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Student Support

Access to Music is committed to providing an inclusive and supportive environment and to giving opportunities to achieve musical, personal, educational and employment goals. To achieve this we aim to provide a welcoming, effective learning environment that supports learners.

Access to Music has Additional Learning Support Staff to cater for learner needs and, where necessary, employs the services of external specialists to ensure that learners have the appropriate support to enable them to achieve their full potential.

More detailed information is provided in the FAQs below and in the document which can be downloaded at the bottom of the bage.




Identifying Your Support Needs

You may identify yourself, or be identified by us as needing support either at your interview, in welcome week or the first few weeks of your course. We will work together with you to identify what support you need.

  • Getting the your views is the most important part of finding out more about your needs, so we will ask you to think about what support you require and why
  • If there is a ‘statement’ from your school, you will be asked to provide a copy of it
  • We may need to do some more detailed assessments. This will depend on the nature of your disability or learning difficulty. This will be done with your agreement.




Support Provided

A team of specialist tutors will provide specific support for your dyslexia and/or specific learning difficulties.

This can include:

  • regular one-to-one sessions
  • in-class support where appropriate
  • small group sessions with a specialist tutor
  • help with study skills
  • special exam considerations (for students who qualify)
  • referral for in-depth assessments to identify your areas of need


A range of support is also available for students with

  • emotional and/or behavioural difficulties and students with mental illness
  • Support for students with learning difficulties
  • Support for students with physical impairments
  • Support for students with sensory impairments

If you have any queries or requests, please do not hesitate to contact Access to Music’s Additional Learning Support national co-ordinator: bernie.horan-healiss@accesstomusic.ac.uk. Staff are also available in each centre to discuss your needs with face to face.

 

FAQs

1. How does your education setting know if children/young people need extra help?
When learners make an application to any of the Access to Music colleges we make contact with the learner, their parent/guardians/carers and their school. We will visit them in school to discuss their support needs with the school SENCO and their teachers. We will invite the learners and their parents or carers into the relevant ATM College for a number of visits so we can meet with them and discuss any concerns that they may have. We cater for young people with mild learning to severe learning difficulties, we support young people with physical mobility problems and visual impairment. We also cater for young people with mild Asperger’s or autism. We have staff capable of supporting learners with ADHD (Attention Deficiency Hyperactivity Disorder) and SpLD (Specific Learning Difficulties e.g dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia). We welcome learners who have other medical needs which can be discussed on an individual basis to ensure that we can make any necessary arrangements to offer the most appropriate care. We will discuss the service we can offer to your young people with you so that you can decide if Access to Music is the right place to study.

With all our new learners who have high needs, we allocate a learner support tutor and additional learning support tutor to deliver their daily support. Their course tutor and additional learning support tutor will help them through the six week induction so they become comfortable in their new surroundings. We will continue to support learners as they develop their independence and begin to interact with their new friends and other students around the ATM college. Learners are monitored carefully at all times and we will work with the learners on a one to one basis if the learner, staff and parents feel this is necessary.

Family members are very important links so we want to work with you to provide the best possible support package for your young people. We will help you to complete application forms and to apply for any financial support which may be available in the form of bursaries. We will invite parents, guardians and carers to visit the relevant ATM College on a regular basis to meet with tutors to celebrate the young people’s success and to discuss any concerns.


2. What do I do if I think my child has special educational needs?
From your first contact with the ATM College Learning Support Team, you will be given the name of a key contact person who will support the young person and their family. You will be given contact details for the staff team so the young person is able to communicate with an adult at all times. This will mean that you can raise any concerns that you may have on a daily basis. We are also happy for parents/carers to make appointments to meet with the ATM SENCO, ALS tutor, course tutor/s or learner support tutor.


3. How will the education setting staff support my child / young person?
We make planned visits to all the local schools in our ATM Centre catchment areas on a regular basis and make contact with the young people who may be interested in coming to study at Access to Music. We are willing to attend school reviews for learners from year 10 through to year 11. When the young people have been assessed, the Additional Learning Support tutor will write an individual support plan (ISP). School pupils from year 10 will be invited into the relevant ATM College for activity and taster days on a regular basis so the young people become familiar with the ATM College in readiness for their transition.

