Our Student Support and Wellbeing team aim to make you feel welcome, inspired and supported so that you can confidently achieve all your learning goals.
Before you start College
We offer advice and guidance for students with support needs who are making the move into further education and apprenticeships.
We support students with learning difficulties, differences and disabilities. The College supports young people who are in or leaving the care system, students who are carers, and students who are experiencing estrangement from their families. We also provide support relating to any issues that may be perceived as disadvantages or potential barriers to success.
Some of our activities may include:
- attending high school yearly reviews prior to application
- a tour of a specific College area where studying will take place, including general College facilities
- additional familiarity visits
- carrying out a variety of assessments to see how we can meet your support needs with referrals to other specialists within the College
- liaison with local authorities and external agencies
- support on interviews with curriculum areas and when you sign up for your course
- in the event that your preferred/chosen course is not suitable for you, we will work closely with you and your parent(s)/guardian(s) to look at other suitable possibilities and opportunities available
Education, health and care (EHC) plan
Young people up to the age of 25 who need a more comprehensive package of support can request an education, health and care (EHC) plan. EHC plans identify educational, health and social needs and set out the additional support to meet those needs.
We work closely with students with an EHC plan, their families and other external agencies, to carry out statutory annual reviews and monitor the outcomes and progress of the EHC Plan.
While you are a student at Blackpool and The Fylde College
Tutors, progress tutors and support staff will work closely with you to ensure we are aware of your individual needs and/or conditions and what specific adjustments need to be made to enable you to progress.
We continually look to enhance learning by adapting resources and putting in place specific strategies to support individual students (which may be suggested by the support team and/or external agencies).
Moving on to apprenticeships, higher education and employment
As you progress on your further education course you will start to have conversations with tutors about moving on. This could be into an apprenticeship, higher education or you may want to get a job.
You may feel unsure about which option to proceed with and we can support you and your parent(s)/carer(s) by introducing you to our colleagues in other areas of the College such as the Careers Team, Apprenticeships Team or Higher Education Team.
We also have contacts within supported employment agencies who can help you search and apply for a job, prepare for job interviews and potentially offer support in the workplace.
We are committed to contributing to Blackpool and Lancashire’s SEND local offer.
You can find information about what is available for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities and their families on the following pages:
In addition to the above, we are proud of our links with the following external organisations, which support young people in education:
- Department for Education SEND support
- Department for Education: Education, Health and Care Plans
- Barnardo’s – for independent advice and guidance on Education, Health and Care Plans
- Supported employment agency for Lancashire students
- Supported employment agency for Blackpool students - Project Search
- Preparing for adulthood, National Development Team for Inclusion
For more information, contact the Student Support and Wellbeing Team on:
T 01253 504356