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Additional Learning Support (ALS)

ALS and Supporting Transition for Students with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

BMet believes high quality support is an imperative part of students’ success enabling every individual to reach their academic potential. The college offers a variety of additional learning support methods depending upon the individual’s needs.  We also offer to support students with SEND with their transition into college.

Learning Disabilities and/or Difficulties, Social/Emotional Behavioural Difficulties

BMet can provide various support for students (16-25) with an Educational, Health and Care Plan (EHCP). All students who declare they have an EHCP on their application form, will be invited in for an interview with the coordinator, for the site, to ensure that BMet can meet the individual’s needs prior to the curriculum interview.

  • Interview with ALS team to assess and discuss support needs
  • Transition visits and taster days
  • A personalised support plan
  • In class support (where applicable and stated on EHCP)
  • Support in the Metro Centres
  • Exam concessions (where applicable). Please note concessions will only be granted when students attend the Metro Centres for additional support.

In addition, if you have declared any of the following, during your interview we will ensure your needs are discussed.

Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Asperger Syndrome, ADHD

  • Access to a quieter space for breaks and time out.

Deaf/Hearing Impairment

If you have declared you are British Sign Language users on application. A communicator is provided for both the ALS and curriculum interview.

  • A personalised support plan
  • In class support – a BSL communicator (minimum level 3)
  • Support from the Local Authority Sensory Service including radio aids, where applicable and if requested by the young person
  • Links with external agencies (where stated on EHCP).

Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Dyspraxia

If you have declared you have dyslexic/dyscalculia or dyspraxia on your application/enrolment form the ALS team will contact you after enrolment.

  • We will request you to bring a copy of your report in advance so we can plan your support needs
  • You can self-refer for a dyslexic screening assessment. Please note this screening will only occur when students attend the Metro Centres for support
  • Exam concessions (where applicable).  Please note concessions will only be granted when students attend the Metro Centres for additional support.
  • Loan of equipment including laptops, Dictaphones, electronic dictionaries, reading pens (for exams).

Visual Impairment

  • Support from the Local Authority Sensory Service where applicable and if requested by the young person
  • Assistive Technology where requested in advance.
  • Exam concessions including modified papers (where applicable).

Mobility

  • An accessibility assessment
  • A Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan

Medical

If you have a medical condition that affects your health at college please notify us at application/enrolment and your personal tutor if your health needs change.

If you need to speak to a coordinator please request an interview on application.

With your agreement all tutors involved in your teaching are informed of any learning difficulties and additional needs to ensure we support you at college.

If you have any queries please have a look at our Frequently Asked Questions or contact one of the following:

Main Switchboard – 0121 446 4545 
James Watt College – Sharon Henry: sharon.henry@bmet.ac.uk ext 2061
Matthew Boulton College – Vicky Robbins: vicky.robbins@bmet.ac.uk  ext 8111
Sutton Coldfield College – Kirstie Stokes: kirstie.stokes@bmet.ac.uk ext 5657