The Additional Learning Support Co-ordinator will work closely with other members of the learning support team and course tutors in each of the ATM Colleges to plan an education programme for the young people. The education programme will focus on a one or two year course which will include some work experience and will lead to a vocational pathway to employment, traineeship, apprenticeship or supported internship depending on the individual learner and their aspirations. Course tutors and support staff will work with the young people on a daily basis and they will communicate regularly with parents and carers to provide information on progress, achievement and any concerns. The Learning Support Team will meet with parents or carers on a regular basis.

The ATM Coordinator /SENCO who is responsible for coordinating student support in the ATM Collegiate will appoint a member of the Learning Support team staff to liaise with each young person and their family and to be their key contact in the relevant ATM College. TheALS Coordinator/ SENCO reports to the executive leadership team and the Board of Governors on an annual basis. The reports include detail as to how the ATM College is complying with its duty to use best endeavours to provide the young people who have chosen to study at Access to Music with the special education provision and support they require. We will know that our provision is appropriate for the learners if they are enjoying life at the relevant ATM college, attending, making progress and achieving on their course. We will use feedback from our learner voice survey and parent/carer feedback to provide further evidence which we will make available to all learners and their parents/carers.


4. How will the curriculum at your education setting be matched to my child / young person’s needs?
The individual Education Health and Care Plan will provide details of all the support needs for a young person. It will include their educational history, the type of support they require inside and outside the classroom, for example at break and lunchtime. The document will also include plans we may have made in agreement with the learner and their family to help them to become more independent with travel training for example, or some supported work placement opportunities.

We aim to provide an inclusive environment at the ATM Collegiate where all our learners are given equal access to their course of study, to the enrichment programme and to work placement opportunities. Assistive technology will be available to help learners to become more independent. Differentiation will enable the ATM Collegiate to provide the extra support so all learners can achieve and enjoy their studies.

Regular reviews will take place throughout the year and learners will be monitored and observed at all times. Each learner will have a personal, secure e-portfolio. Images and videos of all activities can be uploaded to the individual learner Moodle and/or ILP. Parents and carers may be given access to the relevant learner progress records and to view daily activity logs for their son/daughter. This will be part of an individual curriculum devised for each learner with targets set to enable learners to achieve and aspire to greater success.


5. How will both you and I know how my child/young person is doing and how will you help me to support my child / young person’s learning?
Parents and carers can make contact with the ALS Coordinator/ SENCO, the centre ALS tutor/key contact or with any other member of staff by phone or in person. Contact details for the SENCO, key worker and class tutors will be made available to parents/carers when we meet with you for the first time.

Parents and carers will receive regular information on the progress the young people are making. Tutors and support staff at the relevant ATM College will get to know the young people and build relationships with them as we feel this is very important to help the young people to settle in and to help them to achieve on their course. All learning is tracked and carefully recorded so we will be able to provide instant feedback on the progress young people are making on their course. We will have regular monthly reviews and parents/carer evenings as well as our usual ATM College Progress Reviews which take place in November, March and May.

At the regular review meetings we will work with the young people and their families to plan their education programme based on their EHCP. We will also set activities and tasks to be completed at home, so the whole family can contribute to the learning experience. Parents/carers will be invited into the relevant ATM College on a regular basis and we are planning to offer some parent/carer voice meetings so you can discuss any concerns with the ALS Coordinator/SENCO, ALS tutor and course tutors. We will always maintain regular contact with parents/carers and families.


6. What support will there be for my child’s/young person’s overall emotional health and wellbeing?
Looking after pastoral and emotional needs are just as important to us as support and learning needs. Progress tutors will meet with the young people to discuss any issues they may have, we are also planning to introduce student mentors who will befriend young people new to the college and help them to settle into college life. We are committed to promoting the health and well-being of all students and have trained staff who can deal with any safeguarding or risk assessment concerns.

