learners with Education Health and Care PlansAs part of the process, where a learner has indicated an interest in attending Trafford College, the school will invite us to attend the Annual Review. This commences the process of reviewing educational and support needs and whether a placement request for Trafford College is appropriate. This then results in agreed outcomes for the learner.

In Foundation Learning, all lessons have differentiated learning outcomes according to their learners’ needs and starting points. Teachers plan for individual needs. All learners have an ILP for English & Maths. Learners set SMART targets with support from their personal tutor. In Foundation Learning, the curriculum can be adapted depending on learning needs. All classrooms are accessible. Learning Facilitators are assigned to groups at Entry level offering further support for learners.The college provides support for learners across mainstream study programmes from Level 1 – 3. Our offer in terms of support includes:

  • Provision of 1 to 1 study support where need assessed outside of study programme timetabled hours
  • Allocation of a Student Mentor where appropriate
  • A student counselling service
  • Careers Advice and Guidance
  • An allocated Progress/Personal Tutor to provide 1 to 1 tutorials and pastoral support

How will college staff support me?

All learners have an allocated progress/personal tutor and this is the first point of contact on a daily basis for each learner. It is within this tutor led tutorial process that individual progress is reviewed on a regular basis. In addition, for those within Supported Learning, the Programme Quality Leader for Supported learning is responsible for the assessment, recruitment and delivery of the curriculum and support.

The Education Health and Care Plan Co-ordinator has responsibility for the day to day operation of the SEN Policy and the co-ordination of specific provision to support individual learners with EHC Plans outside of Supported Learning. The Programme Quality Leader for Additional Learning Support has responsibility for the delivery of additional learning support where identified support is required through learning facilitators or ALS tutors.

Individual roles and support will be explained to the learner as part of the student centred approach to support from initial application and at all stages to progression from college.

How is the decision made about what type and how much support I will receive?

If a learner has an EHCP, this document will outline the particular needs and recommend the resources, teaching programmes and multi-agency involvement related to meeting those needs. The EHC Co-ordinator and curriculum staff/progress or personal tutor will work with the learner to oversee the implementation of their plan, set targets and review progress and support required. The information is discussed with the learner, and or parent/carer or support agency. All decisions are made jointly with the learner within a student centred approach, as the learner is critical in acknowledging and agreeing to the identified support.

Where a learner is identified as having SEN without an EHC Plan, Trafford College will bring together all the relevant information from the school, from the young person, from those working with the student and any assessments.The effectiveness of the support and its impact on the learner progress will be reviewed regularly, taking into account the learner’s progress and any changes to the learner’s own ambitions and aspirations, which may lead to changes in the type and level of support.

How will I be included in activities outside the classroom including physical activities and trips?

Risk assessments will be completed as part of the colleges Health and Safety Policy for all external visits and trips as part of your curriculum programme. rafford College offer an enrichment programme for its learners which includes –

  • Events and activities that will help to develop the skills required to be successful in the world of work
  • Career Academies UK
  • National Citizen Service
  • Sport
  • Student Ambassador scheme
  • Student Council
  • Student reps and societies

What support will there be for my overall wellbeing?

Trafford College expects hard work and commitment from the learners; in return an excellent support package is offered to help the learner to succeed. These include:

Progress Tutor – at the start of the course, the learner will be teamed up with a progress tutor who will see the learner regularly to discuss the progress, along with any issues or problems that may occur. If the learner has a problem that the progress tutor can’t provide appropriate support/guidance with, you will always be referred to someone who can help you.

Careers and Guidance – the professional team, along with Connexions will assist in the planning for the learner’s next step.

Counselling – if you want to talk in confidence about any unexpected difficulties, worries or problems then the approachable counsellor is available to speak to them privately.

Mentoring – the dedicated student mentors are available to encourage you to manage your own learning, maximise potential, develop skills, improve performance and work towards being the person you want to be.

Contraceptive and sexual health service and FE Chaplains.We do not have on-site college nurses, therefore if administration of medicines is required, this will form part of the assessment process.

If personal care is required this will be part of the assessment or indicated within the EHC Plan.All learners are expected to adhere to the College Code of Conduct. Where there are identified support needs which may impact on behaviour and attendance, support will be put in place and will not adversely affect the student in respect of attendance and behavioural policies.

What specialist services and expertise are available at or accessed by the college?

Trafford College is a general Further Education College and as such does not provide directly any specialist services. Where required and evidenced within an Education Health and Care Plan these are externally sourced, e.g. Trafford Sensory Impairment Service or Speech and Language Therapy.

