Support for Learning

Support for Learning is delivered through one-to-one, group teaching or within class, closely linked to the courses students are taking.

After an initial assessment, a support plan is drawn up with the student.  Support can be short or long term.

We also offer an open-door policy and a quiet place to work for students who like help with studying.

Students who have identified as having high needs or have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP); in addition to the above, they will have a key worker to meet with regularly. 

Support for Learning can help with: 

  • Study skills
  • Communication skills
  • Organisational skills
  • Focus and concentration
  • Comprehension of and breaking down tasks
  • Planning essays and coursework
  • Maths and English skills
  • Spelling and punctuation
  • ELSA support
  • Adapting resources
  • Access arrangements in examinations, such as extra time, a reader or a scribe


This support can be accessed in a variety of ways, including:

  • Referral by a subject teacher or tutor
  • Via the college screening
  • Self-referral, by calling into Support for Learning at any time
  • From a discussion at enrolment


Students with Disabilities:

We welcome students with a variety of disabilities and different styles of learning, and are committed to ensuring all students are treated fairly and have equal opportunity to excel during their time at Itchen.

All reasonable adjustments to provision will be made to ensure that students who have different learning requirements are supported.

We can help students to use specialist software which will enable them to access their courses, as well as support their learning.  We have access to a range of materials to support learning and do our best to match each student with the most appropriate assistive technology.


External Agencies:

At Itchen, we work closely with outside agencies, such as advisory teachers for the visually and hearing impaired, ensuring students’ needs are met appropriately.


The Team:

We have a dedicated and experienced team of teaching assistants who specialise in different areas of need and subjects.

Lianne Wright - SENDCo

Lianne Wright

Lianne has The National Award for SEN Coordination (NASENCO).

In addition we have the following staff who make up our experienced and dedicated support team:
2 trained ELSA's - Emotional Literacy Support Assistants 
LSA's - Learning Support Assistants
TA's - Teaching Assistants