Post 16 Options: Education and Training for young people

 

The information below has been taken from the websites listed, which are written by the individual providers.

This list does not reflect any endorsement by Halton Borough Council. It is merely a list of known providers to provide basic information about Post 16 Provision for you to explore further.

Pre or Re Engagement Services

Prince’s Trust Explore, Liverpool

 

 

 

Explore is an individually tailored programme of group work and one to one support delivered face to face and designed to start a young person on their journey towards employment. During the programme, young people engage in a range of activities and sessions carefully designed to foster personal growth and enhance interpersonal skills. Through themed sessions including outdoor learning and other recreation & community skills, independent living skills, STEM & employability workshops young people gain valuable insights into team-building self-awareness, resilience, effective communication, emotional intelligence and how to cultivate positive relationships with others. In addition to the emphasis on personal and social development, the Explore Programme places a strong focus on enhancing employability skills. Participants receive guidance on CV building, mastering interview techniques, and developing effective job search strategies.

Specialist Support Available

  • One-to-one support and guidance
  • Dedicated youth team and key worker.
  • Specialist one-to-one mentors available.
  • Employability expert volunteers to assist with CV building.
  • 24-hour Safeguarding Line

Contact

Course Venue:  203 Vanilla Factory, 39 Fleet Street, Liverpool L1 4AR.
Payge Elborough Explore Youth Engagement Lead
Email:  payge.elborough@princes-trust.org.uk
Explore.enquiriesliverpool@princes-trust.org.uk
Tel: 07773002827
Web: www.princes-trust.org.uk

Prince’s Trust Health and Social Care, Liverpool

 

 

 

The Prince’s Trust provide 16 to 30-year-olds with free training courses, mentoring, and funding to help them find a job in healthcare. Since 2019, we’ve supported and recruited thousands of 16 to 30-year-olds into the health and social care sector. We’ve built partnerships with hundreds of hospitals, care homes, and health organisations in the UK who specifically hire new healthcare workers such as care assistants, admin assistants, emergency call handlers, and more. Our team will work with you to find the right course or job role for you. We will help develop your skills and confidence, ensuring you have everything you need to get a job in the healthcare sector.

Contact

Course Venue:  203 Vanilla Factory, 39 Fleet Street, Liverpool L1 4AR.
Web: Jobs & Courses in Health & Social Care | The Prince’s Trust (princes-trust.org.uk)
Peter Williams – Youth Development Lead
Tel: Peter – 07866897812
Email: peter.williams@princes-trust.org.uk

Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service: Prince’s Trust TEAM Programme

 

 

Prince’s Trust TEAM Programme is a 12-week personal development course that runs 4 times a year offering work experience, qualifications, practical skills, work placement, community project and a residential in week 2.  Residential is in Wales for 4 days/3 nights (Tue to Fri) where people can take part in abseiling, caving, raft building, river walking and many other activities – there is no cost: all food, equipment & accommodation are provided.

Specialist Support Available

We will approach the college that we work with for extra support for students needing additional support.  We have young people on our courses with many different disabilities and we discuss with them and their parents/carers before the programme starts what specific support they may need.

More information is available on Prince’s Trust website

Contact: Keith Barker Keith.Barker@cheshirefire.gov.uk
Mobile: 0781 7087209

Talent Match – Youth Fed

 

 

Talent Match is an intensive mentoring service for 16-29 year olds in Halton who are not in education, employment or training. 18-24 year olds accessing the programme must be at least twelve months NEET – all other referrals will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. The programme has access to various types of support and focuses upon the individual using a SELF (Skills/Employment/Life/Future) model to progress.

Specialist Support Available

A wide variety of support that is tailored to the needs of the individual and includes counselling; employability support; basic skills; speech & language; advocacy; IAG; housing support; access to a LLDD mentor; travel training; life skills and money management. Each journey is personalised and not time-bound.

More information is available on Youth Fed website

Contact: Michelle Maddox Michelle.Maddox@youthfed.org
Mobile: 07515065107

School Sixth Forms

Ashley High School 6th Form

 

 

 

 

Ashley High School 6th Form provides specialist education for boys and girls, aged 16 to 19, with autism and social communication difficulties. We recognise that our students have ambitions to live and work as self-reliant adults and we help them reach their goals with continued support, structure and guidance. It is our aim to prepare our young people for a fulfilling adult life by:

  • Providing a variety of new experiences
  • Building on essential life skills
  • Developing key employability skills
  • Delivering qualifications required for further learning and employment

The 6th form focus is on continued core academic qualifications, a range of vocational qualifications, preparation for adulthood and career planning, whilst recognising the individual abilities and strengths of each student and enabling them to reach their full potential.

We offer 3 separate pathways:

  • 1-year Post-16 Bridging Course
  • 2-year Post-16 Preparation for Learning, Life & Employment Course
  • 1-year or 2-year (depending on individual circumstances) Supported Internship Programme

More information is available on the Ashley High School 6th Form website

Contact:  Mike Jones, Head of Sixth Form
Telephone: 0151 424 4892
Address: Cawfield Avenue, Widnes, Cheshire, WA8 7HG

The Cavendish High Academy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cavendish High is an outstanding school for young people, with special education needs, aged 11-19 years.  The school is designated for students with Severe Learning Difficulties (SLD), Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties (PMLD) and Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC) with SLD. Other special educational needs may be considered through an Education, Health and Care Plan on an individual basis.  Our students all have Education, Health and Care Plans.

The Cavendish High Academy – Sixth Form Offer

The Cavendish High Academy Sixth Form provides students with the opportunity to reach their goals and follow a pathway of study to suit their learning needs and aspirations. We support students aged 16 to 19 years old with a range of additional needs. We offer a 38 week academic year and a full timetable Monday to Friday, 9am to 3pm.

The Sixth Form Department focuses on the development of life and work-related skills. Our curriculum provides the opportunity for students to become confident, responsible and independent individuals, empowered to make informed choices about their future. It supports a person-centered approach ensuring that their EHCP is a working plan, facilitated through flexible learning opportunities.

