There are various reasons why students may have some additional learning support put in place, for example:-

  • Medical – eg arthritis, diabetes, illnesses requiring constant medical care and possible periods in hospital
  • Sensory – eg hearing or sight impairment (not correctable by glasses), colour blindness
  • Congenital conditions (conditions you are born with) – eg cerebral palsy, spina bifida, scoliosis etc
  • Loss of limb(s) – may be congenital or as a result of an accident
  • Learning difficulties – eg dyslexia, dyscalculia, moderate or severe learning difficulties
  • Emotional and behavioural – eg hyperactivity, mental health issues, trauma/shock
  • Hidden disabilities/learning difficulties – eg Autism, Aspergers Syndrome
  • Specific learning difficulties – eg dyslexia, dyscalculia, dyspraxia

Students may also receive support for their general literacy, numeracy or language needs where they are able to academically meet the requirements of the course but need extra support in one of these areas to help them achieve their main course.