College for young people with SEND
If you decide to continue to study after year 11 and you have a special educational need or disability, it's important to find out what support your chosen college or sixth form can provide.
A college may offer different lessons that cannot be taught at your school. These lessons can range from beauty, carpentry, animal management, motor mechanics and much more. They are known as vocational courses.
Some colleges also offer sixth form courses such as maths and English.
Choose a college
To find out whether a college is the right path for you, you can:
- find out more about colleges in Kent and the courses they offer by visiting their websites
- attend an open day or evening
- read their Ofsted report
- speak to students who attend the college and find out what they think of it.
Things to remember
Before you apply, we suggest you think about the following:
- how will you get there - by bus, walking, taxi or train?
- can you ask for help towards the cost of travel through a personal transport budget?
- are you happy with travelling to college, or do you need travel training?
- could you or your family/ carer purchase a 16+ Travel Saver?
Support from the college
It is important to find out whether your chosen college can support your needs. What you need will depend on your individual needs, but here are some questions you might like to ask:
- what support is available in class?
- what support is available in exams?
- what specialist support is available e.g. speech and language?
- what assistive technology is available?
- are there dedicated areas for learners with a higher level of support need?
- do they have an additional learning support policy?
- do they have an accessibility statement for students with learning difficulties and disabilities?
- will a member of staff from the college come along to a transition meeting/annual review at the your current school? This will give you a chance to meet them before you finish year 11.
- what qualifications do staff have in relation to special educational needs?
- are staff trained to give medication?
- are staff trained to give personal care?
- how does the college promote independence?
- do they offer supervised breaks and lunches?