The curriculum encompasses English and Maths, work related learning, vocational qualifications and PSHE to develop students’ character, skills, attitudes and confidence and to support progression. The department offers Work Related Learning opportunities through Enterprise, work-based visits or independent/supported work experience.

Through collaboration with parents and agencies, we prepare students for transition. We encourage and support students and their families to explore a range of Post 19 options, offering impartial information, advice and guidance.

We offer 4 separate pathways to learning:

Route 1 – towards Entry Level

  • Qualification: ASDAN Personal Progress Certificate focusing upon English and Maths
  • Working Towards Entry 1 (Milestones M4-M7)

Route 2 – Pre Entry

  • Qualification: ASDAN Personal Progress and the opportunity to take selected and appropriate Entry 1 Ascentis English and Maths skills (Adult Curriculum M7-E1)

Route 3 – Entry Level

  • ASDAN PSD – Entry 1-Entry 3
  • Maths and English skills qualification Entry 1-3s
  • (Adult Curriculum levels E1-E3)

Route 4 Working towards Level 2

  • ASDAN PSD Level 1-2
  • Ascentis English and Maths skills (Adult Curriculum Level 1 and Level 2)

More information is available on The Cavendish High Academy website

Contact:  sec.cavendish@halton.gov.uk
Telephone: 01928 561706
Address: Lincoln Close, Runcorn, Cheshire, WA7 4YX

Ormiston Bolingbroke Academy Sixth Form College

 

 

OBA Sixth Form College is a large and successful sixth form, which provides a range of vocational and A-level qualifications that suit the abilities and interests of all students. Teaching and Learning at OBA Sixth Form College is excellent, and we have a large support team to help all students to succeed and meet their aspirations.

The purpose of OBA is to ensure that our students go to university or get a good job that gives them a life of choice and opportunity. The excellent provision, outstanding success and student progression pathways to university and employment demonstrates this.

Specialist Support Available

Life in sixth form is both exciting and challenging. While it is vital you develop both your independent living and study skills, we recognise that sometimes a little extra help is necessary. You will be given a personal tutor who can help you settle into sixth form quickly. They will be with you throughout your journey at OBA and offer the following:

  • Delivery of tutor programme to support a variety of areas including; personal health and well-being, employment and careers.
  • Support and advice.
  • Reviews of your academic progress.
  • Setting of action plans.
  • Help to complete your university and job applications.
  • References for employment and university.

More information is available on Ormiston Bolingbroke Academy Sixth Form College website

Contact:  Any of the Sixth Form team
Tel: 01928 711 643 ext. 8022 or 8013
Email: admin@ob-ac.co.uk

Sixth Form Colleges

Woolston 6th Form College

 

 

 

Woolston 6th Form College educates and supports students aged sixteen to nineteen years old who have a range of additional needs including severe learning difficulties, complex learning difficulties and profound and multiple learning difficulties.

Our vision for college is to nurture and develop students’ potential and prepare them for life and potential employment. To do this we offer a range of accredited courses from Open Awards and OCR in functional skills, life skills and work skills. All students also participate in creative sessions, sport & leisure sessions and Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme all of which incorporate community learning.

A full work experience programme is designed around the interests of students and this links with the curriculum to help our students achieve their aims and targets with as much independence as possible.

More information is available on Woolston 6th Form College website

Contact: woolstonsixthformcollege@warrington.gov.uk
Telephone: 01925 811447
Address: Holes Lane, Woolston, Warrington, WA1 4LS

Cronton Sixth Form College

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cronton Sixth Form College provides a range of training and education opportunities from entry level to Higher Education.  We work with learners from the age of 14 upwards, through A-levels, GCSEs, functional English and maths, vocational courses designed to prepare you for work and apprenticeships.

Specialist Support Available

  • Personal Tutor: all students are assigned a Personal Tutor who will guide them through the course, track achievements, help students access the wide range of support available and celebrate all of their successes.
  • Pastoral Support Team: this team will support students with their attendance, in meeting deadlines and liaising with students to ensure they maximise their learning; providing help and support with any other issues that could be affecting their College life.
  • Study Support: this support team helps students who may be experiencing difficulties coping with their College work or feel that they could do better with some extra help through 1:1 sessions and group workshops.
  • Learning Support: these tutors work with students who have special educational needs and disabilities e.g. dyslexia or Asperger’s Syndrome.

Addition Learning Support

Riverside/Cronton Sixth Form College is an inclusive college. We aim to provide all students with the information, resources and support needed to achieve the best possible outcomes in their studies. If you have a learning difficulty or disability, our Additional Learning Support service has a range of ways we can support you to achieve your potential, reach your goals and enjoy your time at college.

We have a team of highly qualified, experienced staff who are here to help students who need support with their learning above and beyond the support which is normally available. Once a referral has been made for additional learning support, an appointment will be made with a specialist ALS Tutor who will assess your support needs. Recommendations for support strategies that will help you in your learning may be made and shared with your teachers. Where appropriate requests for exam access arrangements may also be made to awarding organisations.

Some students may require practical help and resources, others may simply need to be certain that their teachers are aware of their needs and know how best to meet them. The support we offer will be different for every student according to their need. We will need a copy of your support plan from your existing or most recent education provider and in some cases, we may need information from your local authority to ensure we can put the most suitable support plan in place. Students with a medical condition that may affect their studies should also inform the Additional Learning Support team.

