SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS
At UCC we have a big team of learning support teachers and assistants whose job is to help inside and outside the classroom we aim to make sure every student achieves the very best that they can and that they feel happy and secure at UCC.
Before students start at UCC we visit all the primary schools so that we can talk with all students teachers to find out what students are good at how students learn and if certain students find some things difficult like reading or spelling. We can arrange for you to meet a teacher or assistant who can help students to settle at UCC.
Once we know a student is finding something difficult we make sure we have enough information about the way they learn what they can do and what they find difficult. This might mean that we do some assessments as well. We will then talk to you and their teachers about how best we can help.
We can support students in a lot of different ways and for different lengths of time. Any students having a problem with literacy or numeracy for example students may have an individual or group session every week- this might be for weeks, a term or even throughout the year there may also be some learning support assistants in some lessons.
We have lots of different ways of helping students. Staff are on duty throughout the College day and there are places to go at break and lunch times. In the support team we have lots of skills and experience so whatever queries you may have we can help.
UCC is designated as a strategically resourced provision for students experiencing physical/medical needs and students who hold statements of special educational needs which describes them as experiencing severe and or profound multiple learning difficulties.
Although we endeavour to ensure that the students are educated alongside their peers in the mainstream part of the college, many of the students who experience severe and or profound multiple learning difficulties are educated in Eamont Block, where their timetables offers a parallel curriculum to ensure that the students receive the same courses as their peers, although the delivery is at their own level of achievement-age appropriate but ability appropriate as well.
The students in Eamont block have a higher level of staffing to support their access to learning, but their learning styles and specially adapted resources are also considered when planning the teaching. The students go on an annual residential experience which provides access to cities, outdoor education, and life skills education. The achievements in learning for all Eamont block students is assessed through the Lancashire PIVATs scale, which is a breakdown of National Curriculum Attainment Levels to give a detailed and minute assessment of the students learning achievements.