We have Additional Learning Support (ALS)and Learner Support Tutors (LST’s) who work with each of our teaching teams and they look after attendance and will contact parents/carers if there are concerns about attendance or punctuality. All our staff will monitor and address any behaviour issues. The ALS, LST and Course Tutor will make an appointment with parents or carers if we have concerns about behaviour. We have a student charter (10 Commitments) which will tell you how we expect our young people to behave and how they can expect college staff to behave towards them. We also have a disciplinary policy which will provide sanctions from a verbal to a written and a final written warning if a learner’s behaviour is unacceptable and contravenes the standards of behaviour we expect from our young people. We expect our young people to respect others and the environment around them and to treat other people the way they would expect to be treated.


7. What specialist services and expertise are available at or accessed by the education setting?
We have specialist trained staff who can assess learners and provide appropriate support. The specialist team which includes staff qualified up to level 7 with the skills and experience, who can assess and support learner with Specific Learning Difficulties including; autism, dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia , ADHD and other related conditions.

We currently do not offer speech and occupational theapy. We will work in close collaboration with health and social services to make sure that learners are receiving the support they require to study on a course at the ATM Collegiate.


8. What training are the staff supporting children and young people with SEND had or are having?
The Learning Support Team and all tutors receive regular professional training to refresh and update their skills.


9. How will my child/young person be included in activities outside the classroom including school trips and provision for access to Afterschool clubs?
We will involve parents, carers and young people in the planning of activities and trips out and about from the ATM College. Providing our young people with the opportunity to broaden their experience with educational and social trips and visits is an important part of the courses we deliver. All learners are well supported on their visits.


10. How accessible is the education setting environment?
All ATM College centres provide fully wheelchair accessible, we have lifts for first floor access. The building is visually very pleasant with an open and light environment. We have disabled toilets in all ATM centres.

For learners and parents/carers whose first language is not English we would provide an interpreter, we have staff members who can provide language support.

Equipment for our young people with special educational needs is stored securely in each of the ATM College’s by the Resources Manager and it is collected by the key staff working with young people on a daily basis. Staff are trained to use specialist equipment, which is regularly checked and serviced if required.


11. How will the education setting prepare and support my child/ young person to join the education setting, transfer to a new education setting or the next stage of education and life?
We will visit schools and young people who are interested in studying at the ATM Colleges from year 10 onwards. They will be invited into the relevant ATM College/centre for open events initially then from years 10&11 they will be invited for regular visits and we will visit them in their current school. We will help the young people to prepare for transition to the College with regular contact meetings and visits. We will make sure that the course, room and staff are known to the young people and we will prepare for their enrolment with the relevant ATM College/Centre.


12. How are the education setting’s resources allocated and matched to children’s/young people’s special educational needs?
The ATM Special Education Needs budget is coordinated centrally and allocated according to the individual needs of all our learners. The Local Authority and the Education Funding Agency will meet the cost of the support for our young people.


13. How is the decision made about what type and how much support my child/young person will receive?
Every learner will be assessed in relation to their individual needs in order to help determine whether ATM is the appropriate place for them to study. Meetings with school staff and parents/carers will all be used to provide the information we need to make sure that we provide the best possible support package for the young people who choose to study at any of the ATM Colleges. An informed decision will be made by the SENCO and the Additional Learner Support tutor, Learning Support Co-ordinator and Curriculum Leader on a support plan which will be written in full agreement with the young person and their parents/carers.

We will judge the impact of the support plan by considering the progress a learner is making on their course, by the way in which they settle into the ATM college/centre and if they are enjoying their course from the learner voice feedback.


14. How are parents involved in the setting / school / college? How can I be involved?
We will invite parents/carers to be involved with the progress of all our young people. You will be invited in on a regular basis, you can contact us and visit at any time. Coffee mornings and parents focus group will be an important part of the activities We will inform you when the learners do a good piece of work or achieve progress in a daily activity log which will be sent out to you via an email link.


15. Who can I contact for further information?
The SENCO can be contacted, the key contact for your young person or senior managers at the relevant ATM College. Contact details will be provided when we first meet with you and your child/young person. You are welcome to visit the ATM College for a preliminary visit on one of our open evenings or for one or more of our taster events. We have a student services team who can provide advice and guidance or you can look at the ATM’s Website to find out more information about the local offer.

