Supporting learners with disabilities and learning difficulties
We are an equal opportunities training provider, which means that we are committed to a policy of equality of opportunity aiming to offer a high quality service no matter what your personal circumstances.
The Learning Support Service is here if you have a specific learning disability or difficulty or you require specialist assistance.
Our aim is to enable learners with physical or sensory disabilities, learning difficulties, health problems or mental health difficulties to join any CALAT course and to use the Learning Support service to get the most out of your time at CALAT.
The Learner Support team can:
- Discuss with you and assess the support you may need
- Arrange support where possible within the classroom either by the loan of equipment, technology or by one of our experienced support staff working with you in the classroom.
- Support and advise you and your tutor during your course
- Arrange for materials to be adapted
- BSL interpreters/note taking.
- Ensure support access arrangements are made for exams, such as extra time or the provision of a scribe.
To understand what you really need to make the most of your learning we would like to meet with you. Please contact us on 020 8604 7061 for an appointment as soon as you can to allow as much time as possible for support to be organised.
Direct Support for learning within the classroom
Once you are attending a course we can provide additional learning support and study skills for learners with disabilities and/or specific learning difficulties.
Our tutors can provide additional support in the classroom, such as 1-1 sessions after class, additional help with assignments, support with English if it is not your first language, or extra support with English, Maths and study skills to build learners’ confidence and independence, as well as teaching learning strategies including preparing for examinations. Please talk to your tutors if you have not already approached the Learner Support team on enrolment to your course.
We provide initial advice and guidance to support learners and arrange dyslexia assessments for those on courses to gain a qualification. Dyslexia support is offered on a one to one basis by the tutor. Assistive technology may be provided as appropriate such as computers in class or coloured in lays.
Please inform us if you need dyslexia support on enrolment or within the first week of attending your course by speaking to your tutor.
Can you spare two hours a week?
We need volunteers to work alongside learners with disabilities and learning difficulties who need extra support in the classroom. Can you commit to work 2 hours per week, for a 10-week term? Please contact our volunteer organiser on 020 8604 7061 or our Centre Office.
CALAT and the Learner Support department gives you every opportunity to disclose your disability, learning difficulty or medical condition. The information that you give us will be classed as ‘sensitive’ and will not be passed on without your consent.
You have the right to confidentiality, including complete confidentiality. The right to confidentiality can only be breached in exceptional circumstances under Safeguarding procedures.
Our aim however is to gain as much relevant information about you as possible in order to provide you with the most appropriate support to ensure you have a good learning experience and achieve your learning goals and qualifications.
To understand what you really need to make the most of your learning we would ask you to fill in the Learning Support Form available here.