A well-established guidance programme
The College has a well established guidance programme which includes Core Studies and learning skills workshops.
If students need assistance with learning they should visit SID or talk to their Progress Coach to arrange an appointment with a member of the Learning Skills Team. Help, advice and guidance from the Learning Skills Department is available to all students.
- The Manager of Learning Support at Franklin College is Joanne Barley (firstname.lastname@example.org or 01472 875000 ext 763).
- Franklin College supports students with a range of special educational needs including physical disabilities, sensory impairments, ASD, dyslexia, dyspraxia and mental health difficulties. Whatever your need, we would invite you to contact us to see what support we may be able to offer.
- At Franklin, we are happy to attend your Annual and Transition Reviews in school from Year 9, so that we can help make sure that you are making the best choice for you and that support is in place ready for your time in College. We would especially encourage you to invite us to your Year 11 review. You can tell us about your needs at any time – on your application form, at interview and at enrolment or by contacting us directly.
- All students are asked to complete a short initial assessment exercise when they enrol at Franklin which enables us to identify individuals likely to benefit from some extra support. Students can refer themselves to the Learning Support team at any time during their studies and, with the student’s consent, teachers also make referrals for support. Students who declare an additional need prior to, or at enrolment will be invited to a meeting to discuss their needs.
- Students entering College with an EHCP will be invited to meet with us prior to commencing studies in order to plan appropriate support. In the case of students with an EHCP who have not made us aware of this prior to enrolment, arrangements will be made as soon as possible, but there may be some inevitable delay in these cases in putting together a full support plan. Support is always planned in consultation with you, the student, and with your family where appropriate. Our aim is always to maximise your independence as much as possible.
- If you do not have an Education, Health & Care plan, but believe you would benefit from one, we will be happy to talk you through the process and work with you to submit an application for assessment.
- Students with an EHCP will have specific identified Outcomes, which will be reviewed at least annually, using a Person Centred approach. This means that you will have a say in how the review is carried out, to make sure that it is a positive and valuable experience for you.
- Just as we aim to be involved in supporting your transition to College from year 9, we begin the process of planning for your onward transition from Franklin from the day you arrive. Like all Franklin students, you will receive the support of a Progress Coach to guide you through your choices. Depending on your level of need, the Learning Support team will assist in preparing you for your next steps. Franklin has strong links with the support departments at many Universities, with the Supported Employment team and with a range of local employers, as well as with the YPSS. Where appropriate, support can also be provided in developing independent living skills, through our own support or links with other local agencies. We also work closely with Social Services, CAMHS, Doorstep, the LA Transport Training team, the Sensory Impairment Team, the Community Paediatric team, the Hospital Orthoptic Department and a range of other agencies as and when needed by our students.
- All staff at Franklin receive training and guidance on making lessons accessible to learners with SEN. This might be via group training, or individual support relating to the needs of a particular learner. However, we are aware that everyone’s needs are different and, by the time you reach College, you will have developed your own strategies which may be unique to you. For this reason, never be afraid to share with us what works for you, so that we can personalise our approach as much as possible.
- Within the Learning Support Team, we have specialist teachers and assessors who are able to carry out the majority of needs assessments required by our learners. Where more specialist information is required, this would be bought in as required.
- The progress of our SEN students is monitored in the same way as for those without SEN. All students are set realistic academic targets, and their progress towards those targets is regularly reviewed. In addition, those students with an EHCP will have identified specific Outcomes important to them, their progress towards which will be monitored via their Annual Review.
- Students with SEN are actively encouraged to take part in all College activities. These include sporting activities, some of which are specifically arranged by our Sportmaker, overseas and national trips, on site clubs and societies and work experience. We do not have a “unit” for supported students – instead, all our learners are fully involved in College life, with support in place where needed to facilitate this.
- We have a supported social area which acts as a “halfway house” for those students who find the main social areas of College too large and daunting. Many students form strong friendships in this environment, which often gives them the confidence to progress to using the main social areas later in their time with us.
- All students, whether or not they have identified SEN, will have regular one to one contact with their Progress Coach. This gives them an opportunity to discuss any concerns as they arise. However, where a need for additional pastoral support has been identified, students will have a known member of the Learning Support Team that they can approach. Some students need this additional intervention throughout their time at Franklin, others need this only at times of crisis – once again, we personalise this element of your support to meet your needs.
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NEXUS Youth Forum
We have an exciting new Youth Forum for Mental Health starting at Franklin to support young people.
- As a group to provide a safe and supportive environment to help shape and support each other and mental health services.
- Nexus youth Forum is a place that young people can attend to discuss and reduce the stigma attached to mental health.
- Nexus is for young people aged between 16 – 21 years.
- Nexus will have its own social networks channels, content for these will be approved by the Nexus project teams.
- To make friends and have fun
- Nexus is there to support and sign post but is not intended as a counselling service.
The young person’s mental health forum (NEXUS) will be starting on Wednesday 17 January 4-5pm here at Franklin. The sessions will be on the third Wednesday of each month. The group is open to anyone and you can register your interest with Mel Logan at email@example.com
For more information please contact Joanne Barley:
01472 875000 ext 763 or firstname.lastname@example.org