Learning Support and SEND

Our Learning Support team has experience of working with students with a wide range of disabilities and other support needs, including dyslexia, dyspraxia, epilepsy, hearing impairment, visual impairment, autism (ASD) social emotional and mental health issues (SEMH), ADHD/ADD and mobility difficulties. The support on offer varies and is negotiated on an individual basis.

Examples of support that can be provided are:

  • Support with transition from high school, including individual visits and taster sessions
  • In-class support
  • Meet and greet
  • 1:1 or small group support to help develop independent study skills through utilising a number of specialist strategies that meet individual learning needs identified.
  • 1:1 support for students with an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP) to monitor outcomes and ensure support and specialist provision is in place.
  • SEMH support – small group or 1:1 e.g. anxiety management sessions.
  • Development of learning materials to meet the needs of individuals, for example, use of coloured paper, enlarged work
  • Loan of equipment, for example, laptops, digital voice recorders
  • On-course drop-in support with coursework, assignments, revision and examination techniques
  • Access to IT, including specialist software, use of adaptive technology and specialist equipment
  • Specialist assessments to identify areas of need e.g. speed of processing, reading, writing skills.
  • Support during exams e.g. extra time, smaller room, reader, scribe, use of a word processor, rest breaks, modified papers, prompt
  • Personal care, manual handling
  • Accessibility/mobility support
  • Support with transition to University or higher level apprenticeships

Please note: This is not an exhaustive list. If the support you require is not listed here, please contact us to discuss your needs on an individual basis. This will enable us to make any necessary adjustments and to make sure your experience with us is a rewarding one.

For information on the Bury local offer, please click here

Wellbeing/Welfare Support

The college are very committed to supporting the wellbeing and welfare needs of all of our students to ensure that young people attending Holy Cross are given the best opportunity to thrive and succeed during their time with us:

  • Dedicated wellbeing hub
  • 1:1 SEMH strategy management sessions
  • Group intervention sessions
  • Drop in social emotional support
  • Referral to external agencies – signposting
  • Strategies to support within the curriculum

All students and staff now have access to the Togetherall platform that provides 24/7 mental health support and provides a safe, online community where people support each other anonymously to improve mental health and wellbeing. Staff can also access the platform for support.

Useful Links

Togetherall Platform

For more information contact

Name: Guy Barnard
Learning Support Manager
Phone 0161 762 4500 ext:336
Email: gcb@holycross.ac.uk



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