During your time at college and dependent on need, we can offer support with your learning in a wide range of ways including:

  • Support in class
    • Adapted and accessible course materials for example handouts on coloured paper, coloured overlays, enlarged font size, access to electronic materials.
    • Equipment including pen readers, laptops and tablets.
    • Small group support
    • One to one support
    • Support staff may also support with note-taking, organisation, time management, prompting, confidence and resilience building, study/revision skills
  • Out of class support
    • Extended learning sessions with small group or 1:1 support
    • Access to assistive technology which can help with reading, writing, planning, revision and promote independence in preparation for next steps
    • Access to other resources and equipment such as coloured writing pads
    • For some students personal or wrap around care may be needed
  • Exam Access Arrangements including:
    • Modified papers
    • Extra time
    • Separate room
    • Rest breaks
    • Reader (computer/person)
    • Scribe (handwritten or typed)

*Please note supporting evidence may be required

More information is available on Cronton Sixth Form College website

Contact: courses@cronton.ac.uk
Telephone: 0151 424 1515
Address:  Cronton Campus, Cronton Lane, Widnes, Cheshire, WA8 5WA 

Carmel College

 

 

 

 

16-18 programmes:

  • A levels
  • BTEC and other Level 3 courses
  • Foundation Learning

18+ Higher Education course

Foundation Learning – Entry Level

Carmel College aims to offer provision for students with moderate learning difficulties to improve the skills and competences that they will need in adult life. The Foundation Learning Programme is taught in small group sizes and is tailored to meet the student’s individual needs

There are 3 curriculum strands to the course at 3 levels of attainment:

  • Daily Living Skills
  • Community and Leisure
  • Practical and Vocational Skills

Students with learning difficulties often learn best through real activities and practical tasks of relevance and interest to them. The course will provide students with opportunities to improve their skills and reach their potential enabling them to progress successfully onto the next stage in their life with increased confidence and self-esteem.

Foundation Learning Level 1

This course is a personalised learning programme that covers Vocational Studies, Work Experience, Functional Skills and Personal & Social Development.

  • Opportunities to develop your vocational interests and transferable work skills
  • Provides an opportunity to take part in work placements
  • Progress onto further educational courses or the world of work
  • Staff are friendly, approachable and supportive
  • You will receive guidance, help and advice on matters of both an academic and personal nature

See the website site for further information about Foundation Learning including a virtual tour of the Foundation Learning Department

Support for students with a wide range of learning difficulties/disabilities

The Learning Support Team have experience of working with students with a wide range of learning difficulties/disabilities e.g. dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADHD, hearing and visual impairment and Asperger’s Syndrome. Students who have a medical condition, which may affect their studies, should also inform the Learning Support department.

The Learning Support Team will ensure that your tutors are aware of your individual support needs and there are opportunities to review your progress on a regular basis. This information will be treated confidentially and only shared with those who need to know.

More information is available on Carmel College website

Contact:  foundationlearning@carmel.ac.uk / info@carmel.ac.uk
Telephone: 01744 452 200
Address: Prescot Road, St Helens, Merseyside, WA10 3AG

 

Priestley College

 

 

 

Priestley College is a sixth form college for 16-18 year olds offering a range of courses including a choice of 70 A-Level, T-Level and other Vocational options with hundreds of possible combinations available.

Study Support

Study Support at Priestley is based on the ground floor of the Learning Resource Centre. Our friendly and experienced team includes:

  • Inclusion Manager
  • Access Arrangement Assessors
  • Study Support Assistants

We can provide advice, guidance and support at any point during your time at College, to aid you in your studies and to help you to achieve success.

All students are able to access Study Support at any time, particularly those who require additional help to participate in their learning programme and achieve their goals.

Students with current EHCPs or specific learning needs can access a wide range of support provision including; additional support in classrooms, use of the Study Support Base, LRC, additional sessions outside of the classroom in addition to the support offered by subject tutors, personal and senior tutors and any appropriate resources or access arrangements necessary.

The Study Base is a dedicated space in the Learning Resource Centre where students can access the support that they need whether that be with aspects of their programme, social and emotional support, health or learning or just simply a comfortable space to be.

Students may be referred to the Base by a tutor; alternatively, they are free to drop in for assistance or to work independently.

We recognise that all students may need support at some time however some students may require a more planned programme of support.

The overarching aim is to help students to become as independent as possible by providing the support, which meets their needs and makes best use of the available resources.

The Study Support team are available to respond to the diverse learning needs of students including specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia, ASD, ADHD, Mental Health, Health Needs and pastoral, social and emotional needs.

Support can include:

  • Study support assistants (SAs) who provide support in class for groups or individuals with identified learning needs or other needs through EHC Plans and or High Funded status
  • Support with mobility and communication.
  • Support for social interactions.
  • Study Support provision for additional support outside of class.
  • Direct support for individual students.
  • Support with English and Math’s.
  • Subject specific support.
  • Mentoring, pastoral advice and guidance.
  • Well-being.
  • Assessment for Access Arrangements.
  • Excellent links with professional agencies.
  • Advice about progressing from college to university and the learning support available (including Disabled Students Allowance – DSA)

More information is available on Priestley College website

Contact: Tracie Ryan, Inclusion Manager t.ryan@priestley.ac.uk / enquiries@priestley.ac.uk
Telephone: 01925 633591
Address: Loushers Lane, Warrington WA4 6RD 

Further Education Colleges

 

Riverside College Foundations for Life and Work

 

 

 

 

 

The Foundations for Life and Work department provides specialist further education for students with learning difficulties and/or disabilities.

We will work with you and your circle of support (parents/ carers and other professionals) to get to know you, create a study programme with you and support you to have a clear plan of what you will do after college.

There are three pathways designed to provide a personalised learning programme. They are:

1)  Foundation – Pathway to Independence

This programme is focused on preparing you for adulthood:

  • Being safe in your community
  • Managing your health and wellbeing for a long and happy life
  • Getting a job – voluntary or paid work is a real option for most young people with learning difficult/ disability. We will work with you on a vocational profile and a plan for your future. We will help you to know how you will be better off in work and link you with a disability advisor.
  • Living independently – what ever that looks like for you.

This programme gives you the opportunity to develop a range of skills that will allow you to live as independently as possible and achieve your aspirations. You will be provided with a practical, engaging, and enjoyable programme of learning.