 

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Student Support

Access to Music is committed to providing an inclusive and supportive environment and to giving opportunities to achieve musical, personal, educational and employment goals. To achieve this we aim to provide a welcoming, effective learning environment that supports learners.

Access to Music has Additional Learning Support Staff to cater for learner needs and, where necessary, employs the services of external specialists to ensure that learners have the appropriate support to enable them to achieve their full potential.

More detailed information is provided in the FAQs below and in the document which can be downloaded at the bottom of the bage.




Identifying Your Support Needs

You may identify yourself, or be identified by us as needing support either at your interview, in welcome week or the first few weeks of your course. We will work together with you to identify what support you need.

  • Getting the your views is the most important part of finding out more about your needs, so we will ask you to think about what support you require and why
  • If there is a ‘statement’ from your school, you will be asked to provide a copy of it
  • We may need to do some more detailed assessments. This will depend on the nature of your disability or learning difficulty. This will be done with your agreement.




Support Provided

A team of specialist tutors will provide specific support for your dyslexia and/or specific learning difficulties.

This can include:

  • regular one-to-one sessions
  • in-class support where appropriate
  • small group sessions with a specialist tutor
  • help with study skills
  • special exam considerations (for students who qualify)
  • referral for in-depth assessments to identify your areas of need


A range of support is also available for students with

  • emotional and/or behavioural difficulties and students with mental illness
  • Support for students with learning difficulties
  • Support for students with physical impairments
  • Support for students with sensory impairments

If you have any queries or requests, please do not hesitate to contact Access to Music’s Additional Learning Support national co-ordinator: bernie.horan-healiss@accesstomusic.ac.uk. Staff are also available in each centre to discuss your needs with face to face.

 

FAQs

1. How does your education setting know if children/young people need extra help?
When learners make an application to any of the Access to Music colleges we make contact with the learner, their parent/guardians/carers and their school. We will visit them in school to discuss their support needs with the school SENCO and their teachers. We will invite the learners and their parents or carers into the relevant ATM College for a number of visits so we can meet with them and discuss any concerns that they may have. We cater for young people with mild learning to severe learning difficulties, we support young people with physical mobility problems and visual impairment. We also cater for young people with mild Asperger’s or autism. We have staff capable of supporting learners with ADHD (Attention Deficiency Hyperactivity Disorder) and SpLD (Specific Learning Difficulties e.g dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia). We welcome learners who have other medical needs which can be discussed on an individual basis to ensure that we can make any necessary arrangements to offer the most appropriate care. We will discuss the service we can offer to your young people with you so that you can decide if Access to Music is the right place to study.

With all our new learners who have high needs, we allocate a learner support tutor and additional learning support tutor to deliver their daily support. Their course tutor and additional learning support tutor will help them through the six week induction so they become comfortable in their new surroundings. We will continue to support learners as they develop their independence and begin to interact with their new friends and other students around the ATM college. Learners are monitored carefully at all times and we will work with the learners on a one to one basis if the learner, staff and parents feel this is necessary.

Family members are very important links so we want to work with you to provide the best possible support package for your young people. We will help you to complete application forms and to apply for any financial support which may be available in the form of bursaries. We will invite parents, guardians and carers to visit the relevant ATM College on a regular basis to meet with tutors to celebrate the young people’s success and to discuss any concerns.


2. What do I do if I think my child has special educational needs?
From your first contact with the ATM College Learning Support Team, you will be given the name of a key contact person who will support the young person and their family. You will be given contact details for the staff team so the young person is able to communicate with an adult at all times. This will mean that you can raise any concerns that you may have on a daily basis. We are also happy for parents/carers to make appointments to meet with the ATM SENCO, ALS tutor, course tutor/s or learner support tutor.


3. How will the education setting staff support my child / young person?
We make planned visits to all the local schools in our ATM Centre catchment areas on a regular basis and make contact with the young people who may be interested in coming to study at Access to Music. We are willing to attend school reviews for learners from year 10 through to year 11. When the young people have been assessed, the Additional Learning Support tutor will write an individual support plan (ISP). School pupils from year 10 will be invited into the relevant ATM College for activity and taster days on a regular basis so the young people become familiar with the ATM College in readiness for their transition.

