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Learning Support

Herefordshire and Ludlow College provides high quality support to individuals with disabilities and/or learning difficulties.

The college can provide information for learners, potential learners, parents and referral agencies. Working in partnership with students and relevant personnel, we are constantly working towards removing barriers to education. The College provides a wide range of support which is tailored to individual needs. If you have any queries or requests, please do not hesitate to contact the Learning Support Team on 01432 365545.

If you need help with arranging an Education, Health and Care Plan assessment please visit for more information and the local authority can guide you in this process or email

You can also find out the Local SEND Offer on the council website.

Assessment of need

We will carry out an initial assessment, to establish how we can best support you during your time at College.

  • Getting the student’s views is the most important part of the assessment, so we will ask you to think about what support you require and why.
  • If there is a ‘statement’ or Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) 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.

Dyslexia and/or intensive English/Maths support

Within our team we have specialist support workers who will provide specific support for your dyslexia and/or specific learning difficulties. This can include:

  • Regular 1-1 sessions
  • Small group sessions
  • Help with study skills
  • Special exam considerations (for students who qualify)
  • Use of assistive technology e.g. TEXThelp

There is also support available if you have more general difficulties with your English and Maths.

Beating Dyslexia

A comprehensive range of techniques for overcoming dyslexia with information and definitions that have been based on scientific research can be found at

Support for examinations and assessments

There are a variety of ways that you can be supported when taking your exams.These can include:

  • Extra time for exams
  • Someone to read the exam paper and write down the answers (scribe)
  • A communicator to sign exam questions

Support for exams and assessments needs to be agreed with the examination boards in advance, so should be applied for as early as possible.

Support for learners with emotional and/or behavioural difficulties and learners with mental illness

Support is available where requested and can be formal or informal.This can include:

  • Access to Learner Services
  • Access to a student support adviser
  • In- class support where appropriate.

Support for learners with learning difficulties

We provide both full and part time courses and support for learners with learning difficulties. This can be discrete provision or via mainstream courses. The support available will often include:

  • In- class support from Learning Support Assistants (LSA's).
  • Supervision at lunchtimes where necessary
  • Help with English and Maths
  • Special exam considerations (for students who qualify)

Support for learners with physical impairments

Our learning support team will work with you to enable you to access the full curriculum on offer. The support offered can include:

  • Personal Care (help you apply for care support through your Education, Health and Care Plan with the Local Authority)
  • Individual support in class where necessary with your studies
  • Help with getting about the College (help you apply for care support through your Education, Health and Care Plan with the Local Authority)
  • Special exam considerations (for students who qualify)

Support for learners with sensory impairments

Support is available via specialist communicators for the deaf and support workers for visually impaired students. This support can include:

  • Communication support such as sign language
  • Specialist equipment to support hearing impaired learnerss
  • Specialist equipment to support visually impaired learners
  • Note taking and help with study skills