2) Foundation – Pathway to Progression:

This programme is focused on preparing you for progression to cross college provision. The programme is designed to give an enhanced transition experience as a steppingstone from smaller settings to a college environment. This course will provide you the opportunity to develop a range of technical skills (such as Hair & Beauty, Construction and Catering) and improve your maths and English skills (and take qualifications if you want to) to progress to the next level of study in the subject area of your choice. You will be provided with a practical, engaging, and enjoyable programme of learning to help you on your next steps.

3) Foundation – Pathway to Employment

This programme is focused on preparing you for progression to employment and to help you achieve your aspirations in the workplace. We will build a practical, engaging, and enjoyable programme of study to help you get and keep a job.

Students with an Education, Health & Care Plan

Our EHCP team can be invited to your transition annual review at school. At your review we will get to know you, we can identify support needs and then share inform with the Inclusion team to prepare our staff for when you start. During your time at college, we will use your EHCP outcomes to inform our planning and work with you to prepare you for your future. You will have an annual review in conjunction with the local authority where we can update your plan with any changes to your inclusion needs, track the progress of your outcomes, and capture your voice. Teaching and support staff will also track your outcomes on our college system throughout your programme.

What support is available to enable your success?

During their time at college students will be provided with support from many different people:

  • Personal tutors
  • Teachers
  • Learning Support Workers
  • Health and Wellbeing Team
  • Our college Learning Disability Nurse – who visits us
  • Careers Team

We work with your external support team who may include

  • Social Workers
  • Social services support teams
  • Your Local Authority SEN advisor
  • Welfare Services
  • Counselling Services
  • Other professionals such as Teachers of the Deaf, Visual impairment and Speech and Language specialists.

For further information about Foundation Studies department please visit: www.rchfs.net

For further information on the courses on offer please visit: https://www.riversidecollege.ac.uk/school-leavers/course-areas/foundation-studies/

Contact: foundation.studies@riversidecollege.ac.uk
Telephone: 0151 257 2062
Address: Foundation Studies, Kingsway, Widnes, Cheshire, WA8 7QE

The Pettypool Trust Vocational College

 

 

Petty Pool Vocational College is an education provider for young adults with learning difficulties, supporting over 100 full-time students from across Cheshire, Halton, Warrington and the North West. All applicants must have an Education Health Care Plan or equivalent. We accommodate learners with a range of learning difficulties and disabilities.

There are a range of courses available including employability, preparation for work, vocational studies and supported internships.

For further information about the vocational courses

How to enrol

Petty Pool College invites anyone to attend its Open Day for Learners and Parents. We hold two open days each academic year, one in the Autumn term (Nov) and the other in the Summer term (June.)

Enrolment process

The enrolment process begins on the 1st September of each academic year. We accept referrals from young people’s advisors, special schools or young people can self-refer.

Once we have received your application, you will be invited to Petty Pool for an initial interview. Following your interview, you may be offered a two-day link visit during which we will assess your vocational and functional skills. Assessment decisions are made using the information gathered during this process.

More information is available on Petty Pool College website

Telephone:01606 889097
Address: Chester Road, Sandiway, Northwich, CW8 2DR

Riverside College

 

 

 

 

 

Riverside College Halton offers a wide range of full time vocational courses from entry to level 3, apprenticeships, foundation for life and work, adult courses and Higher Education courses

 Specialist Support Available

  • Personal Tutor: all students are assigned a Personal Tutor who will guide them through the course, track achievements, help students access the wide range of support available and celebrate all of their successes.
  • Pastoral Support Team: this team will support students with their attendance, in meeting deadlines and liaising with students to ensure they maximise their learning; providing help and support with any other issues that could be affecting their College life.
  • Study Support: this support team helps students who may be experiencing difficulties coping with their College work or feel that they could do better with some extra help through 1:1 sessions and group workshops.
  • Inclusion and Learning Support: the team work alongside students who have special educational needs and disabilities e.g. Autism, dyslexia, dyscalculia, physical disability, visual impairment and deafness.

Inclusion and Learning Support

Riverside/Cronton Sixth Form College is an inclusive college. We aim to provide all students with the information, resources and support needed to achieve the best possible outcomes in their studies. If you have a learning difficulty or disability, our Inclusion and Learning Support service has a range of ways we can support you to achieve your potential, reach your goals and enjoy your time at college.

We have a team of qualified, experienced staff who are passionate about enabling students to achieve their aspirations. We help students who need support with their learning. Once a referral has been made for learning support, an appointment will be made with a team member who will get to know you and your support needs. We will listen to you and share with the teaching and support teams the support strategies that will help you in your learning. Where appropriate we will complete an Exam Access Arrangements assessment and make the necessary request to awarding organisations.

Some students may require practical help and resources, others may simply need to be certain that their teachers are aware of their needs and know how best to meet them. The support we offer will be different for every student according to their need. Its most useful if you provide us with a copy of your support plan from your existing or most recent education provider and in some cases, we may need information from your local authority to ensure we can put the most suitable support plan in place. Students with a medical condition that may affect their studies should also inform the Inclusion and Learning Support team.

Students with an Education, Health & Care Plan

Our EHCP team can be invited to your transition annual review at school. At your review we will get to know you, we can identify support needs and then share inform with the Inclusion team to prepare our staff for when you start. During your time at college, we will use your EHCP outcomes to inform our planning and work with you to prepare you for your future. You will have an annual review in conjunction with the local authority where we can update your plan with any changes to your inclusion needs, track the progress of your outcomes, and capture your voice. Teaching and support staff will also track your outcomes on our college system throughout your programme.

