The ALS Team provides a range of support for
students with additional learning needs such as: Learning
Difficulties, Disabilities (including mental health problems),
sensory impairments, emotional behavioural difficulties, ADHD,
long-term health-related problems, dyslexia and dyspraxia. The
College provides support for literacy and numeracy through Skills
for Life courses including Key Skills and one to one support can be
provided both in-class and as individual or small group sessions.
Please ask for details.
You can expect from us:
- Advice, guidance and information about the provision of
- The opportunity to disclose your needs and
provide consent for your details to be shared.
- A confidential and informal
interview/assessment with an experienced member of the team.
- Feedback to you from any interview/assessment
within 15 days.
- To be allocated a programme of additional
support within 15 days of assessment.
- Specialist assessment of your needs, if
required (this may involve the use of external partners)
- All learners will have the right to undertake
an initial and diagnostic assessment for literacy and numeracy to
help find the right course for you and identify any skills you need
- Access and personal support in accordance
with our College Disability Statement.
- Access to adaptive resources and assistive
technology to meet your needs as required.
- The provision of a wide range of support and
services for all learners with additional or particular needs and
that we will liaise with external agencies with your consent.
- Provide this Charter and other documents in a
variety of formats including Braille, tape recorded versions,
electronic format, easy read format or large print as
- Additional learning support which is planned
and negotiated with you.
- Additional learning support to help you stay
on your course and achieve your goals.
- Your progress to be monitored and reviewed
- To be asked your opinion about the learning
support service and how to improve it.
What we expect from you:
- Open and honest disclosure to help us meet
- Regular attendance on your course and at
- Open and honest evaluation of your
- Appropriate behavior and respect to all staff
How to get support
Additional Learning Support (ALS)
Team is here to help you succeed. If you require
additional learning support there are many ways to let us know.
Look out for our publicity or contact the team on the details
provided below; you can also nominate someone to contact us on your
behalf, but you will need to give them consent to do this.
You will be invited to attend an initial
assessment for literacy and numeracy to see what level you are
currently working at. This will help you apply for the right course
Please tick the boxes which ask about learning difficulties on the
application and enrolment forms and this information will be
forwarded to the ALS service. We will then contact you directly.
Alternatively you can make an appointment to see a member of staff
from the ALS Team at any time during the application process. We
aim to ensure that your support needs are identified as soon as
possible so that you can get the most from your studies right from
the first day.
Your interview is a chance for you to discuss your support needs in
confidence. Let us know if you think that you might need extra help
or have received extra help at school and you will be arrange a
support interview. You may wish not to take up any support
when interviewed; your wishes will be respected and you need to be
aware that you can self-refer when you are more settled into your
You can ask your course tutor to
refer you to the ALS Team if you feel you may need help or an
assessment/interview to review your needs.
The ALS Team
negotiates support packages with students and their tutors and
liaises with other agencies as appropriate.
Initial screening and assessment for Literacy and Numeracy for all
students are designed to identify any support needs for all our
students. For more details contact the Literacy and Numeracy team
(LLN) on the details below.
It is important that you let us know your
support requirements as soon as possible. This is particularly
important if you require any form of adaptation or concession with
examinations, such as extended time, a reader or amanuensis. We
will then contact the Awarding Body on your behalf to negotiate the
Doncaster College will make every effort to
offer appropriate courses for people with all kinds of
disabilities; however it may not always be possible to offer a
suitable course, particularly where medical support is deemed
necessary in which case staff will endeavour to refer you to
appropriate alternative courses elsewhere. In all cases where it
may not be possible to offer a suitable course a case meeting will
be held, consisting of the Assistant Principal (Learner Services
and Inclusion), Head of Student Services and the ALS manager to
make an appropriate decision.
01302 558204, 01302 553769 or 01302 553207
for any learning support needs
You can text us or telephone on 07855
See this page for help
with English and Maths (Literacy and Numeracy)
you can also contact us by completing the form below:
This Charter will be monitored on a regular basis by
students and staff to assess user satisfaction and to ensure that
standards are maintained.