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An Myerscough College learning support advisor offering one-to-one support to a student
An Myerscough College learning support advisor offering one-to-one support to a student

Inclusive Learning

Learning Support (Inclusive Learning)

Learning Support at Myerscough College (called Inclusive Learning) is designed to help you maximise your potential and to enable you to progress to the next stage in your career.

We offer support across all college sites, including our 14-16, Further Education, Higher Education and Apprenticeship provision: – this in the form of, in-class, specialist teacher  support, drop in workshops, help around College, personal care, (where needed) as well as outside the classroom at break and lunchtimes. We also offer a comprehensive assessment for Exam Access Arrangements and Disabled Students Allowance support for Higher Education students.

Our support will enable you to access all opportunities on offer and support you to enjoy studying at Myerscough College. Whatever learning difficulty or disability you may have, we will make sure the support is tailored to meet your needs.

We work with teaching staff, other college services and external organisations to provide a person-centred approach. The support we offer is reviewed throughout your time with us aiming, where possible, to guide you towards independence.

As an organisation we are a part of the Local Offer across the region, so if you attend any of our centres at, Preston, Blackburn, Liverpool, Manchester or Warrington we will  aim  to meet your learning and support needs in accordance with the local offer. Download our Local Offer (.pdf).

What is the Local Offer?

Every Local Authority is required to publish information about services available for children and young people, from birth to 25, who have Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEN/D); and also services outside of the area which they expect children and young people from their area will use. This is known as the ‘Local Offer’. The Local Offer pulls together all the information about education, health and care services, leisure activities and support.

Learning support we offer:

  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

  • Autism Spectrum Conditions 

  • Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Dysgraphia and Dyspraxia

  • Hearing Impairment

  • Mental Health Conditions

  • Physical Disability

  • Visual Impairment

If you have an Educational Health Care Plan (EHCP), Learning Support (Inclusive Learning) will produce a Special Educational Need support plan outlining the support that you will require at college, subject to Local Authority commissioning. This may include:

  • Class support
  • Specialist SEND Tutor support
  • Note taking
  • Specialist resources and equipment (laptops with assistive software)
  • Modification of learning materials
  • Personal care
  • Lunchtime support
  • Meet and greet
  • Transition
  • Campus orientation
  • Exam access arrangements

If you don’t have an EHCP but still have Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities then Learning Support (Inclusive Learning) will produce a bespoke support plan outlining the support you need at college.

Myerscough College tutor communicating with a student using British Sign Language

Transition to Myerscough College

The Learning Support (Inclusive Learning) team will help you with your transition to us, ready for the start of your course. If you are considering applying to study at Myerscough College you can choose to invite our Transitions team to your Year 10 and 11 Review at school. They will be able to explain what courses are offered at Myerscough and how you will be supported before you start and during your time at College.

You can come and speak to us during the College’s Open Days, we will be able to tell you about the support we offer. Once you have applied to a course, Learning Support (Inclusive Learning) will be able to offer tours of the areas you are interested in, across our campuses. After your interview, the department may offer taster days to give you an idea of what the course will be like.

Take a tour of our Preston campus by watching the video on the right.

School Reviews

If you have an EHCP, one of our Transitions Advisors can be invited to attend your Year 10 and 11 Annual Review at school. They will offer advice on the courses offered at Myerscough College and provide you with information about support available to you if you study at Myerscough.

Initial Assessment

Once you have declared a learning need and/or disability on your application form, Inclusive Learning will contact you to discuss your support needs.

You will have the opportunity to meet one of our Inclusive Learning Co-ordinators who will discuss your learning needs and how to best support you whilst in College.

Inclusive Learning will produce a SEND Support plan outlining the support you need whilst at College.

Annual Reviews

Each year at College you will have an annual review of your EHCP, which takes place at College or more usually remotely. At your review there will be yourself and family members/advocate, staff from the college and other professionals. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss your progress at College, your mid and long term plans, what is working well, what you might require to support with and your aspirations for the future. We will also review your EHCP to see if anything needs updating. The meeting will last around 1 hour.