During your time at college and dependent on need, we can offer support with your learning in a wide range of ways including:

  • Technology for All
    • Access to assistive technology which can help with reading, writing, planning, revision and promote independence in preparation for next steps
    • Sessions to teach you to use immersive readers, dictate your assignments or change the background colour of your screen/ laptop to suit you.
    • Help setting up a study support calendar to support time management, meeting assignment deadlines etc.
    • Equipment including pen readers, laptops, and tablets.
    • Specialist software
    • Reading pens and electronic readers for exams support (if EAA is in place)
  • Out of class support
    • Extended learning sessions with small groups
    • Access to other resources and equipment such as coloured writing pads
    • Exam preparation sessions
    • For some students personal or wrap around care may be needed
  • Support in class
    • Adapted and accessible course materials for example handouts on coloured paper, coloured overlays, enlarged font size, access to electronic materials.
    • Small group support
    • One to one support
    • Support staff may also support with notetaking, organisation, time management, prompting, confidence and resilience building, study/revision skills
  • Exam Access Arrangements including:
    • Modified papers
    • Extra time
    • Separate room
    • Rest breaks
    • Reader (computer/person)
    • Scribe (handwritten or typed)

Contact: courses@riverside.ac.uk
Telephone: 0151 424 1515
Address:  Kingsway Campus, Kingsway, Widnes, Cheshire, WA8 7QQ
Website: https://www.riversidecollege.ac.uk/

Greenbank College

 

 

 

 

 

Greenbank College offer:

  • Personalised study programmes for young people aged 16-18 or for up to 24 with and EHCP that supports personal development and helps students achieve their goals for work and life.
  • Foundation Study Programme designed to teach fundamental skills for independent living, learning and employment an Entry Levels 1, 2 and 3.
  • Supported Internships for young people with an EHCP and who would benefit from extra support to gain employment

More information is available on Greenbank College website

Contact: Alison Stoddart, Guidance and Recruitment Coordinator,
Email: greenbankiag@greenbank.org.uk
Telephone: 0151 733 7255
Address: Greenbank Lane, Liverpool L17 1AG

Myerscough College

 

 

The College’s Centre is set within the newly restored Shippon in the heart of Walton Hall Park, immediately adjacent to the newly refurbished conservatories and glasshouses. Students also have full access to the Zoo, ornamental gardens, extensive parkland and woodland.

Working in partnership with Warrington Borough Council and the Walton Lea Partnership, Myerscough College offers courses in Foundation Courses (Supported Internships and Traineeships), Animal Studies (Entry Level 3 and Levels 1 and 2), Horticulture Studies (Entry Level 3 and Levels 1, 2 and 3).

Address:  Walton Hall and Gardens, Walton Lea Road, Higher Walton, Warrington, Cheshire, WA4 6SN

For more information please visit: www.myerscough.ac.uk

Myerscough College at Walton Gardens are hosting open mornings between 10.00am and 12 noon on the following dates:

  • 19 November 2022
  • 4 February 2023
  • 18 March 2023
  • 10 June 2023

 

 

Liverpool Campus Croxteth Park

Our Croxteth Campus is based at Croxteth Hall and provides the opportunity for students from the Merseyside area to study a range of subjects in the Hall’s beautiful surroundings.

Subjects that can be studied at Croxteth are: Animal Care, Equine Studies, Landscaping, Horticulture, Foundation Learning and Arboriculture.

Contact: croxteth@myerscough.ac.uk

Telephone: 0151 228 7162

Address: Myerscough College – Merseyside Campus, Croxteth Country Park, Croxteth Hall Lane, Croxteth L12 0HB

Reaseheath College

 

 

 

Reaseheath College is one of the UK’s leading specialist land-based colleges based in Nantwich, Cheshire. We offer a range of full-time diplomas, apprenticeships and degrees, ideal for those looking for an exciting career in the land-based industries.

Student Support

We care about your future and pride ourselves on providing a safe and stimulating environment for you to learn. We are graded Outstanding by Ofsted for the excellent support, development and care we provide to our students.

You will have a course tutor who will guide you through your course and will always be willing to listen if you have a problem. However, we understand that sometimes it can be easier talking to someone outside of your curriculum area.

So in addition we offer a range of support to all students through Student Services, the Student Health and Wellbeing Service and the Learning Skills Centre (LSC).

The College will take into account any learning difficulties or disabilities such as dyslexia and those with mental health concerns and will endeavour to make reasonable adjustments to study programmes to meet individual needs. The level of support is based on an assessment of needs.

More information is available on Reaseheath College website

Contact: enquiries@reaseheath.ac.uk
Email: greenbankiag@greenbank.org.uk
Telephone: 01270 625131
Address: Reaseheath College, Nantwich, Cheshire, CW5 6DF

St Helens College

 

 

 

St Helens College welcomes students with a wide range of learning difficulties and/or disabilities (LDD) and strives to meet their individual needs.  Inclusive Learning Booklet

St Helens College is an inclusive learning environment, providing courses and support for students with a range of LDD in every curriculum area, and at every level. We also have a range of courses designed specifically for students with LDD in the Foundation Academy.

The College Offer detailed on the webpage is intended to highlight the provision available for students with special educational needs and disabilities and how we can support all elements of their education. It is intended to answer questions that may be asked by parents of children with SEND and the way that you and your child may receive support from your local authority, health and social care services and St Helens College.

More information is available on St Helens College website

Contact: Parents can contact the Learner Support Team on 01744 623260 / 623263. The Learner Support Manager is Anne Ignatius.
Telephone: Course enquiries 0800 996699 General enquiries 01744 733766
Address: St Helens College, Water Street, St Helens, Merseyside, WA10 1PP

Knowsley Community College

 

 

Supported Learning Curriculum

We want our students to be able to be fully engaged in their own choices, possessing the ability to make informed and safe decisions about their future steps into independent living or work, as well as becoming active and productive members of the local and wider community.

During their time at the College, students have the opportunity to develop their work skills including communication and teamwork along with life skills such as money management, cookery and safe travel.

They will follow an individualised programme of study made up of component parts including maths, English, Open Awards qualifications, interventions and work experience designed to meet their EHCP outcomes and their identified individual development.

Students will leave us with skills for life and an understanding of the importance of their physical and mental wellbeing. They will choose their pathway depending on their own goals for the future – Life Skills Pathway, Work Skills Pathway.