10. What training have the staff supporting students with SEND had?

Staff have been provided with the following awareness training as non-specialists:

  • Supporting students with Autism
  • Asperger’s Syndrome
  • Dyslexia – effective strategies for learning
  • Behaviour management for Support Professionals
  • Behaviour Management Strategies
  • Raising awareness of learners with hearing impairments

11. How accessible is the college environment?

Each campus has accessibility to all rooms, for those who have difficulty using stairs or use wheelchairs, through the provision of lifts. Evacuation chairs are provided in all buildings. A Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan (PEEP) is provided for all students who require one. Student parking is allowed at both centres and there a number of accessible parking bays situated at the main entrances and other entrances.

At both centres there are accessible toilets with full specification layouts. For students with hearing impairments there are hearing loops in a number of areas. All emergency signs use symbols, pictures and graphics.The college works with the Local Authority in the provision of specialist equipment to minimise barriers to learning for learners with a wide range of accessibility requirements. Where assistive technology or adapted aids are required, these are provided. Specialist and assistive technology may include adjustable furniture, specialist keyboards, specialist software, apps, CCTTV and support for students with cochlear implants.

For learners who require a special diet, they are able to meet with the catering team who will provide information and support. They will also arrange how the specific requirements of a specialist diet can be met whilst at college.

12. How are my parents and I involved in the college?

Progress/Personal Tutor is the main point of contact, unless an alternative contact has been provided, such as Education Health and Care Plan co-ordinator. Formal reports and Parents Evenings are provided throughout the year. However, parents are welcome to contact the college at any point .Trafford College is committed to working with parents, guardians and carers of students and provides many opportunities to meet staff throughout the year. These include Open Events, Welcome Evenings, Parents’ Nights and Award Evenings.

Feedback is requested at all events in order that the service to parents can be continually improved. All first year parents receive a welcome Parents Handbook and a covering letter from the Principal. Trafford College has a focus on continuous improvement and the views of students and their parents are highly valued. Online surveys, focus groups and Progress Tutor representative groups/ student reps are planned into each college year and feedback is compared to previous years to identify areas for improvement.

13. Who can I contact for further information?

If the young person attends a Trafford School our Transition Co-ordinator will be attending their Transition Review, where there will be opportunities to discuss the support available. Alternatively contact can be made with the Parent and Young People Partnership whose contact details are available on Trafford Councils Local Offer page.

If the young person has made an application to Trafford College and has indicated the possible requirement for support, they will be contacted directly to discuss their application, so that college can meet and discuss any support required prior to the college interview.

14. How will the college prepare and support me to join the college or transfer to the next stage of education and life?

One of the best ways to see the variety of courses and support offered at Trafford College is to attend an Open Event to talk to staff about courses, see the facilities and look around the campus. In October there is a full Open Day on a Saturday; the date can be found on the college website. The Open Day provides an ideal opportunity to spend time making sure that Trafford College is the right choice for each prospective learner. Learners with additional needs are advised to visit Study Support at any of the open events and speak to members of the team about their requirements and the support available. There is a further Open Evening in early March.

Trafford college staff have very strong links with schools and school leavers with additional needs are highlighted through review meetings and liaison with school Special Educational Needs Coordinators (SENCOs). Those who have significant needs are identified by the local authorities. Prospective learners and their parents/carers may also attend open events and thus have an opportunity to discuss support requirements prior to starting College.

Schools and local authorities arrange transition meetings and reviews before a school leaver funded by the Local Authority for support moves to College. The College reviews Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plans or other profiles provided by schools to endeavour to ensure that all support needs are known before transition to College takes placeTrafford College staff work closely with SENCOs in partner schools and special schools to share information on learners’ attainment and support needs, to ensure a smooth transition to post 16 education.

Staff attend transition and review meetings when invited to do so by partner schools for learners with more complex additional support requirements. Career aspirations and suitable courses are explored, matching the level of attainment achieved by the student, in order that the best choices are made in order to achieve success. Open events/ new student events give a student the first taste of college, but students are also invited to sampling events with their schools, giving them the opportunity to experience college life in a realistic way.

New student days are held in July for those who are starting at the college in September. Careers information, advice and guidance are available for all learners from the Careers team of qualified and experienced guidance staff. In preparation for life after college, the progress tutor works closely with each student to focus on goals and aspirations identified in their Individual Learning Plan. Furthermore, a transition event is held annually in college, which involves a range of local organisations who offer different post-college opportunities.

For all other learners, there is a progression programme that runs through the Spring Term to identify where each individual wishes to progress to, whether that be internally or to a new post 16 provider, higher education, employment or an apprenticeship.

15. What other support is available?

Find out more about the local offer of support which is available for disabled children and young people and those who have SEN on the Trafford Service Directory www.trafford.gov.uk/localoffer or by contacting the Family Information Service on:


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