The Additional Learning Support Co-ordinator will work closely with other members of the learning support team and course tutors in each of the ATM Colleges to plan an education programme for the young people. The education programme will focus on a one or two year course which will include some work experience and will lead to a vocational pathway to employment, traineeship, apprenticeship or supported internship depending on the individual learner and their aspirations. Course tutors and support staff will work with the young people on a daily basis and they will communicate regularly with parents and carers to provide information on progress, achievement and any concerns. The Learning Support Team will meet with parents or carers on a regular basis.

The ATM Coordinator /SENCO who is responsible for coordinating student support in the ATM Collegiate will appoint a member of the Learning Support team staff to liaise with each young person and their family and to be their key contact in the relevant ATM College. TheALS Coordinator/ SENCO reports to the executive leadership team and the Board of Governors on an annual basis. The reports include detail as to how the ATM College is complying with its duty to use best endeavours to provide the young people who have chosen to study at Access to Music with the special education provision and support they require. We will know that our provision is appropriate for the learners if they are enjoying life at the relevant ATM college, attending, making progress and achieving on their course. We will use feedback from our learner voice survey and parent/carer feedback to provide further evidence which we will make available to all learners and their parents/carers.


4. How will the curriculum at your education setting be matched to my child / young person’s needs?
The individual Education Health and Care Plan will provide details of all the support needs for a young person. It will include their educational history, the type of support they require inside and outside the classroom, for example at break and lunchtime. The document will also include plans we may have made in agreement with the learner and their family to help them to become more independent with travel training for example, or some supported work placement opportunities.

We aim to provide an inclusive environment at the ATM Collegiate where all our learners are given equal access to their course of study, to the enrichment programme and to work placement opportunities. Assistive technology will be available to help learners to become more independent. Differentiation will enable the ATM Collegiate to provide the extra support so all learners can achieve and enjoy their studies.

Regular reviews will take place throughout the year and learners will be monitored and observed at all times. Each learner will have a personal, secure e-portfolio. Images and videos of all activities can be uploaded to the individual learner Moodle and/or ILP. Parents and carers may be given access to the relevant learner progress records and to view daily activity logs for their son/daughter. This will be part of an individual curriculum devised for each learner with targets set to enable learners to achieve and aspire to greater success.


5. How will both you and I know how my child/young person is doing and how will you help me to support my child / young person’s learning?
Parents and carers can make contact with the ALS Coordinator/ SENCO, the centre ALS tutor/key contact or with any other member of staff by phone or in person. Contact details for the SENCO, key worker and class tutors will be made available to parents/carers when we meet with you for the first time.

Parents and carers will receive regular information on the progress the young people are making. Tutors and support staff at the relevant ATM College will get to know the young people and build relationships with them as we feel this is very important to help the young people to settle in and to help them to achieve on their course. All learning is tracked and carefully recorded so we will be able to provide instant feedback on the progress young people are making on their course. We will have regular monthly reviews and parents/carer evenings as well as our usual ATM College Progress Reviews which take place in November, March and May.

At the regular review meetings we will work with the young people and their families to plan their education programme based on their EHCP. We will also set activities and tasks to be completed at home, so the whole family can contribute to the learning experience. Parents/carers will be invited into the relevant ATM College on a regular basis and we are planning to offer some parent/carer voice meetings so you can discuss any concerns with the ALS Coordinator/SENCO, ALS tutor and course tutors. We will always maintain regular contact with parents/carers and families.


6. What support will there be for my child’s/young person’s overall emotional health and wellbeing?
Looking after pastoral and emotional needs are just as important to us as support and learning needs. Progress tutors will meet with the young people to discuss any issues they may have, we are also planning to introduce student mentors who will befriend young people new to the college and help them to settle into college life. We are committed to promoting the health and well-being of all students and have trained staff who can deal with any safeguarding or risk assessment concerns.