Supported Learning intention:

  • All students will experience a broad and balanced curriculum that will support them in preparing for adulthood
  • All students will follow a personalised programme made up of component parts, which supports their individual development and EHCP outcomes.
  • All students will follow a pathway that is matched to support their future goals – Life Skill or Work Skills.

More information is available on Knowsley Community College website

Contact: info@knowsleycollege.ac.uk
Telephone: 0151 477 5850
Address: Knowsley Community College, Main Campus Huyton Liverpool L36 3SD

The City of Liverpool College

 

 

 

The City of Liverpool College offers a wide range of vocational curriculum ranging from entry to degree and post-graduate levels: Course Finder

Additional Learning Support

Our aspiration at The City of Liverpool College is that students receive an outstanding level of learning support. Our Additional Learning Support model aims to ensure that staff have the specialist skills and knowledge to deliver high-quality, personalised support programmes that effectively meet the needs of learners with Additional Learning Needs.
Once you become a student at the College, your goals and aspirations become ours and we aim to provide the help and support you need to achieve them. We provide support to thousands of students every year across all college campuses and programmes of study.

We have a dedicated, highly qualified and experienced support team comprising of:

  • Learning Support Practitioners
  • Specialist SpLD (Dyslexia etc.)
  • Tutors
  • Learning Support Specialists.

Our staff work collaboratively with cross-college teams in efficiently assessing a student’s needs as well as organising and implementing a wide range of support programmes, each tailored to their individual requirements.  We offer support in a wide range of specialist areas including:

  • Assistive Technology
  • Autism Spectrum Condition
  • Behaviour 4 Learning (EBD/ADHD/ADD)
  • Deaf and/or Hard of Hearing
  • Support for Students with Mental Health difficulties
  • Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD)
  • Support for Students on HE Programmes
  • Visual Impairment.

More information is available on The City of Liverpool College website

Contact: enquiry@liv-coll.ac.uk
Telephone:0151 252 3000
Address: Roscoe St, Liverpool L1 9DW

Warrington and Vale Royal College

 

 

 

Warrington and Vale Royal College offer a range of courses from entry level to Level 3, higher education and apprenticeships.

Here is the link to the courses on offer

Skills for Independence, Life and Work Course

Our skills for independence, life and work courses provide further education opportunities for students with learning difficulties and/or disabilities. For those who have a desire to enter the work of work, the departments also offers supported internships and preparation for supported employment. For more information click here

Foundation Learning

Foundation learning courses give students the opportunity to learn at college in a supported environment and prepare them to move onto their next step.

 Within Foundation Learning you can study Entry 3 Vocational Studies which allows you to explore a range of vocational areas alongside studying English and maths. If you feel you need extra time and support to develop the right skills for college and to find an area that you are interested in, this course is ideal for you! Throughout the course you will be able to take part in sessions from one of many course areas, helping you to decide on the next steps and equipping you with a range of new skills.

For more information about this course click here

For further information about what learning support is available including transition to college, click here

More information is available on Warrington and Vale Royal College website

Telephone: 01925 494494
Address: Winwick Road, Warrington, WA2 8QA

Hugh Baird College

 

 

 

 

 

Hugh Baird College offers a range of courses from entry level to Level 3, higher education and apprenticeships. For further information on the courses on offer click here

Hugh Baird College prides itself on being an inclusive learning environment and having a supportive culture. Our mission is “to inspire, challenge and transform lives”. Therefore, we welcome learners with a wide range of special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) and strive to meet their individual needs. The College provides courses and support for learners with a range of learning difficulties and/or disabilities, but it is not a specialist SEND college. We support learners with SEND in every curriculum area, and at every level from pre-entry to HE level. We also have a range of courses designed specifically for learners with SEND in Foundation Learning. The College has an extensive provision of courses in Further Education (FE) for young people 16 – 18 years old and those aged 19+. We also offer provision for 14 – 16 year olds as full-time

Foundation Learning

Our Foundation Learning programmes have been developed specifically for those aged 16-25 who are either; entering College at Entry Level, uncertain about which course they would like to study, not sure what area of employment they would like to work in, would like to develop core skills before committing to a subject area or just need a fresh start.  For Foundation Learning  further information click here 

Learning for Life offers:

  • Learning for Life – First Steps to Work
  • Learning for Life – Independent Living Skills
  • Learning for Life – Skills for Working Life (Entry Level)

For further information on Learning for Life click here

For information on the support available click here

More information is available on Hugh Baird College website

Contact: enquiries@hughbaird.ac.uk
Telephone: 0151 353 4444
Address: Balliol Rd, Bootle, Liverpool L20 7EW


Thornton College

Thornton College is a specialist centre for Liverpool City Region based students aged 16+ with learning difficulties and/or physical disabilities and levels of vulnerability that require them to undertake their further education in a supportive environment.

More information is available on Thornton College website

E-mail: thorntoncollege@hughbaird.ac.uk
Telephone: 0151 934 4811
Address: Edge Lane, Thornton, Liverpool L23 4TF

Supported Internships

Supported Internships information

Access to Work and Reasonable Adjustments Information

Information on both Access to Work and Reasonable Adjustments can be found on the main PfA Education and Employment page

Case Studies

Special Post 16 Institutions

 

Special Post 16 Institution Information

What is a Special Post 16 Institution?

Special post–16 institutions are legally established to provide education and are not maintained schools or FE colleges, which provide specialist post-16 education and support to young people with some of the most severe learning difficulties and/or disabilities or low incidence needs with an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan

Where can I find them?

Section 41 of the Children and Families Act 2014 (the Act) allows the Secretary of State (SoS), by order, to publish a list of approved independent special schools and special post-16 institutions.

