SEN The Learning Support team at Hind Leys, teachers, teaching assistants, learning support assistants and Higher Level Teaching Assistants, strive hard to include all students with additional needs, in all aspects of College life. Support is offered through various strategies, ranging from the traditional in-class support and small group teaching in English, Science and Mathematics to specially-designed courses such as Key Skills and the Literacy and Numeracy Programmes. This offers an alternative accreditation route which focuses on developing the whole individual through key skills. Many of our students are supported effectively at very stressful times in their lives. Some have alternative timetables; some receive help from our specialist caring team of Learning Support Assistants and Teachers. Our Learning Hub provides a safe place to study for those who find the demands of the classroom difficult. Our aim is to remove barriers to learning and allow the individual to achieve their full potential. Wherever possible, all our students are encouraged to sit external examinations at the appropriate level, including GCSE, BTEC and AS level and A2 level. We take great care to ensure that individuals have the appropriate concessions for their particular needs. Many of our students return to take up places in our Post 16 base and some have successfully applied to university. Others choose to further their learning via vocational courses at local further education colleges. We are proud of the links developed with external organisations to help achieve these successful transitions. We pride ourselves on ensuring that all our students with additional needs face as few barriers as possible and are able to access all opportunities to learn and flourish. Other learning areas are kept fully informed of their needs through initial briefings, Individual Education Plans (monitored at regular intervals), and a designated Key worker who remains in regular contact with home and external agencies. Students with additional Needs are supported and encouraged to be involved in all aspects of college, and regularly participate in the Student Council. In recent years some of our students have become extensively involved in College productions such as Beauty and The Beat and other Arts Showcases. Many achieved wonderful academic successes at GCSE – and all went on to full-time college courses or training / apprenticeships. The college policy on Special Needs Education is available on request.