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Inclusive Support

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.

Exam Concessions are applied for where applicable and upon meeting the necessary criteria. Please note these are not automatically transferred from school / previous placements.

Learning Disabilities and/or Difficulties

BMet can provide various support for students (16-25) with an Educational, Health and Care Plan (EHCP). All students who declare they have aEHCP 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 Inclusive Support 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 Study Centres
  • Exam concessions (where applicable). Please note concessions will only be granted when students attend the Study Centres for 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 user on application, an interview is arranged with the coordinator, for the site, to ensure that BMet can meet your needs prior to the curriculum interview. A communicator is provided for both the inclusion 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 
  • Support in the Study Centres  
  • Links with external agencies (where stated on EHCP)
  • Exam concessions.

Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Dyspraxia

If you have declared you have dyslexic/dyscalculia or dyspraxia on your application/enrolment form the Inclusive Support 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  
  • Support in the Study Centres  
  • Loan of equipment including laptops, Dictaphones, electronic dictionaries, reading pens 
  • Exam concessions assessments (where applicable). Please note concessions will only be granted when students attend the Study Centres for support.  

Visual Impairment

If you declare you have a visual impairment you can request an interview with the coordinator, for the site, to ensure that BMet can meet your needs prior to the curriculum interview. 

  • Interview with the Inclusive Support team to assess and discuss support needs where requested. 
  • Transition visits and taster days 
  • A personalised support plan
  • In class support (where applicable and stated on EHCP) 
  • Support in the Study Centres  
  • Support from the Local Authority Sensory Service where applicable and if requested by the young person 
  • Assistive Technology where requested in advance
  • Exam concessions (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 and 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