Learning Support

The Learning Link

The North West Regional College and the Learning Link are committed to equality, diversity and to promoting an inclusive teaching and learning environment for all. The Learning Link at NWRC welcomes students with a range of additional needs such as specific learning difficulties, e.g. dyslexia, physical disabilities, medical conditions, sensory impairments, general learning difficulties and mental health conditions.

Here at the Learning Link we encourage both existing students and new applicants to the College to declare any additional needs to us. If we are aware that you have additional needs which mean that you require extra help to successfully engage with your course, it will enable us to make reasonable adjustments for the duration of your studies. Applicants with additional needs should inform the College on their application form, highlighting any support required as a result of your additional needs.

Formal evidence of your additional needs is essential – for example, a Statement of Special Educational Needs, a Consultant’s letter or an Educational Psychologist’s Report.

Learning Support

Referral via:

  • Upon ticking the Learning Support box on the College application form a Learning Support Referral Form will be sent to the student to complete and submit to the Learning Link.
  • Speaking to a Lecturer; a Lecturer can complete a Learning Support Referral Form (with the student’s consent) and submit it to the Learning Link.
  • Calling in to speak to a member of the Learning Link team (staff are deployed to all campuses).

Registering

  • In order to register, students are required to provide formal evidence of their additional needs.
  • Evidence should be provided along with the Learning Support Referral Form; students will then be invited in for an Assessment of Need meeting.
  • At this Assessment of Need meeting, a member of the Learning Link team will discuss the student’s needs and create a tailored Learning Plan which will be sent to the student’s Lecturers.
  • If a student’s condition is medical, the Learning Link team may also provide students with a Medical Plan.
  • The Learning Link team will review each student’s support throughout the academic year.

Support

  • Appropriate support will be assessed and agreed at the Assessment of Need meeting; all support will be specific to each student’s needs and will help develop independence and progression. The intrinsic dignity of each student will always be respected.
Services include:
  • Advice and Guidance

– Liaison with Lecturers

– Higher Education funding

  • Human Support

– Note takers

– ASD/Mental Health mentors

– Sign Language Interpreters

– Study Skills

  • Assistive Technology

– Equipment, e.g. laptops, stationery

– Specialist software, e.g. Read & Write Gold

– Modified papers

  • Access Arrangements for Exams

– Extra Time

– Reader

– Scribe

– Rest Breaks

Equality and Diversity

Equality is about ensuring everybody has an equal opportunity, and is not treated differently or discriminated against because of their characteristics.

Diversity is about taking account of the differences between people and groups of people, and placing a positive value on those differences. The concept of diversity encompasses acceptance and respect. It means understanding that each individual is unique, and recognizing our individual differences.

Our responsibilities to you

We as a college are committed to fulfilling our responsibilities under Section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998 and the Equality Act of 2010 which legally protects people from discrimination.

The following are protected characteristics set out by the Equality Act 2010:

  • Age
  • Disability
  • Gender reassignment
  • Marriage and civil partnership
  • Pregnancy and maternity
  • Race
  • Religion or belief
  • Sex
  • Sexual orientation

Section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998 requires us, whilst carrying out our functions, powers and duties to have due regard to the need to promote equality of opportunity between:

• Persons of different religious belief, political opinion, racial group, age, marital status or sexual orientation

• Men and women generally
• Persons with a disability and persons without • Persons with dependants and persons without

Without prejudice to these obligations, we are required to have regard to the desirability of promoting good relations between persons of different religious belief, political opinion or racial group.

Equality considerations are central to our policy processes.. The main aim of Section 75 is to make sure that Equality is at the core of everything we do as a college. NWRC aims to provide a supportive learning environment which demonstrates respect for and acceptance of difference, where every individual is supported in order to achieve their full potential in an environment free from unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation.

Upholding equality is about acknowledging that we are all different and accepting those differences!

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What can you do to promote Equality and Diversity?

  • Respect everyone’s beliefs / views even if they are different from your own
  • Always treat other students and staff members with respect and dignity
  • Stand alongside those who are experiencing discrimination
  • Challenge questionable language, attitudes and behaviours if you believe someone is behaving or speaking inappropriately
  • Avoid labelling people and do not isolate or use inappropriate language or images of someone
  • Respect each other’s cultural practices and traditions – this includes food, clothing and spiritual/religious practice
  • Behave in a manner that could not be considered offensive to other students, staff or the general public

Criminal Convictions

NWRC actively promotes equality of opportunity for all and welcomes enrolments from students with criminal convictions. However in order to manage any risk, you must tell us about any unspent convictions you have. You should do this by declaring on the colleges enrolment form. Certain courses require you to consider spent

as well as unspent criminal convictions. In such instances, you must disclose all past offenses as it may impact on your career progression.

By disclosing criminal convictions you will not automatically be excluded from the application / enrolment process. The College will assess the risk that you may pose and determine whether it can be managed. You will be advised about the outcome of this process as quickly as possible.

If you are convicted of a criminal offence after you have applied, you must contact the Safeguarding Team and tell them about this.

For more information, please contact our Safeguarding Officer on 028 7127 8709.

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