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Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND)

Welcome to our pages about our SEND courses and support at New City College.


At New City College, we are passionate about students achieving their full potential through holistic, innovative, experiential learning opportunities. We offer a comprehensive range of training and support to learners with Special Needs and Disabilities to help them achieve their aspirations.

Our courses such as Encounter, Discovery and Move On are designed to help our students become more independent, build their confidence and communication skills and to become ready for adult life.

Our Vocational Explorer and Foundation pathway courses support transition into the college and build student’s confidence and study skills.

We also provide supported employment and enterprise pathways, which facilitate students becoming ready for work, for instance through our Skills for Work and very popular Supported Internship Programmes.

In addition, we have bespoke catering and café courses. Students develop employability and catering skills with experience in a working kitchen. They also learn to cook, front of house and customer service skills.

Our Study Programmes

Our SEND departments offer a broad range of teaching, learning and support approaches to students accessing pre-entry and entry levels courses. These courses are designed to help students become more independent, build their confidence and improve communication skills.

Our courses typically run for four days a week, 17 hours a week over the academic year.

Students can progress within the department, to the next level of study or into mainstream vocational courses across the college.

As a student on a SEND course, you will benefit from:

  • Lunch and break time supervision
  • Transport
  • Personal care
  • 1:1 support (dependant on EHCP)
  • Learning Zone
  • Use of specialist software
  • Exam access arrangements
  • Access to counselling
  • Access to a mental health advisor
  • Trips and enrichment activities
  • Personalised programmes
  • In-class learning support

You can find out more about what we can offer you by clicking links below at each of our campuses.

Our managers and teachers will work with you to identify the best course for you. We take into account your interests and aspirations, the key skills and learning experiences that you want and need as well as the academic level that you are working at and the level of support you need to access the college and the curriculum.

We know that young people, particularly those with SEND, may become anxious with regards to changes in their educational setting. We do our best to ensure the transition is as smooth as possible for each individual student, according to their needs.

Some students will only require an interview and tour, for others we may arrange a school links programme which will run through the academic year with the students coming into college for link lessons once a week. Other options include visits towards the end of the summer term to get to know the building – using the canteen/classrooms etc, a virtual tour (where we take photos so the student can familiarise themselves with what the building looks like and who the new staff might be) or occasionally joining lessons and meeting the tutors.

We understand that everybody is unique and we offer a range of support to all our students. We are committed to removing barriers to learning and ensuring that you reach your potential and gain independence. All our campuses have a wide range of experienced and qualified staff who are trained in a variety of specialist areas.

  • One to One Support provided by a Learning Support Worker or Dyslexia/Specific Learning Difficulties Tutor
  • Specialist screening/assessment for Specific Learning Difficulties where students have a history of these difficulties
  • Assistive technology for students with difficulties/disabilities
  • Individual support plans for students with disabilities/medical needs
  • Support with access arrangements for exams where applicable
  • Classroom support provided by our in-class support team

The Additional Learning Support team may provide classroom support on a group or one to one basis if there is evidence that this is an appropriate way to support learning.

We can also provide support for students who need help with personal care and medication during the college day.

Students aged 16-19 may be entitled to a bursary to help with education related costs and on a training course, including unpaid work experience. It also depends on your financial status and attendance. If you are 19 and over you could get a bursary if you are continuing a course you started aged 16-18 or have an EHCP (Education, Health and Care Plan). We also provide free school meals for eligible students.

Students will need to complete a bursary application in the first 2 weeks of your new course and submit to their tutor.

Personal tutors and course tutors continuously monitor students’ academic progress. Support is identified where required to help students achieve and complete their target and qualifications. We invite you to attend our two parents’ evenings during the academic year. These evenings provide a valuable opportunity for you to find out how your young person is progressing with their studies, to share with you the expectations we have of our students and ensure we work together to help your young person succeed. Parents can also track the progress of their young person on eTrackr. and through the regular progress reviews and if you have an EHCP, Annual Reviews.

At every site we have dedicated security staff who ensure that all students study in a safe environment. Entry to the college is only permitted with a college ID card and transport pick up and drop off times are careful monitored by our staff.

Lunch and break times are supervised by learning mentors so there is always someone to talk to and check in with. Every course has a tutor who looks out for the wellbeing and safety of the students during college time.

We know that making the transition from college is a crucial time in a student’s life, and we work in partnership with the student, parents, families and local authorities to ensure a smooth transition out of college. Our aim is to help each student to get the best possible support and provision beyond college, and achieve their hopes and dreams for the next stage of life. The needs of the young person are central to the whole process.

  • Shared local offer information
  • Transition events
  • LAs attend annual reviews
  • Plans made and referrals completed
  • Student enrolment: 3 - 5 September 2020
  • Term starts: 7 September 2020
  • Autumn half term: 26 - 30 October 2020
  • Christmas break: 21 December – 5 January 2021
  • Winter half term: 15 – 19 February 2021
  • Easter break: 1-16 April 2021
  • Spring half term: 31 May – 4 June 2020
  • End of term: 23 July 2020

The SENCO at your school will support the student to complete a permission form which is sent to the local authority.

  • The SEN department at the Local Authority will then send the college a formal consultation letter and a copy of the student’s EHCP and Annual Reviews.
  • The college SEND department then reviews this information and arranges interviews or an observation to help make the decision about whether the college can meet the students’ needs.
  • The college informs the local authority whether they can support the young persons’ needs.
  • You should also make an application to the college as the same time.

Our full Admissions Policy is available to download here

If you would like to speak to someone about any of our courses, or need help with an application, you can contact our advice teams on 0330 135 9000 you can fill in our Course Enquiry online form.

There are some key differences between college and school:

  • Parents organise transport
  • Courses are up to 4 days a week
  • You can wear your own clothes
  • You will call your teachers by their first names
  • You can claim bursary is you have good attendance
  • You can join in with college wide activities like student forums and sports teams
  • You could do work experience or run your own business as part of your course

Useful links for you

The links below will help you make a more informed decision about your student applying for college.

Why choose us?

  • We provide our students with excellent opportunities so they can learn, flourish and consistently achieve highly within a cohesive, balanced curriculum with a progressive range of knowledge and skills.
  • Students will learn in a safe environment and will be supported every step of the way by experienced and dedicated staff
  • Our job coaches support students to develop their employability skills through real life experience of the world of work. Our students have had fantastic opportunities working with organisations such as the financial times, NHS, Marks and Spencer, Tower Hamlets work path etc.
  • At New City college we are committed to helping students succeed and have invested in dedicated facilities to aid in learning and development.
  • Students will be able to access courses at levels that are appropriate and meet their needs.
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