We have Additional Learning Support (ALS)and Learner Support Tutors (LST’s) who work with each of our teaching teams and they look after attendance and will contact parents/carers if there are concerns about attendance or punctuality. All our staff will monitor and address any behaviour issues. The ALS, LST and Course Tutor will make an appointment with parents or carers if we have concerns about behaviour. We have a student charter (10 Commitments) which will tell you how we expect our young people to behave and how they can expect college staff to behave towards them. We also have a disciplinary policy which will provide sanctions from a verbal to a written and a final written warning if a learner’s behaviour is unacceptable and contravenes the standards of behaviour we expect from our young people. We expect our young people to respect others and the environment around them and to treat other people the way they would expect to be treated.


7. What specialist services and expertise are available at or accessed by the education setting?
We have specialist trained staff who can assess learners and provide appropriate support. The specialist team which includes staff qualified up to level 7 with the skills and experience, who can assess and support learner with Specific Learning Difficulties including; autism, dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia , ADHD and other related conditions.

We currently do not offer speech and occupational theapy. We will work in close collaboration with health and social services to make sure that learners are receiving the support they require to study on a course at the ATM Collegiate.


8. What training are the staff supporting children and young people with SEND had or are having?
The Learning Support Team and all tutors receive regular professional training to refresh and update their skills.


9. How will my child/young person be included in activities outside the classroom including school trips and provision for access to Afterschool clubs?
We will involve parents, carers and young people in the planning of activities and trips out and about from the ATM College. Providing our young people with the opportunity to broaden their experience with educational and social trips and visits is an important part of the courses we deliver. All learners are well supported on their visits.


10. How accessible is the education setting environment?
All ATM College centres provide fully wheelchair accessible, we have lifts for first floor access. The building is visually very pleasant with an open and light environment. We have disabled toilets in all ATM centres.

For learners and parents/carers whose first language is not English we would provide an interpreter, we have staff members who can provide language support.

Equipment for our young people with special educational needs is stored securely in each of the ATM College’s by the Resources Manager and it is collected by the key staff working with young people on a daily basis. Staff are trained to use specialist equipment, which is regularly checked and serviced if required.


11. How will the education setting prepare and support my child/ young person to join the education setting, transfer to a new education setting or the next stage of education and life?
We will visit schools and young people who are interested in studying at the ATM Colleges from year 10 onwards. They will be invited into the relevant ATM College/centre for open events initially then from years 10&11 they will be invited for regular visits and we will visit them in their current school. We will help the young people to prepare for transition to the College with regular contact meetings and visits. We will make sure that the course, room and staff are known to the young people and we will prepare for their enrolment with the relevant ATM College/Centre.


12. How are the education setting’s resources allocated and matched to children’s/young people’s special educational needs?
The ATM Special Education Needs budget is coordinated centrally and allocated according to the individual needs of all our learners. The Local Authority and the Education Funding Agency will meet the cost of the support for our young people.


13. How is the decision made about what type and how much support my child/young person will receive?
Every learner will be assessed in relation to their individual needs in order to help determine whether ATM is the appropriate place for them to study. Meetings with school staff and parents/carers will all be used to provide the information we need to make sure that we provide the best possible support package for the young people who choose to study at any of the ATM Colleges. An informed decision will be made by the SENCO and the Additional Learner Support tutor, Learning Support Co-ordinator and Curriculum Leader on a support plan which will be written in full agreement with the young person and their parents/carers.

We will judge the impact of the support plan by considering the progress a learner is making on their course, by the way in which they settle into the ATM college/centre and if they are enjoying their course from the learner voice feedback.


14. How are parents involved in the setting / school / college? How can I be involved?
We will invite parents/carers to be involved with the progress of all our young people. You will be invited in on a regular basis, you can contact us and visit at any time. Coffee mornings and parents focus group will be an important part of the activities We will inform you when the learners do a good piece of work or achieve progress in a daily activity log which will be sent out to you via an email link.


15. Who can I contact for further information?
The SENCO can be contacted, the key contact for your young person or senior managers at the relevant ATM College. Contact details will be provided when we first meet with you and your child/young person. You are welcome to visit the ATM College for a preliminary visit on one of our open evenings or for one or more of our taster events. We have a student services team who can provide advice and guidance or you can look at the ATM’s Website to find out more information about the local offer.