Disability & Additional Learning Needs
The College Merthyr Tydfil is committed to providing an environment that promotes equality and inclusion for all students capable of succeeding on their chosen course. We welcome students with additional learning needs and endeavour to make every effort to identify and remove barriers to their learning. We refuse to tolerate discriminatory behaviour based on disability and aim to create equal opportunities for all students enabling them to achieve their very best.
The ALN department provides support to students who have an additional learning need, such as SpLD (dyslexia, dyscalculia, dyspraxia and ADD/ADHD) as well as general, complex and severe learning difficulties, mental health conditions, anxiety, depression, PTSD, Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD), sensory impairments, physical difficulties, and medical conditions.
The Learning Coach team is made up of highly experienced and qualified staff that supports students with additional learning needs to overcome their barriers to learning and provide them with the best opportunity to reach their full potential.
- Individual study needs plan and ongoing monitoring of support needs.
- In-class support – note-taking, human support, physical support.
- 1:1 tutorials – mentoring, proofreading, and organisation support, timekeeping, help with assignments.
- Assistive technology – Dragon Speech, Read & Write Gold, IncludeMe, Dictaphone, and laptop loans etc.
- Assessment for access arrangements.
- A flexible and student-centred approach to your support needs.
- Friendly approachable team.
Exam Access Arrangements
Access arrangements are reasonable adjustments during examinations, such as extra time, a reader, a scribe, smaller/separate room, modified/enlarged exam papers etc. awarded to individuals based on evidence of need and normal way of working.
If you have had access arrangements in the past it is important that you let us know as soon as possible so we can work towards putting this in place for you during your time at college. If this is not something you have had before but you feel you may need examination support then please get in touch with the team to discuss your needs.
If you want to study a Higher Education course at The College Merthyr Tydfil and you have been diagnosed with a learning difficulty, mental health condition, physical disability, or a long-term medical condition then we can help you apply for Disabled Students Allowance through Student Finance Wales.
Successful applicants will be provided with assistive technology, specialist equipment as well as human support from a member of our team to help you achieve your qualification.
Here at the college we understand that the transition from school to college, and out of college can be a very daunting prospect. Our designated transition officer and wider support team are here to help with any anxieties or issues you may be experiencing.
Our designated transition officer is available to:
- Attend your year 11 annual reviews to offer advice and guidance on the application process and support on offer at the college
- Help update support plans and one-page-profiles
- Help you through the application and admissions process.
- Offer transition meetings to get you familiar with the college building and student life at FE level.
- Provide advice on student services and the wider wellbeing team at the college.
The Hwb offers a drop-in area that is staffed at all times by a member of the ALN department. Our team is on-hand to offer friendly advice and guidance to any problems that you may be experiencing. We offer:
- A quiet space to relax in-between lesson and during lunch breaks.
- Access support, advocacy, and signposting the support provided by the wider wellbeing team such as counselling, careers, I2A and finance.
- The use of our assistive technology such as dictation tools, and advanced spell-check.
- Drop-in session for out-of-class academic support e.g. proofreading, organisation support sessions, revision sessions, essay structuring and planning, assistive technology workshops and bespoke support sessions.
- A safe space to talk to the team and get support and advice on your general wellbeing.
ALN Coordinator: Gavin Vowles
Phone: 01685 726029
Address: The College Merthyr Tydfil, Ynysfach, CF48 1AR