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Barnfield College

As part of our vision, we aim to promote and lead a culture of shared values. They are the solid foundation and main principles of our culture. By consistently working hard to maintain our values, we will keep what makes Barnfield so special – an organisation that is deeply committed to delivering quality teaching and learning and providing innovative educational opportunities to the communities of Luton and beyond.

01582 569569

Bedford College

Bedford College offer programmes of education for young people and adult working from pre-entry to Higher Education in a wide range of academic and vocational areas. The college successfully support young people and adults to progress into Higher Education and work. The college also provide specialist provision for young people within discrete groups, should you be interested in this offer please refer to our section on Supported Learning Courses.

The college offer a range of support for those young people with an identified Learning Difficulty and/or Disability according to individual need. Typical services provided can include:

• 1-1 or small group support outside of the main class where students may develop study skills, English and/or maths to support them to achieve their main qualification.
• Teaching Assistant support within both structured and un-structured times if appropriate.
• Learning Support Assistants to support with physical and personal care needs if required.
• Specialist exam arrangements

Alongside these services we have specialist Autism, Deaf and Dyslexia Co-ordinators.

The Autism Co-ordinator provides specialist support to both students and staff to promote effective support and student achievement to those on the spectrum, this can include mentoring support, staff development and assessment. The Co-ordinator is supported by an Assistant and together they provide daily drop in sessions for students at both our Cauldwell Street and Shuttleworth campuses.

At our Cauldwell Street site we have a dedicated base room called ‘The Haven’ which students can access throughout the day. The specialist team also work with students to plan social activities which have included bowling, ice skating at Christmas, meals out and an arts evening with pizza!

The Deaf Co-ordinator is herself Hard of Hearing and her preferred method of communication is British Sign Language, this provides her with a unique insight that she is able to utilise to meet the needs of students both in terms of mentoring and pairing to a communicator. The Deaf Co-ordinator delivers training to staff in develop their awareness and BSL communication skills. The Deaf Co-ordinator is supported by a team of experienced communicators.

The team also have two Dyslexia Co-ordinators who provide staff awareness training, specialist teaching and exam arrangements.

The focus of the college support team is very much upon supporting students to become as independent as they possibly can within their learning to support their longer term aspirations.

01234 291652

Bedford College - Supported Learning Provision

The service aims to support young people into adulthood through a specialist curriculum within a mainstream setting. Students undertaking courses within the Foundation area have the opportunity to develop their independent living skills within our specialist flat; access the community via our excellent location within Bedford town centre; continue to develop their numeracy and literacy skills across the curriculum. Full time programmes consist of opportunities for students to:

• Develop their work skills by undertaking a weekly supported work placement and dedicated session to support their understanding of the world of work.
• The opportunity to undertake one or more option/s which meet their personal interest and/or career aspirations. These are delivered within specialist facilities by vocational staff with experience of working with young people with additional needs.
• All students will have a dedicated Personal Tutor who works with the student and liaises with parents/carers and other agencies to promote achievement and well-being.

The days and times of our services are unfortunately limited by government funding. Full time programmes for young people aged 16-18 are delivered over 4 days for 32 weeks of the year. Full time programmes for young people aged 19+ over 5 days per week between 10.30-3.00. Students access supported for full time programmes for up to 3 years.

Progression routes for young people from our supported courses are varied with students progressing onto level one or two courses cross college, gaining employment to undertaking a varied programme supported through social care which may include one day a week at college and continuation of their work placement. Student’s progress is regularly reviewed and discussed with the student, parent/carers and relevant agencies to support young people to support transition into adulthood.

01234 291652

First Place Training

First Place Training is a unique training provider because we aim to cater for each individual's needs within a nurturing and dynamic environment. The core of our business is aimed at getting young people back into education and employment. We recognise that not every student will have the same requirements, ambitions or indeed problems and what we are really are trying to do here is make a difference to their lives. We try to offer appropriate opportunities to those who may not have attained highest prior achievements.

The key ethos of our provision is:
A personalised programme for each learner, based on their starting point and their planned destination.
The opportunity to have achievements recognised through nationally accredited qualifications.
Bespoke term-time programme for learners with learning difficulties and disabilities is planned. The primary focus is personal independence. Options can include:
Maths
English
ICT
Personal Social Development
Vocational Skills (Computing, Child Care, Hair & Beauty and Motor Vehicle
Work experience
Outing and travel training to increase independence

Many learners with learning difficulties or disabilities will be working towards supported employment or independent living, but others will be heading for other destinations such as Traineeship or an Apprenticeship. A carefully managed programme with support is put in place to enable them to progress successfully.

01234 262004

On Track Education Centre, Silsoe

On Track aims to enable young people to:

- Experience positive achievement and success in the learning environment

- Acquire diverse skills and knowledge in preparation for adult life

- Develop a positive desire to learn constructively and effectively throughout life

01525 864961

Youth Inspired

Youth Inspired is a specialist education provider for adults and young people aged 16+ who have learning difficulties. Our core programme is called Improving Choices; a full time course designed for learners leaving school, or recently left school, who are not able to access college or employment opportunities. Applicants must be aged 16 - 25. The course runs for up to three years, depending on funding being approved by the Local Authority, and the programme is built around the needs of the learner. We offer a range of subjects including; English, Maths and ICT as well as social skills, personal development, independent living skills and vocational subjects. Subject are accredited through Gateway Qualifications, (formally OCN Eastern region), and BCS (The Chartered Institute for IT) offering nationally recognised qualifications. Referrals to this course come through from the Bedford Borough SEND team.

Subject to funding availability we also offer adult community learning courses in a range of subjects. They are designed for adults with a learning difficulty or mental health condition or other barrier to learning such as ASD. These are short courses lasting 8 - 12 weeks. Professionals are able to refer people aged 19+ or learners can refer themselves. The subjects offered are agreed annually. These courses are free at point of access for learners. These courses are also accredited through Gateway Qualifications.

01234 480980