The list is published on GOV.UK, it’s known as the Section 41 List

Institutions on the approved list make themselves voluntarily subject to certain duties in the Act 2014:

  • local authorities’ published local offer of support available to children and young people with Special Educational Needs (SEN) must refer to the institutions on the approved list
  • institutions on the approved list have a reciprocal duty to co-operate with the local authority on arrangements for children and young people with SEN, and to have regard to the statutory guidance in the Special educational needs and disability code of practice: 0 to 25 years (SEND Code of Practice)

In addition, the Act gives parents and young people the right to express a preference for independent specialist provision when their EHC plan is being agreed and completed. If a parent or young person requests that an approved independent special school or special post-16 institution be named in their EHC plan, the local authority is under a conditional duty to accept (unless it would be unsuitable for the age, ability, aptitude or SEN of the child or young person, or the attendance of the child or young person there would be incompatible with the efficient education of others, or the efficient use of resources). If named on an EHC plan, the independent special school or special post-16 institution must admit the pupil or student. These places are approved independent special schools and special post-16 institutions on the same legal footing as maintained schools, academies, non-maintained special schools and FE colleges.

Parents and young people may request that an independent special school or special post-16 institution not on the approved list be named in an EHC plan. The local authority will consider this request, but is not under any specific duty to secure a place, and there is no duty on the institution to admit the pupil or student. The Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) is acting as the Secretary of State’s agent in determining which independent special schools and special post-16 institutions should be approved to join the list.


Natspec

Natspec is the membership association for organisations, which offer specialist further education, and training for students with learning difficulties and/or disabilities.

Work Based Learning/Training Providers

Military Preparation College Training, MPCT, Liverpool

 

 

 

Our courses are designed to give learners the skills needed to start their journey towards a rewarding career in the British Armed Forces or to progress on to further education or training. Every Instructor at the college has served in the British Armed Forces and all are role models to our students. They have been trained by the best, and, in turn, our students are learning from the best. At the college, learners will follow a weekly routine of activities and curriculum. This includes vocational training, physical training, English and mathematics, military training days and assessments. Graduates of the programme who decide to join the British Armed Forces better are better prepared and are more likely to be successful than direct entrants. Students who decide to pursue other career options have the core skills and confidence to support their success.

Specialist Support Available
In house SENCO officer and health and safely advisors on hand to support and advise

Contact

MPCT Liverpool Toosey Barracks
Aigburth Road Liverpool L17 9PH
Tel: 0330 1113939­­­­­
Email: enquriers@mpct.co.uk
Web: www.mpct.co.uk

The Growth Company, St Helens

 

 

If you are aged 16 – 18 we understand taking the first steps after school can be challenging. That’s why we have unique programmes and a support team in our centre to help you start your journey after leaving school. Our tailored programmes are designed around your needs and when you join us, your programme will likely include:

  • A nationally recognised qualification.
  • English and Maths skills and qualifications.
  • Work experience.
  • Employability skills.
  • Enrichment Activities.
  • Tailored individual learning plan to suit your needs Guidance and support available to you
  • Smaller class sizes.
  • One-to-one support from a designated key worker.
  • Additional learning support.
  • Bursary of up to £40 per week (subject to certain eligibility criteria).
  • Breakfast club for all learners.
  • Free hot drinks and kitchen facilities for use throughout the day.
  • Experienced staff who understand and can support additional learning needs.
  • Our students can talk to us at any time.

Specialist Support Available

  • Smaller class sizes.
  • One-to-one support from a designated key worker.
  • Additional learning support.
  • Experienced staff who understand and can support additional learning needs.

Contact

Delivery Venue – St. Helens Training Centre YMCA Building Duke Street St Helens Merseyside WA10 2TJ
Tel: 01744 750467
Joann Webster – Head of Foundation Learning Education and Skills
E-Mail: joann.webster@gceducationandskills.ac.uk
Tel: 07586116135

The Learning Foundry, Liverpool

 

 

Our training and employment programmes are designed to help you fast track your career. You’re getting started in the sector you want to work in, with a course that’s all about getting you the skills and experience that employers are looking for. We’re not like school or college. We work with employers across the Liverpool City Region to get you real work experience.

All of our tutors are friendly and committed to making your talent shine.

  • Learn about your chosen industry and experience what it’s really like
  • Fast track courses mean you’ll progress into work and start earning a wage quickly.
  • Get experience for your CV with an industry work placement.
  • Develop your employability skills.
  • Support to progress into our EXCLUSIVE apprenticeship opportunities.
  • Support with Maths and English.

Specialist Support Available

At The Learning Foundry, no learner is left behind and we are committed to giving every learner the right support.

  • A cognitive learning assessment for every learner to identify individual learning needs (using Cognassist)
  • Personalised learning plans
  • Specialist equipment provided where needed
  • Personal development sessions
  • Access to Mental Health First Aiders
  • Dedicated Safeguarding and SEND team
  • Links to support and counselling services.

Contact

Delivery Venue-The Watson Building, 4 Renshaw Street, Liverpool L1 2SA
Tel: 0300 123 8088
Email: info@thelearningfoundry.co.uk
Yaz Milne – Traineeship Coordinator Learning Foundry
Yazmin.milne@thelearningfoundry.co.uk
Web: Our courses | The Learning Foundry

Rocket Training, Liverpool

 

 

Rocket Training has a strong reputation across the region for the quality of our programmes. We make sure that our service is friendly and professional and that all staff are well qualified and experienced in their area of expertise. All our customers are important, and we take great care to design learning to meet the needs of individuals and companies. Many of our programmes are aimed at young people who are looking to find their way in the world of work and our members of staff work tirelessly to help them achieve both qualifications and employment. We are extremely proud that Ofsted award Grade 2 (Good) to our organisation when we were last inspected in 2016 and 2022. We continue to have a clear focus on quality programmes which are nationally recognised and meet the needs of local people and employers. Our successes are numerous with thousands of people over the years having benefited from help into employment or the achievement of relevant qualifications. Numerous companies have also grown their businesses as a result of our thoughtful approach in matching individuals to vacancies.

Specialist Support Available
We have a pastoral support worker who works currently 2 days per week if any students need to speak to her. They also take a lead on PEP’s, reviews, and works closely with our safeguarding lead to support learners and staff.

