Learning Support

Faculty of Inclusion – Learner Support Team

At Pembrokeshire College we take learner support very seriously. As a leading education provider, we aim to maximise all our learner’s potential. Our award winning learning and wellbeing support helps to raise individual learner’s performance and help them progress to further learning, successful voluntary or employment opportunities or preparing for adulthood.

The College has a large dedicated and extensive Learning Support Team, who work together to ensure that the appropriate levels of support and guidance are in place to suit the needs of individual learners. The Team will signpost, where necessary, to the other College support services e.g. safeguarding, counselling, medical, finance, transport etc

The Learner Support team will

  • work with you, and the people that know you best. This could be your school, parents, carers, and Career Wales to ensure that we have the correct information about how best to support you during your transition and admission to College. This can include attending your School Annual Review;
  • offer an individual or small group transition visit to the College (when the College is open);
  • help you make an application to College and support you through the admissions process;
  • ensure all appropriate access arrangements or personal care is in place

Whatever course a learner joins, we will ensure that all your additional learning needs, learning difficulties or disabilities, will be met in a College environment.

Access to specialist learner support personnel and services

As part of our commitment to ensuring that all our learners are able to get the most out of their time studying at the College, they have access to an extensive team of professional, experienced and committed learning support and wellbeing staff.

A large team of Learning Support Assistants (LSA’s) provide classroom, workshop and drop-in support for all our learners with additional learning needs, learning difficulties and disabilities during their time at College. LSA support can be adapted to suit a learner’s individual needs. The support varies from supporting individual learners needs on a 1:1 or shared basis; help in completing assignments, adapting resources, making notes, time management, organisation skills, and developing their digital literacy, numeracy and literacy skills.

The LSA team also provide personal support to assist in day-to-day activities. Learners with mobility needs, medical needs and general care needs will be supported with dignity and respect and in a person-centred way.

Our team of Communication Support Workers (CSW’s) provide 1:1 support for our hearing-impaired learners and will adapt or modify resources, make notes, and help in completing assignments according to the learner’s individual needs.

All of the LSA’s and CSW’s work very closely with the curriculum teaching teams and are trained and encouraged to develop a learner’s independence skills whilst at College.

A Specialist Support Assessor provides a diagnostic assessment for examination access arrangements. This includes assessing reasonable adjustments for learners with disabilities and Additional Learning Needs in accordance with the Equality Act 2010.

A Learning Support and Equality Manager will provide advice on all aspects of learner support and Equality matters.

If you need any advice or guidance on any aspect of Learning Support please contact learningsupport@pembrokeshire.ac.uk

Also please read through our learner guide on becoming a College learner: An ILS Learners Information Guide

We have an excellent partnership working with Careers Wales Advisors, the Inclusion and Education Departments of Pembrokeshire County Council and a number of Third Sector organisations e.g. Mencap, Frame, Norman Industries, and Pembrokeshire People First etc.

At the end of their course of study, we all work together to identify the best transition arrangement for all our learners with Additional Learning Needs. This may include support and advice on Living Independently (to help you prepare for adulthood), employment or voluntary work, or the further study at College or another training provider.

Independent Living Skills programmes

For further information on our bespoke person centered Independent Living Skills programmes for learners with moderate or severe learning difficulties or disabilities, please watch this short film.

“The many and very well integrated facets of support offered to learners are outstanding, with the result that most learners who receive support go on to gain their main qualification.” ESTYN May 2017