Contact

Delivery Venue – Rocket Training LTD, 302 – 304 Kensington, L7 2RN
Tel: 0151 259 1556
Web: www.rockettraining.co.uk
Fay Johnson
Email: fay.johnson@rockettraining.co.uk

Morthyng Warrington

 

 

 

We offer tailor-made Study Programmes for 16 to 18-year-olds (or 19+ with an EHC plan). Our courses are designed to provide you with a flexible and challenging learning programme that helps you develop the skills and achieve the qualifications that you need to help you on your way to your desired career path. You will have a personalised, flexible programme of study planned out for you at the start of your programme. This is decided in the first few weeks and will depend on your starting point, career aspirations, and your prior achievements at school or college. The length of your programme will also depend on these factors.

Specialist Support Available
The support we offer to learners is determined on a case-by-case basis, an example of this is breaks in sessions and reduced timetables to start to help settle.

Contact

Delivery Venue – Morthyng Vocational College, 75 Sankey Street, Warrington, WA1 1SL
Tel: 01925639264
Website: Home – Morthyng
Molly Croft – Student Support officer
Mobile: 07500 819502
Email: molly.croft@morthyng.co.uk

Employability Solutions Liverpool

 

 

Our Study Programme 16 – 19 is set in the heart of Garston Village, where we are surrounded by the local community and businesses.  Currently, our provision is mixed extending the opportunity to learn from each other, as well as the tutors, teaching assistants, and pastoral team around them. Young people have a wealth of opportunities to extend experiences around employment and day trips out of the local area take place. Our learners attend 3 days a week and follow a daily curriculum of English and Maths, alongside a creative and active curriculum, that enhances the skills required for independent adulthood. We provide a safe, warm, and loving environment to nurture our young people, supporting them to grow independently.

Specialist Support Available

We are a trauma-informed school and practice PACE. We do not practice any restraint procedures. Alongside the teaching & learning team, each of our sites have Inclusion Workers, Progress Leads, and a Centre Support Team. Our pastoral Inclusion Workers are on hand daily for check-ins with young people to support them in many ways. Inclusion Workers also support our young people to ensure that they look after themselves and encourage regular doctor, dentist, and health checkups. Key interventions are available through our on-site SENDCo. These may be for cognition & learning, communication & interaction, or social, emotional and mental health. We work closely with many external providers and invite specialists to work with our young people to enhance their experiences, following the relevant DBS checks.

Contact

Delivery Venue – 52 Wellington Street, Garston, Liverpool, L19 2LX
Tel: 0151 427 4193
Email: admin@employabilitysolutions.com
Web: Home – Employability Solutions

Nadia – Director of Student Services
nadia@employabilitysolutions.com

Katie – SEND Lead
katie@employabilitysolutions.com

Power in Partnership (PIP)

 

 

 

 

 

  • Based in Halton
  • Study programme

Power in Partnership launched in 2011 with the purpose of assisting young people from across the community who are not in education or employment. Their model includes work experience and taster days in several vocational areas, English and maths is embedded into all sessions and wrap around support assists the retention and achievement of young people.  Courses are personalised around the needs of learners who can progress through programmes to support their personal development.  Delivering study programmes and traineeships that include English and Maths in both Widnes and Runcorn.

More information is available on Power in Partnership website

Contact: Claire Bradbury claire-communities@hotmail.co.uk
Mobile:  07985 245696/01928 569255

NPL Football Academy

 

 

The Northern Premier League Football Academy (NPLFA) was founded in 2014 and since then, has been offering students/players the opportunity to achieve sporting academic qualifications (ranging from NVQ Level 2s, BTEC Level 3s in Sport, all the way up to BSc (Hons) degrees), whilst training full-time with UEFA-qualified coaches and representing their semi-pro club’s academy in its FA-sanctioned league.

Specialist Support Available

Specialist support is available and all ALN and EHCP student applications are considered. Cases are monitored and assessed on an individual basis.

More information is available on NPL Football Academy website

Contact: Max Connor
Email: max@espfa.co.uk
Tel: 07543220545
Email: info@nplfa.co.uk

Enhance Brighten Improve

The overall aim of the program is to support young people with aspirations to work in the sport or leisure sector in gaining experience and qualifications necessary to open up as many pathways as possible including university, apprenticeship, full time employment and elite level performance, Students will also work towards gaining maths and English qualifications, gain work experience within the sector and receive support with any personal issues they may be dealing with, from mental health to family life.

Specialist Support Available

 As a college we have a strong support team who can assist us with issues such as giving learners additional 121 support for their program, A safeguarding team that can support any learners who may be vulnerable and can work with several organisations who also work with young people on our programs to enhance to support they are being given, Working closely with CAMHS and local councils.

Contact: Gary Macdonald gary@enhancebrightenimprove.co.uk
Mobile: 07572795392

Apprenticeships  

Apprenticeships information

Access to Work and Reasonable Adjustments Information

Information on both Access to Work and Reasonable Adjustments can be found on the main PfA Education and Employment page

Higher Education

Higher Education Information

What is a Higher Education?

Higher Education (HE) is the third level of education after a person leaves school. HE is broader than just University and refers to learning which takes place in a variety of settings including further education colleges, Universities and in work places. HE study in the UK includes:

  • Foundation Degrees
  • Bachelor Degrees
  • Post Graduate/Masters Degrees
  • Higher Level Apprenticeships
  • PHD/Doctorates

Where can I access higher education courses?

 UCAS is the Universities and Colleges Admission Service in the UK.  UCAS connects people to University, post Uni studies including teacher training, apprenticeships and internships. 

Support for students with learning difficulties and/disabilities

 There is lots of information, hints and tips including transition and financial support click here

Financial Support

You can find out more information about the financial support available click here 

In addition to your student finance arrangements, you may also be eligible for Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSA), which helps cover some of the extra study-related costs you incur due to a physical or mental health condition, or learning difference.

DSA is a non-repayable allowance, which is in addition to other student finance.

 

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